A spacious and comfortable kitchen is the dream of any housewife, but not always the size of the room allows you to realize your desires. The perfect solution would be a window sill tableWashing under the windownickname in a kitchen with a small area, this option will save space and correctly place appliances and utensils.
How to arrange your kitchen space
The main task in arranging the kitchen is to create a comfortable workplace for cooking and dining area. It is important for the hostess to have a spacious and brightly lit working area. Access to kitchen equipment should be free and convenient. Therefore, it is extremely important when planning zones and placing furniture to take into account the area of the room in order to properly dispose of it.
To save space and expand the working area will allow the arrangement of countertops under the window.
There can be many variations of a non-standard solution. The most common furniture placement is the countertop, smoothly turning into a dining table in the kitchen. The working area starts from the windowsill and runs along the perimeter of the kitchen. It is desirable to complete it with hanging cabinets or pencil cases. The working surface turns into a bar counter, where the family eats. It will replace the table of the usual design in the kitchen.
Experienced furniture craftsmen can professionally make custom-made kitchen furniture with a window sill. Such a headset will look concise and stylish, besides it will create additional comfort.
Economical use of window space in the kitchen
There are windows in any kitchen, the space under them sometimes takes up a lot of space and is used exclusively for flowers or other decorative elements. In a small room, it is best to replace the window sill with a countertop. This option will expand the work surface, save space and make the interior of the room more fashionable and interesting. Housewives will appreciate a non-standard solution, because the surface of the tabletop under the window will be well lit by a natural light source, and its width will easily allow you to perform all the necessary work on cooking.
A window sill can serve not only as a workspace, but also as a dining table. The use of a window sill will enable free movement and a more comfortable stay in the room. It will be possible to separate the kitchen area from the dining room.
A design with such a solution is most often used in small apartments, for example, in Khrushchev, where the kitchen has an area of 5 to 7 m². It is necessary to use the space of a small room competently and functionally.
There are several options for arranging a window sill under the countertop. The choice of the desired design is determined by many factors, ranging from the dimensions of the room to the style of the entire home.
In the kitchen, under the window, a wide countertop is often placed as a place for cooking. On its surface, food is cooked in natural light and a beautiful view from the window. Instead of a window sill in the kitchen, such a table is also used to work on household equipment. A combine, a mixer and other types of necessary equipment are placed on it. Often it serves as a bar counter, where you can drink coffee or receive a guest.
There are a lot of pluses in the decision to equip a countertop instead of a window sill, but there are also some disadvantages. Under the window there are radiators that cannot be closed completely. Therefore, the batteries are hidden behind a decorative grille or cabinets with additional holes.
In each kitchen, the size of the table is chosen in accordance with the dimensions of the room. It cannot completely occupy all free space. After all, then moving around the kitchen will be problematic. If the family, due to expansion, becomes crowded at the meal, it becomes necessary to increase the dining area. A window sill table will allow you to do this. Thanks to him, the number of seats will increase.
The dining area should not be too close to the dishwashing area, as this can create discomfort and make the room feel cluttered.
Worktop with sink
Converting an ordinary window sill to a sink is quite difficult, but if everything is planned correctly and professionally approached, then this will be the most advantageous and comfortable option. When choosing this method of alteration, it is important to consider the width of the slopes. If the windows are located close, they will constantly be splashed with water, and increased moisture will lead to the unwanted spread of mold.
Washing under the window should not interfere with the free functioning of the windows. Problems most often arise in the process of supplying water and drain pipes.
Experts advise equipping the window sill-table with a built-in deep sink. This will help keep windows clean.
Combined with a table or stand
This option is most commonly used. The window sill, turning into a table, allows you to equip a place for cooking and eating. The bar counter, emerging from under the window openings, looks concise and original.
When redoing the space under it, you must not forget about the batteries. The distance between the heating radiator and the outer edge of the bar counter should be about 30 cm.
A table combined with a window sill and a kitchen set must necessarily match the color and height of the furniture. There are deviations from the rules, but they are rare.
Folding window sill table
This is the most mobile and compact option. If necessary, the table by the window folds up and frees up a lot of space. You can place up to 2–4 people at such a table. Bulky options in a small kitchen are out of place. Although, if we are talking about a table in the form of a wide shelf, and not a semicircle, then the working area will be much larger. It is advisable to purchase a finished structure or make a folding table with your own hands when there is no heating radiator on the wall.
With additional functionality
If the kitchen is small, there is a problem with the storage of kitchen utensils and equipment. In this case, use the space under the window opening. There is a built-in wardrobe for storing dishes or food. If there is a heating element under the window, then it is not allowed to store food in such a design. The pantry is made in the form of open shelves or bedside tables with doors.
A cabinet under the windowsill frees up space at the top of the room, which is often lined with shelves. This option is optimal for a large load on the table.
Tabletop on the windowsill
In order to equip the window sill with a countertop, the following factors must be considered:
- The height of the rack must match the overall height of the kitchen unit. If the window opening is located above the pedestals, then the countertop is installed under it. It is more difficult to remake the window sill, which is located below the kitchen furniture.
- Placing a countertop on top of a window sill is simple, but not desirable. In this case, it will be impossible to open the window, which is not allowed from the side of fire safety.
- The heating radiator is partially masked to heat the room. The air circulates freely.
- The entire set, including the dining table-sill, must be made of identical material and in the same color scheme.
Furniture design should harmoniously fit into the overall interior of the room. In addition, it is necessary to functionally re-equip the opening under the window to expand the working space. Therefore, interesting and innovative design solutions appear in the form of similar countertops. Among them are the following:
- The kitchen table from the windowsill is made of different widths. Its edges are made rounded or straight. There are options for non-standard shapes in the form of various shapes.
- An important role is played by the material from which the coating of the working area is made. Natural stone is not used for these purposes. The most common working material is artificial marble. Marble countertops of any color create an expensive atmosphere in the interior.
- By design, the surfaces are stationary, reclining, folding or retractable.
Thanks to design ideas, the housewives equip a compact work area in the kitchen-studio if there is no space for this in the apartment. A window sill table will save usable space and divide into zones.