If you have limited space, or simply do not like cooking, you should try to organize the kitchen in the simplest and most functional way possible.

No problem, a small kitchen is not so bad if we consider the rule of the “kitchen work triangle”, according to which the sink, the hob and the refrigerator must be located a few steps away from each other, both in linear configurations and in L ones: in this way the various phases of the work will take place in a logical way without wasting time.

The guidelines to follow

The successful kitchens are the result of careful planning aimed at exploiting every millimeter of available space. For this reason, it is important to contact an expert, who will help you finding the best strategies to make your space seem bigger than it actually is. Following a few simple rules will allow you to have a functional and well-organized kitchen:

1. Snack Bar Unit

If your dream is an island or a peninsula but the space is not enough, you can opt for a comfortable snack bar unit. This solution is perfect for preparing food, for a quick snack, or for having breakfast.

2. Appliances

Avoid choosing free-standing refrigerators, which are bulkier and deeper than built-in refrigerators.

3. Choice of components

In the choice of components there are space-saving solutions that will not make you regret a larger kitchen, such as:

  • Use of columns as high as the ceiling and of wall units, to make the most of the height available;
    Columns with built-in appliances;
  • Drawers equipped with extractable metal elements: they help to make the most of the capacity of the modules;
  • Furniture with retractable doors: when the space to open the door is little or when the door hinders the passage inside the kitchen;
  • Base unit with pull-out top: small kitchens tend to have little space for food preparation, in this way you will have an extra space if necessary;
  • Shelves: to be preferred to wall units to make the room look brighter and more airy.

Arclinea – Base unit with internal drawers, corner base unit with shaped baskets and base unit with internal lift-up worktop

4. Choice of finishes

Another solution to make the space bigger is to focus on simplicity: a well-organized kitchen without superfluous elements will be much more pleasant to live. As for the materials, preferring light finishes, soft colors, and reflecting surfaces such as glass or steel will help to expand the spaces making the environment seem larger than what it actually is.

5. Lighting

Ensuring good lighting is very important for cooking without taking risks and for avoiding straining your eyes. For small rooms it is advisable to choose particularly efficient technical lights, recessed or spotlights, to be placed under the wall units. To guarantee perfect visibility, it is also possible to insert the lighting even inside bases, baskets and columns.

Our project

In this project the challenge was to succeed in inserting a kitchen equipped with every comfort in a small, irregularly shaped environment. The client wanted a kitchen with an island, but the size and the architecture of the room did not allow it, the right compromise was found by inserting a small snack bar unit.

The kitchen has been designed taking advantage of every centimeter available in both height and width, thanks to the inclusion of tall columns and fitted drawers. The corner was sorted out by extending the compartment above the oven and creating a small open space. A white laminate was chosen for the base and the top, while the snack bar unit and the columns are made of ash oak. Despite the small size of the environment all the requests of the client have been fulfilled.

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26 March 2018 Postato in: All Articles, Furnishing: How-To, Our Projects Tags: ,