A small kitchen can be difficult to move around in. Especially if you have pots piled precariously on top of the surfaces, the hob and even the microwave. Add another person in the mix and moving around the kitchen can feel like a game of dodgems.
Though, just because you live in a small house or flat, it doesn't mean that you have to give up on home-cooked meals. You can maximise the limited space you have and make your kitchen work for you. With a few clever space-saving tricks and specially-designed appliances, you can create a small but perfectly formed kitchen without breaking the bank.
Read on to take a look at our top tips for your small kitchen.
Handy Little Hacks for the Home Chef
See yourself as a bit of an expert? Maybe the next Gordon Ramsay! It can be a hard job being a hands-on chef in a tiny kitchen. Where are you supposed to chop and peel your vegetables when the worktop is only just big enough for a spice rack and a cutlery jar? Give yourself a little extra breathing space with these handy hacks:
- Over-The-Sink Chopping Board - This will create a space-saving food prep area for slicing and dicing.
- Deep-Pan Drawers - Pull-out larders or corner carousels to keep your cast-iron cookware neat and tidy, cleared away.
- Freestanding Storage Shelves - These are available with a block-top, to give you that bit of extra storage and a chopping board on wheels.
Save Space with Versatile Space Saving Appliances
Don't want to waste precious worktop space with cooking appliances? A huge variety of space-saving appliances are available to for into any little nook or cranny.
Find a New Space for the Washing Machine
You may think that the kitchen is the obvious place to put a washing machine. Though, in continental Europe, you'll more than likely find it in a bathroom! So, if you're stuck for space, it might be worth relocating your laundry appliance elsewhere. If your bathroom is just as teeny, you might be able to squeeze it in a cupboard under the stairs.
Though, if your washing machine is just too bulky to fit away into a little nook, try a more compact version. Here at Appliance World, we stock a range of Washing Machines, all available at a range of drum sizes. Though, if you are looking for a small appliance, we recommend a small drum size.
Why Not Try:
Montpellier have created a washing machine with a small drum size, perfect for those living along or couples in a small house. If you want your laundry done in 30 minutes simply choose a quick wash and press start and the machine will do the rest! The MW5100P offers all the functionality you could want in a washing machine. It's simple and easy in its functions, designed to make your life easier so that you can simply set, and forget.
- Drum Capacity: 5kg
- Energy Rating: A++ Rated
- Number of Programmes: 15 programmes
- Spin Speed: 1000rpm Spin Speed
Clean Up With a Dinky Dishwasher
If you have ever had a dishwasher, you probably won't ever want to be without one. If you haven't, trust us, the time and arguments it saves are reason enough to squeeze one in. No matter how small your kitchen.
Small, slimline 45cm dishwashers can help keep the tiniest kitchen organised. If you're looking for even smaller, dishdrawers can be a great choice. They'll keep your kitchen clutter-free and give it that added wow factor.
Just remember, if you do choose a super-compact dishwasher, you will still need to connect it to a water supply and waste as you would a full-size design.
Why Not Try:
The designer series compact dishwasher from Fisher Paykel offers a total of 6 programmes, space for 6 place settings and an A++ rating for energy, washing and drying. It is finished in stainless steel and has a noise level of 45 decibels.
- 6 Place Settings
- Cutlery Basket
- Delay Timer of 1-12 Hours
- Smart Drive intelligent technology
Supersize the Sink
Your small kitchen might not have space for a dishwasher, so it's worth finding room for a double sink. Keep one bowl for washing and one bowl for dirty dishes. That way you'll have somewhere to stack dirty prep utensils and plates out of sight, and without cluttering precious worksurface.
Fit Storage on the Inside of Doors
The key to successful planning in a small kitchen is to utilise every last surface and space. One way to do this is to attach storage for bottles and jards to the inside of your cupboard doors - or even to the back of the kitchen door itself.
The Finished Product
Now you've got a few ideas on how to make your small kitchen that bit smarter, you may want to upgrade your appliances. This is where Appliance World can step in and help. Here at Appliance World, we are one of the leading specialists of kitchen appliances in Manchester and we stock a huge range of space saving, small appliances at fantastic, highly competitive prices. With our huge team of experienced experts, we'll be more than happy to help you find the perfect appliances for your new kitchen. We are proud to stock an extensive range of big name-manufacturer brands such as Bosch, Samsung, Hotpoint and many more. So, if you're looking for new kitchen appliances in Manchester for your compact kitchen, be sure to get in touch with us today on 0161 794 3030.