When choosing a kitchen set for a small kitchen, you must first of all solve the issues of comfort, the use of the most unclaimed areas, high functionality and spaciousness. An important role is played by the choice of household appliances.
Rules for choosing furniture for a small kitchen
Of great importance is the appearance of the kitchen set. The right color and additional elements can visually increase the dimensions of even the smallest room. The choice must be stopped on light glossy facades with glass and mirror inserts, steel shiny fittings. The design of the walls, floor, apron is also carefully selected to place accents and add attractiveness.
Before choosing a kitchen set for a small kitchen, you need to carefully study its layout, the possible use of all niches, openings, corners and other seemingly useless space. It is worth giving preference to visually light designs.
Since in small kitchens the length of the walls does not always allow the use of a linear arrangement of furniture, preference is given to L‑shaped, U‑shaped and corner structures. Built-in cabinets, shelves in niches will help save space.
Hanging elements must be chosen above the standard ones so that they occupy the entire wall up to the ceiling.
The layout of the headset in a small kitchen
Furniture in the kitchen is a set number of floor and wall elements made in the same style, which create a common line under a flat facade.
Before choosing the right number of cabinets for a small kitchen, the design of their installation and purpose, it is necessary to study the technical characteristics of the room: the location of the gas and water pipes, sewer communications, and the presence of meters. This is necessary in order to hide all the unsightly components behind the doors and to place the cabinets under the sink and gas hob as best as possible.
Corner set as the best approach for a small kitchen
When choosing furniture for a small kitchen, special attention should be paid to corner structures. Using a headset with a module that will occupy the most unclaimed place in the kitchen can be a great option.
It is important to determine how the corner cabinet will be used. The built-in sink will not allow you to use the large space of the cabinet for storage due to the presence of communication pipes, so if there is a need for additional space, it is better to move the sink to a narrow cabinet with one door. The sink in this case does not have a wing.
Smart solutions for upper cabinets
A small floor area forces owners of small kitchens to use the walls wisely.
The top line is in demand most often, dishes, cups, products are stored there. In order to get all the contents, the depth of the wall cabinets should be less than the floor cabinets. It is impossible to increase the capacity due to greater depth, because it simply will not work to get things closer to the wall.
Therefore, they beat the situation by increasing the cabinets in height so that they reach the ceiling. In addition to additional storage space, such a module will visually increase the height of the ceiling.
Regardless of the location of the bottom line, you can choose a headset with an angular design and equip it with a swivel mechanism. A microwave oven, an electric oven, a TV built into the upper part of the headset will save space.
It is better to exclude open shelves, because they imply a more decorative function than a functional one.
The best solutions for floor cabinets
The functional features of floor cabinets primarily depend on how they will be used. If you need to hide a lot of kitchen utensils, small household appliances, food containers, they are simply equipped with shelves and drawers. It is effective to use additional partitions, hanging rods, cells, retractable and rotary mechanisms with baskets, etc.
Another thing is when you need to hide large household appliances. In such cabinets, they reinforce the frame, provide a supply of communications. It is more expedient to make not a free-standing stove, but a hob. It is recommended to choose a smaller oven and place it at the top.
Before choosing the right kitchen to increase the functionality of the room, you should carefully study the latest in the development of all kinds of fillings for headsets.
The functionality of a small headset
Even in the smallest kitchen of 4 m², which allows the installation of only two full-fledged door cabinets and hanging cabinets, you can ensure maximum functionality by filling with additional mechanisms. There are many tricks that were born during the operation of furniture by competent housewives, and design developments are capable of equipping a full-fledged workplace on a minimal area.
How to save space
In order for affordable furniture to provide the right space to accommodate everything you need, sometimes shelves and drawers alone are not enough. There are places where you need to use additional mechanisms. Rotary carousels in corner cabinets will open access to distant hard-to-reach areas. Bearing sliding mechanisms will ensure the complete pulling out of the boxes for the convenience of finding all the little things in them. Narrow cabinets with baskets for bottles, cans, containers with a small bottom diameter are common.
Using plastic, glass rectangular or square jars for bulk products will save space on the shelves, unlike bags of cereals.
It is effective to use the space near the window. Instead of a simple window sill, a tabletop is installed connected to a common desktop, the edges are rounded. Under such a table there is not enough space for a cabinet, but you can attach rods or hooks for hanging kitchen utensils, small household appliances, etc.
In addition, the area around the window or doors can be surrounded by pencil cases, and shelves can be hung over the opening.
Where to put the refrigerator if it does not fit
The biggest appliance in the kitchen is the refrigerator. When installing it, you must observe the distance from the walls and the slab, which makes its placement even more problematic.
The best way out of the situation is to move to another room bordering the kitchen. The layout of most apartments provides for square corridors or narrow ones with built-in storage rooms.
A good solution is to use one corner near the entrance. In this case, there may be a problem with opening the door and you will need to design an opening in the form of an arch.
From the pantry in the niche of the corridor can be abandoned, making room for large household appliances. Such a place can be left open or equipped with doors that hide the contents.
It can be quite effective to purchase low refrigerators and install them under the countertop. If the volume is not enough, you can separate the food storage equipment and the freezer. Get a full-fledged refrigerator that fits under the desktop. But you will have to abandon additional floor pedestals by shifting the load to the suspended modules.
Choice of household appliances
The arrangement of a comfortable and at the same time functional kitchen will require a competent approach to the choice of household appliances. Manufacturers offer a wide range of sizes and built-in additional features.
Kitchen with built-in appliances saves space. An overhead hob, an electric compact oven, a multi-cooker with many options — all this allows you to free up cabinets without losing the ability to cook full meals.
Color will help expand the kitchen without redevelopment
So, the shape of the headset is chosen, household appliances are arranged. But the carefully thought-out arrangement did not give the desired result and the kitchen remained uncomfortable and small. It’s all about the colors.
When arranging small rooms, it is important what color of the kitchen to choose, what shade the walls and floor should be. The best choice is white, beige, milky, light gray and other pastel, almost neutral shades of any color scheme.
Bright accents are used only to create accents. You can successfully expand the space by interspersing more juicy shades.
A dark apron with a worktop of the same color between light facades will visually move the wall away and make the work area much deeper. Horizontal stripes will lengthen the wall, vertical stripes will visually raise the ceiling.
A long layout can be corrected by using a floor finish with a pattern, a clear direction of which will be parallel to a narrow wall. Tiling must be done diagonally.
It is preferable to choose glossy facades, with glass or mirror inserts, transparent plastic decor, and a corner white kitchen will smooth out the transition from one wall to another if you frame it in more vibrant colors.