A roundup of ingenious kitchen spaces–some no larger than a closet–that are minuscule yet functional (and full of ideas to steal).
1. Do Away with Cabinet Hardware
Above: Uncluttered countertops, lofty ceilings, and hardware-free cabinetry make this kitchen in the Villa Piedad in Spain by architect Maria Badiola seem larger; via Huh Magazine. We like handle cutouts as an alternative; for ideas, go to 10 Favorites: Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls.
2. Use a Monochrome Palette (Kitchen Faucet Included)
Above: In Mischa Lampert’s tiny NYC studio, even the kitchen faucet is white, creating a blank canvas. Photograph by Genevieve Garruppo via Lonny.
3. Install a Cantilivered Table
Above: A cantilevered table in the tiny Wroclaw, Poland, kitchen of architect Ewa Czerny of 3XA saves precious floorspace (one leg is better than two); via Architizer.
4. Consider an All-in-One Kitchen Unit
Above: A truly tiny Avanti 30-Inch Complete Compact Kitchen with Refrigerator at the Spruceton Inn. Photograph via A Journal.
5. Use a Tiny Kitchen Island as Room Divider
Above: In the Old Homestead in Provincetown, designers Kristin Hein and Philip Cozzi of Hein + Cozzi built a small kitchen island that defines a kitchen area without breaking up the loftlike feel of the space. See more at Low-Key Luxury: The New Old Homestead in Provincetown.
6. Choose a Skinny Fridge
Above: A tiny kitchen by Ore Studios has a refrigerator that measures a mere 24 inches wide. See more at 5 Favorites: Skinny Refrigerators.
7. Make a DIY Wall-Mounted Wire Storage Rack
Above: Make a DIY $38 Wire Pot Rack That’s Perfect for a Compact Kitchen via A Beautiful Mess.
8. Source a High-Style Folding Table
Above: The Table Plus from UK-based Magnet Kitchens offers an extra work or dining surface and includes storage space. The leather pockets are handy for stashing mail and magazines.
9. Think Like a Puzzle Maker
Above: A tiny kitchen by Mesh Architectures occupies a nook in a 300-square-foot art dealer’s studio. Bonus points: The high-mounted oven includes a drop-down feature. See Remodelista’s Favorite Space-Saving Appliances for Small Kitchens.
10. Build a Tall and Slim Bar Counter
Above: A tall, slim table serves as a seating counter in the tiny kitchen of Karlijn de Jong, via Lisanne van de Klift.
11. Install a Bar Sink
Above: Karin Montgomery Spath used a tiny bar sink and slotted in a two-burner cooktop to create a mini kitchen in an Auckland space. See more at Small-Space Living: An Airy Studio Apartment in a Garage. Photograph by Matthew Williams.
12. Hang Utensils on the Wall as Art
Above: A galley kitchen in London by Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi features walls of framed photographs and–ingeniously–kitchen implements either hung from hooks or mounted directly on the wall for immediate access.
13. Consider a Radiant Electric Cooktop Surface
Above: The look of this minimalist Stockholm apartment is streamlined by a smooth surface electric cooktop. Photograph via Design Attractor.
14. Use Vertically Stacked Subway Tile
Above: In a London apartment, architect Charles Mellersch tiled the walls in vertically stacked subway tiles to create a sense of loftiness.
15. Spec an Integrated Sink and Countertop
Above: An integrated stainless sink/countertop in a revamped Oakland carriage house by Christi Azevedo provides a seamless work area. See more at A California Carriage House Transformed.
16. Use Every Inch of Vertical Real Estate
Above: When Danielle Arceneaux overhauled her Park Slope kitchen, she added an additional shelf above her cabinets and gained space for displaying her bowl collection. See more at Reader Rehab: Danielle’s DIY Kitchen Remodel for Under $500.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 18, 2015 as part of our Urban Life issue.