Moving into a new house or apartment that has a very small kitchen can be frustrating. It may seem impossible to find a spot for pots, pans, plates, glasses, tools, linens, dry goods, and everything else required to run a kitchen efficiently. With a bit of creativity, ingenuity, and hard work, even a very small kitchen can become an effective kitchen.
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Shelving and Pot Racks
There may not be a lot of counter space in a very small kitchen, but chances are the room has wall space. Wall space can be a lifesaver in a small kitchen. Long pieces of wood can be purchased at hardware stores and cut down to fit the space for a small price. In fact, 8 feet of shelving can be purchased for around £10 and shelving brackets for 8 feet of shelving will cost around £13. For investing only £65 in shelving materials, a very small kitchen could gain a lot of storage space. Another storage solution is a pot racks. Pot racks can be purchased in a variety of styles and can be hung from the wall or ceiling. Prices for pot racks range from £32 to several hundred dollars.
There are a number of creative storage solutions available in kitchen supply stores or department stores. Storage racks that hang over pantry or cabinet doors and from appliances are available for less than £13 each. Other options include pantry storage racks that take advantage of every nook and cranny, under the sink storage for cleaning supplies and linens, and bakeware racks that keep baking trays and cookware lids neat and tidy in small cabinets.
Very small kitchens usually lack countertop space. This means that a workspace for preparing meals can be hard find. With a bit of money though, even a small kitchen can have large a workspace. One option is to purchase a large cutting board that fits over the sink. This will allow a large area for cutting vegetables or even kneading bread dough. A folding cart can also be used to create a workspace near the stove. When not is use, the folding cart can be stored in a small area that would otherwise be useless. Best of all, folding carts can be purchased for less than £130.
Collapsible Bakeware and Storage Containers
Clearing up cabinets is essential in a very small kitchen. Collapsible bakeware and storage containers are easy to find and quite affordable, costing less than £130 to fully stock a kitchen. Following this solution, an otherwise cluttered cabinet can be filled to the top with a variety of storage containers and bakeware.
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