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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

9. Install a bar sink.

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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.

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

11. Consider a radiant electric cooktop surface.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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