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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.

14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen Urban Edition 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).

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

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

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

14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen Urban Edition A tiny kitchen by Ore Studios has a refrigerator that measures a mere \24 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.

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

14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen Urban Edition 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\2\17;s studio. Bonus points: The high mounted oven includes a drop down feature. See Remodelista&#8\2\17;s Favorite Space Saving Appliances for Small Kitchens.
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.

14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen Urban Edition A bar counter topped with a large quartzite slab in designer Lauren Soloff&#8\2\17;s Malibu House.
Above: A bar counter topped with a large quartzite slab in designer Lauren Soloff’s Malibu House.

9. Install a bar sink.

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

14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen Urban Edition Hanging kitchen utensils in Sheila Narusawa&#8\2\17;s Cape Cod Kitchen.
Above: Hanging kitchen utensils in Sheila Narusawa’s Cape Cod Kitchen.

11. Consider a radiant electric cooktop surface.

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

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

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

14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen Urban Edition 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\2\17;s DIY Kitchen Remodel for Under \$500.
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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