It’s The Heart, Not The Size
Most everyone remembers or have heard of “Lassie”, the television show about the collie dog who always helped save Timmy, who couldn’t help but fall that well. Somebody needed to train that kid to keep away from circular holes in the ground, but that’s not the point: Lassie was physically smaller than the farmers that the dog served—but what a heart.
Just because the package is smaller doesn’t mean the heart is. In contrast, look at a bear. What a massive heart defines such a creature! Do you think you’ll find one helping save a child from a well? Not unless the bear is looking to save that kid for dessert! The size of someone’s heart is not necessarily equitable to their physical size.
Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It may not be the largest physically, but it will still be a center of activity. Cooking, food storage, shared meals, recreation, downtime, midnight snacks—all will be centered in the kitchen. But if yours is tiny, how can you get the most from it? Well, there are a few different ways, and we’ll explore them here.
1. Space Maximization Through Vertical Storage
Many of the issues with smaller kitchens have to do with storage. Pots and pans shouldn’t be stuck under a sink, or take up the whole of a cabinet. A better idea might be mounting them on the wall, or even hanging them from the ceiling.
Where can you update storage so that it’s not spread out where you’re working, but rather above where you’ll primarily be? That’s the idea.
2. Is There A Window Nearby? A Tiny Garden
As an aesthetic enhancer, foliage is a great idea. It can be hard to find room for it, though. Thankfully, many kitchens are designed with one or two windows adjacent to the space—even in smaller homes. A window garden can give a kitchen a lot of character. Plus, you can grow things like parsley in it, which will certainly enhance cooking.
3. Exploring RTA Cabinetry
RTA stands for Ready To Assemble. Essentially, the RTA approach to cabinetry allows for unprecedented levels of customization. Those who are interested in going this route can simply plug in dimensions online, and the cabinets are then shipped to the home of those who’ve ordered such options. When materials arrive, the cabinets are assembled on-site.
This makes it so even if you’ve got a very small kitchen, you can customize storage so things don’t feel cramped inside. Here’s a site that offers RTA kitchen cabinets. There are plenty of style options to choose from, and those who own kitchens can add cabinets individually to suit size limitations. The higher the cabinets, the more storage you can get in a small space.
4. Downsizing Unnecessary Items: Get Rid Of The Junk
Something else worth considering is possession management. Many kitchens slowly accumulate junk. The blender quits working, but you keep it in a cabinet anyway. What are you saving it for; posterity? Throw that thing out! Or, sell it for a buck at a garage sale. How about those old cups with all the chips in the ceramic that cut your lips? Throw them out!
Have you cleaned your fridge recently? A lot of times refrigerators get full of food you’re never going to eat, and it goes bad. You want to clean out that fridge once every couple of months at least. Look at your pots and pans. Which ones don’t you use? Look at how many dishes you have. Do you commonly entertain huge parties, or do those dishes just gather dust?
Find what things you don’t need, or haven’t used, or are broken, and get rid of them one way or another—either by throwing them out or selling them. This will free up a lot of space, allowing you more kitchen utility.
5. Sink Backsplashes And Updating Your Flooring Arrangement
A tile backsplash behind your sink is straightforward in terms of installation, you can choose coloration (or even make a sort of “pixelated” image, where each tile represents a “data” unit toward the bigger picture), and such enhancements have a practical purpose as well.
The backsplash keeps the wall clean, makes your kitchen look better, and raises property value. Beyond backsplashes, you might take a look at the kitchen floor. Is it tile, wood, or carpet? It shouldn’t be carpet—that would be wild.
However, now and again an old kitchen has flooring like that. If you’ve got carpet in your kitchen, what are you doing? Switch that out now! Once it’s gone, you’ve got wood, tile, and LVP options. Go with LVP or tile, wood gets damaged.
Helping Your Kitchen Be All It Can Be
Sink backsplashes, updated flooring, downsizing unnecessary items, RTA cabinetry options, a tiny window garden, and vertical storage space maximization all represent fine options to maximize a tiny kitchen. Remember, the kitchen is the heart of your home.
Just because it’s physically small doesn’t mean it’s small in terms of residential impact. So jazz up your tiny kitchen.