Hidden Spaces in the Kitchen – Ways To Add Functionalities and Arrangements
Have you ever considered having the hidden space, especially if you have a small kitchen? No need to be discouraged – designing a small kitchen isn’t exactly easy and most designers are struggling to overcome the challenge. After all, the kitchen should focus on functionality but it doesn’t mean that you can’t decorate it in the stylish manner. The problem with such a case is that you sometimes can’t combine them both – you can make a functional but neglect the style. Or, you can style it up but without focusing on the functionality. So what can you do about it?
Smart Tips in Managing the Hidden Area in Small Space
Again, don’t be discouraged when you are struggling with the limited space. Implementing the hidden space can actually improve the function of the kitchen without having to deal with complicated arrangement. The first thing that you can do is to ‘borrow’ any nearby space. It means that incorporating the hidden area doesn’t have to be applied right in the kitchen. Why not using the pantry, which is basically the dining room closet? The pantry isn’t located in the kitchen although it is close enough. By incorporating the pantry, you can make use of it for microwave and storage. Add adjustable and deep drawers with the pull-out counter underneath the microwave to maximize storage. The tray storage can be super useful with opening pull-out and deep drawers for any flexible changes.
There is another tip to manage the small kitchen: focus on storage. Just because you have a small kitchen, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a tall storage cabinet. Choose a cabinet that extends from the floor to the ceiling, and choose the cabinet in light wooden color. It will create a taller and bigger space. The cabinet should be able to accommodate several storage spaces, drawers, and slots so your needs for storage is taken care of.
Making Use Of the Appliances
When you have a countertop and the cabinet, why not including a hidden space for the refrigerator? Yes, a compact refrigerator that fits perfectly to the countertop can save up a lot of space. Consider a refrigerator with counter-depth dimension and also French doors – not the regular swing doors. Such an arrangement will save up space and it creates a bigger effect for the room. Of course, the counter-depth refrigerator isn’t the only thing that you can fit on the countertop. You can pack up the microwave, the oven, or such thing alike – depending on your preference.
Another tip that you can do is to choose the basic countertops – the ones with storage drawers on the bottom. Sure, feel free to choose high end functions or a broiler, but such a sophisticated design won’t be able to help with your kitchen utensil storage. Not to mention that the basic designs are more inexpensive than the high end options.
If you have empty walls, you can consider having a fake wall for the hidden area. It is clever, it is neat, and it is super cool. But such a fake wall for the hidden space can be quite costly during the installation, so think carefully.