I HAVE A SMALL KITCHEN AND DO NOT KNOW HOW TO PLAN THE LAYOUT

SOLUTION ONE

Make a list of priorities for your needs and start inserting items into plan one at a time

SOLUTION TWO

Use a the software at a big box store to plan your kitchen design 

SOLUTION THREE

Use a design app with good filters to look at kitchens for inspiration that could work for you

SOLUTION ONE

Make a list of priorities for your needs and start inserting items into plan one at a time

When you are working with a small kitchen as much as you would like to have it all it just isn’t possible. A steam oven and a warming drawer sound amazing but you can’t take a sink out of the plans just to make room for them.

Start by making a list of things you need in your kitchen. Some obvious starters are:

Once you have this much in a kitchen you can continue making the list with the things you use most in your kitchen. List the items you have that you use a lot and how much cabinet space they take up. For instance, you may have a Cuisinart, a popcorn maker, and a blender. This could be a whole cabinet or three things you haven’t used since you bought them and can be eliminated from your plan. Some examples of extras could be:

  • Built-in microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Island or eat-in option
  • Pull out garbage can
  • Drawers for cooking utensils
  • Junk drawer
  • Cabinet for specialty glasses (wine, cocktail, margarita)
  • Cabinet for entertaining and serving platters
  • Tupperware and Ziplock storage
  • Extra food storage space
  • Baking pans and tins

You may want to hang your pots and pans to save space or you might prioritize putting them in a cabinet. Your cooking utensils can go in a drawer but you could also put utensils in a decorative holder on your countertop. You will want a refrigerator but can you live with a smaller one to have a floor to ceiling pantry with pull out drawers? Would you shrink the size of your sink to fit a full-size dishwasher?

Sacrifices always have to be made when you design a small kitchen but that does not mean you can’t end up with a kitchen you love. Play around with sizes and placement until you come up with something that works for you!

Did you know if you are gutting your kitchen, in some cases, totally reworking the footprint adds minimal, to no cost? If you are getting stuck fitting things where you want them because you are working with the old floorplan ask a contractor to take a look and get a second opinion on moving appliances and sinks. 

 

 

SOLUTION TWO

Use a the software at a big box store to plan your kitchen design 

Most big box stores, such as Home Depot and Lowes, have software programs that can design kitchens to the 1/8″. If you have a contractor to install or want to design online you could also use CliqStudios. They also work with custom cabinetry producers so you can maximize your space by ordering cabinets to the exact width and you need.

The other good feature is that you can see all of the options for the cabinets and appliance sizes as you design.

In a small kitchen you may not have to buy a lot of cabinets, but they will be expensive becuase you will want to add the features that make them more functional.

RMDLR small kitchen layout
You do not want a useless corner cabinet in a small kitchen. You will want to add a spinning shelf or pull out rack so you do not lose that valuable space. You might want to have taller upper cabinets that go to the ceiling to add more storage or put glass fronts on them to make the space look visually less closed in. There a lot of good solutions but be aware they come at a cost.

If figuring out the options overwhelms you remember the people who sit with you to design do this all the time. They know the options and can help you make choices. They also may have very different taste than you. If something they suggest is not sitting well, speak up! You are the one who is paying for it and has to live with it so go with your gut.

Not ready to pull someone else into your design? Try the Icovia software offered on PotteryBarn.com to play around with layouts. 

SOLUTION THREE

Use a design app with good filters to look at kitchens for inspiration that could work for you

Use a design app to get inspired and see what other people are doing with their small kitchen spaces.

Houzz is a great app for inspiration because it offers so many filters you can find the right size and aesthetic of kitchen for you.

Houzz app features filters by:

  • Style (from contemporary to Victorian), location (city and country)
  • Budget ($ to $$$$),
  • Size (compact to expansive)
  • Main color used in room
  • Layout (L or U shape, galley, one wall)
  • Type (how it is laid out with other rooms)
  • Number of islands (if any)
  • Cabinet style

With over almost three million kitchen photos get your thumbs ready for a scrolling workout!

photo credit: Houzz.com

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