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5 Must Have Features for a Small Kitchen

Not everyone wants or has space for a sprawling kitchen, and a compact room doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style and functionality. There are several ways to maximise your available space, see our tips below.

Open shelves

A modern kitchen with blue stools

If your kitchen feels cramped, removing all or some of your wall cabinets might be the best option for you. This is a good way to open up the visual space around the room, making the kitchen appear larger than it is. Plenty of light is important in a small space, and wall cabinets can sometimes cast a shadow over the worktops, making the area feel darker than necessary, so skipping them can really open up a space.


A modern kitchen with grey cabinets and wooden counter tops.

A handleless kitchen features cabinets with a lip or touch latch. This approach creates a seamless, minimal look without visual interruptions, and that’s important in a compact space that you want to feel more open. With this design, you can move around in the kitchen right up against the cabinets without worrying about snagging your clothes or bumping your hip.

Corner storage

Sleek green kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances and a marble backsplash.

Every square inch counts in a small kitchen, make use of the corner space by adding corner shelves or large corner cabinets. A corner worktop cabinet is another idea worth considering. Extending the cupboard all the way to the ceiling maximises storage, but also makes the room feel bigger by drawing the eye up.

Integrated appliances

Stylish kitchen showcasing elegant dark wood cabinets and black countertops

If your kitchen is small you're going to need to make use of every inch of space, by integrating your appliances you are freeing up valuable drawer or cabinet space. This also allows you to keep your worktops free. Integrated appliances are more seamless making the kitchen look less cluttered and busy therefore making it appear bigger.


An organized kitchen drawer containing a selection of food.

The key to keeping a small kitchen tidy is drawer and cupboard organisation. Make good use of drawer organisers to keep your items in their place and tidy. By using separators or baskets you will have more storage space allowing you to make the best use of the space available in your cupboards. This keeps your worktop space free for preparation and keeps your small kitchen uncluttered.


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