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14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen, Urban Edition

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14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen, Urban Edition

April 17, 2017

A round-up 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.

Uncluttered countertops, lofty ceilings, and hardware-free cabinetry make this kitchen in Szczecin, Poland, seem larger. Photograph from The Furniture Designer’s Retreat: A Converted Forge in Poland.
Above: Uncluttered countertops, lofty ceilings, and hardware-free cabinetry make this kitchen in Szczecin, Poland, seem larger. Photograph from The Furniture Designer’s Retreat: A Converted Forge in Poland.

2. Use a monochrome palette (kitchen faucet included).

An all-black kitchen—even the kitchen faucet is black—in the San Francisco studio of designer Nicole Hollis.
Above: An all-black kitchen—even the kitchen faucet is black—in the San Francisco studio of designer Nicole Hollis.

3. Consider an all-in-one kitchen unit.

A truly tiny Avanti 30-Inch Complete Compact Kitchen with Refrigerator at the Spruceton Inn.
Above: A truly tiny Avanti 30-Inch Complete Compact Kitchen with Refrigerator at the Spruceton Inn.

4. Use a tiny kitchen island as room divider.

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.
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.

5. Choose a skinny fridge.

A tiny kitchen by Ore Studios has a refrigerator that measures a mere  inches wide. See more at 5 Favorites: Skinny Refrigerators.
Above: A tiny kitchen by Ore Studios has a refrigerator that measures a mere 24 inches wide. See more at 5 Favorites: Skinny Refrigerators.

6. Source a high-style folding table.

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.
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.

7. Think like a puzzle maker.

A tiny kitchen by Mesh Architectures, a member of the Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory, occupies a nook in a 300-square-foot art dealer&#8
Above: A tiny kitchen by Mesh Architectures, a member of the Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory, 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.

8. Build a tall, slim bar counter.

A bar counter topped with a large quartzite slab in designer Lauren Soloff&#8
Above: A bar counter topped with a large quartzite slab in designer Lauren Soloff’s Malibu House.

9. Install a bar sink.

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.
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.

10. Hang utensils on the wall as art.

Hanging kitchen utensils in Sheila Narusawa&#8
Above: Hanging kitchen utensils in Sheila Narusawa’s Cape Cod Kitchen.

11. Consider a radiant electric cooktop surface.

 A tiny kitchen in southern Sweden with an electric cooktop that almost disappears on the stainless counter from Kitchen of the Week: A Cost-Conscious Kitchen in Sweden.
Above: A tiny kitchen in southern Sweden with an electric cooktop that almost disappears on the stainless counter from Kitchen of the Week: A Cost-Conscious Kitchen in Sweden.

12. Use vertically stacked subway tile.

In a London apartment, architect Charles Mellersch, part of the Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory, tiled the walls in vertically stacked subway tiles to create a sense of loftiness.
Above: In a London apartment, architect Charles Mellersch, part of the Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory, tiled the walls in vertically stacked subway tiles to create a sense of loftiness.

13. Spec an integrated sink and countertop.

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.
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.

14. Use every inch of vertical real estate.

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&#8
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.

For more small-space living ideas, see Radical Downsizing: High/Low Mini Kitchens and Race-Car-Style Appliances for the Compact Kitchen.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran September 18, 2015.

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