Feeling like your kitchen just isn’t big enough? Have a look at these compact, stylish kitchens which have maximised the use the space available without making it feel cramped and poky.
A tiny, yet functional kitchen is clearly possible. On top of that, as shown by these compact kitchens, it’s also possible to create a homely atmosphere, with a contemporary twist.
Via House Beautiful
The biggest problem with most small kitchens is the big refrigerator! I notice that in a few of these pictures the fridge is not even shown, which begs the question: where is it? My apartment has a galley kitchen – everything is lined up on one side, and there’s a bare wall behind you. Not a great arrangement, but it works for one, and in a pinch, two people if they choreograph their moves. But that refrigerator, at the “dead end” of the kitchen, robs the room of what could be a prime piece of countertop space. I’ve thought many times of switching to an under-counter solution, but I’m not willing to sacrifice the capacity. I would really love to see some new developments in this area! Maybe an under-counter unit with an eye-level beverage unit… I don’t know, but something’s got to be done to create some open work space in truly small kitchens with no place else to put the refrigerator.
I was wondering about that too when I posted this blog – ‘Where is the fridge!?’ I’m presuming that some of the kitchens have under-counter, built-in refrigerators.
It would be great to see some new developments in this area. I wonder if it’s possible for them to create a shallow wall refrigeration unit, which you could then use in conjunction with an under-counter base unit, and not lose out on storage capacity or counter top space.
They’ve already got some similar concepts for dishwashers and washing machines: http://tinyurl.com/ag854jd, http://tinyurl.com/7jjbk6
It’d be good to see refrigerators undergo a little design rEvolution too!