Working with a small kitchen is a struggle many Chicagoans know all too well. Cooking and entertaining can be a challenge when you have a small space, but luckily there are ways to make your kitchen look and feel bigger by remodeling it. There are ways to optimize the space in your kitchen that you may not have thought about before. Here are a few tips to think about when remodeling your small Chicago kitchen.
To optimize the space in your kitchen and make it more functional, the following should be considered:
- Tear down walls. This is probably the most effective way to maximize the space in your kitchen, even if you don’t expand the kitchen itself. Simply opening up the space around the kitchen can make it more functional and appear larger. Even widening doorways can make a big difference in the appearance of the space.
- Rearrange the layout. It’s amazing how much you can transform your space by moving things around a little bit. This is where it helps to have a designer re-imagine your kitchen’s space by doing a complete redesign.
- Add shelving to make up for lack of cabinet space – Floating shelves can be a great option for storing items like jars, canisters, spices, salt & pepper shakers, and any type of dry goods. The picture below shows a great use of shelving in the kitchen.
- Add a pot rack to free up some cabinet space and make your pots and pans readily available for cooking.
- Choose the best cabinets for maximizing space. There are many styles of cabinets that allow for more space – including ones that offer layered storage, lazy susans, corner cabinets and drawers, etc. Check out some great cabinet options from KitchenCraft to see examples of the different types of storage available and see the example below.
- Choose smaller appliances – European-designed appliances are generally smaller in size but still function very well, and leave extra space for other things.
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