Of all the rooms in a house, the kitchen is the most functional. The person cooking the food in a kitchen needs to be able to access the refrigerator, pots and pans, appliances, dishes and cutlery effortlessly to make a meal efficiently. If a narrow kitchen is not properly laid out, it can feel crowded and cluttered, hampering the movement of the cook and making food preparation slower and less enjoyable.
A kitchen counter is a useful and attractive design element in many kitchens, but in a narrow kitchen there simply isn't room. Consolidate all your counter space along one wall rather than trying to crowd in multiple, narrow countertops. Integrate your stove, dishwasher and sink into the wall as well. This will save space and make cooking very convenient, since the appliances will be centrally located near the prep space.
Fitting a table and chairs into a narrow kitchen can be difficult, and you may find yourself scooting into the wall when you get up after dinner. Use the full space available for dining by adding a banquette at the end of your kitchen. Install a banquette bench on two sides and a built in table attached to the narrow wall. Alternately, use a conventional table and a wraparound bench, allowing people to sit at three sides of the table without the use of chairs.
Open the Space Up
Narrow kitchens were popular in older houses. The cook would prepare the food out of sight, leaving the more privileged members of the household to entertain in the dining room. Modernise your narrow kitchen by opening it up. Enlarge the doorway to the dining room or living room to create a sense of flow and openness between the two spaces. For a more extreme solution, knock out a wall altogether, merging the kitchen with the dining room. It will allow you to entertain your guests while you prepare food and completely eliminate your narrow kitchen problems.
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