Whether you have 10 square feet or 100, humans are rarely satisfied with the size of their kitchens. We wrote a lot about small kitchens this year and that means we have plenty of advice to help you love your space way more than you do. Give this a read, steal the tips, and prepare your heart for a whole new love.
1. Eliminate the clutter.
Clutter is always the enemy — especially in a small kitchen. Clutter makes a room look even smaller. And it makes it harder to do what you need to do. Luckily, we've got some tips for getting rid of it all.
2. Work smarter.
Just because you have a tiny kitchen doesn't mean you can't pump out a great meal for yourself and a few friends. You just have to have a handle on things. Here are a few ways smart cooks handle cooking for more than one or two in a really small space.
3. Steal ideas from unexpected places.
Inspiration is all around us! Even the tiniest of kitchens can give you some good storage ideas for your own space.
- 7 Storage Lessons to Steal from This Stylish Airstream Kitchen
- 3 Smart Storage Ideas to Steal from a Cross-Country Camper
- 7 Brilliant Kitchen Storage Ideas to Steal from Real-Life Tiny Houses
- 5 Organizing Tips to Steal from People Who Live on Boats
- 10 Brilliant Storage Ideas to Steal from These Tiny, International Airbnbs
- 10 of the Smartest Small Kitchens We've Ever Seen
4. Take advantage of all the space you have.
So you've got two square-feet to work with? That's more than nothing! You just have to get creative and put every single inch to good use.
- 11 Smart Ways to Use the Space Above Your Cabinets
- 5 Ways to Take Advantage of the Most Obvious Wasted Space in Your Kitchen
- 8 Ways to Create Storage in a Small Kitchen You Own
- 10 Ways to Create Storage in a Small Rental Kitchen
- The Smartest Way to Add More Storage to Any Kitchen
- This Small Kitchen Features Storage in a Place You've Never Even Considered
- 7 Smart Ways to Get More Storage Out of Your Walls
- 6 Brilliant Space-Making Solutions for Galley Kitchens
- The Hiding-in-Plain-Sight Storage Space You're Not Using
5. Make it look bigger.
Whether you live in a small apartment, an older (pre-island fetish) home, or just an average house, you probably wish your kitchen was a little bit bigger. Or at least wish it looked bigger, right? We can't help you increase the square footage, but we can help with the second part of that.
6. Give yourself a little dining area.
You almost always have room for (at least) a tiny dining table. We've got all sorts of tricks for squeezing one in — plus, a few to buy.
- 5 Brilliant Ways to Create Dining Space in the Tiniest Kitchen
- 10 Teeny-Tiny Dining Tables for Equally Tiny Kitchens
7. Be proud of your little space.
Stop being embarrassed by it or claiming that you can't host a dinner party because your space is too small. You can make it work and you should be proud of it. Tell yourself how much you love it, and eventually you really will.