5 Clever Renovation Ideas to Update Your Small Kitchen

Do you love your home, but occasionally become frustrated due to the cramped size of your kitchen? If so, fear not, at Prince & Sons, we have quite a bit of experience with small kitchen remodels and have come up with a variety of ways to add additional functionality, so that you’ll be able to enjoy your kitchen even if it may be a bit smaller than you otherwise would like.

Top Ways to Maximize Space With A Small Kitchen

In the many kitchen renovations that we’ve completed over the years, we feel confident in our abilities to get the most out of the square footage we have available when it comes to the overall kitchen size. Below are a few of our most common kitchen design ideas related to smaller kitchens.

Creative Kitchen Island Concepts

Adding a kitchen island is a great option for just about any kitchen remodel, but sometimes the overall size of a kitchen can limit your options. We’ve found that by getting a bit creative, we can bring some of the benefits of a kitchen island to areas that may be too small for one. Some of these unique ideas could include:

  • Undersized island – While your kitchen may not lend itself to a full size 24” deep island, we could design a smaller island that fits within your kitchen design.
  • Mobile island – Another option that’s worked well for some of our clients is a mobile island with casters. This way you can move your island around the kitchen allowing you to quickly change the overall layout based on space constraints.
  • Raised table – If your kitchen is too small for any type of island, you could also look at adding a raised table that’s 12” or 18” deep that would give you some additional seating, even if you don’t have space for a larger 24” deep island.

Open Shelving

Many clients with small kitchens will complain about these spaces feeling small, dark and closed in. One way that we can avoid this is with open shelving, which offers a variety of options for clients who are looking to maximize space. Open shelving can give your kitchen a much more open and bright feeling when compared to large upper kitchen cabinets. In addition, open shelving can allow for increased storage options that make it appealing for those who have a variety of differently sized items that they need to store.

Large Floor Tile

Small floor tiles can make any room seem small and cramped. Large tiles allow for fewer grout lines, which in turn tricks the eye into thinking that the room is larger. Try to choose tiles that are at least 12” x 12”.

New Kitchen Cabinetry

Unfortunately, if you’re living in an older home, efficient kitchen design was likely not on the list of must haves back when your home was built. Because of this, the ways in which your kitchen cabinets may be configured may not be ideal. If this is the case, there are a whole host of kitchen cabinet options that are fairly economical, and offer a virtually limitless number of combinations that can allow you to achieve a highly customized kitchen based on your needs.

When our clients do decide to replace their kitchen cabinets, we’ll often suggest larger upper cabinets (39 or 42 inches in height) which allows you to maximize all the potential wall space and vastly increase the amount of storage space you’ll have in your new kitchen cabinets.

Depending on your budget, we carry three different kitchen cabinet lines that should be more than sufficient for your needs.

Choose Your Appliances Wisely

Another way to save space in the kitchen is by purchasing smaller appliances. If you’re in a small home where you don’t necessarily need larger appliances, you can save considerable space by opting for a smaller model. Standard sizes for dishwashers are 24” wide, ranges and microwaves are 30” wide and refrigerators are normally 36” wide. As you can imagine, these larger appliances can quickly eat up valuable square footage in any small kitchen design. Think about whether you really need these large appliances, and if not, you’ll likely be able to enjoy much more cabinetry and counter space thanks to the space savings.

Interested in Talking About a Kitchen Remodel?

If you feel it’s time to think about reconfiguring your kitchen, now may be the time to reach out to Prince & Sons for a kitchen design consultation. One of the most important factors when designing a new kitchen is ensuring that your general contractor shares the same vision as you when it comes to designing your dream kitchen. We can help to put your ideas on paper and come up with a kitchen design that meets all of your requirements while staying within your budget. Give us a call today at 919-383-0888, or reach out to us through our online contact form and we’ll follow up with you as soon as we can.

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