Small kitchens can be cosy and charming, but they can also be prone to clutter and cause frustration.

When customers come to us for kitchen cabinets in Coffs Harbour, they tell us the main issues with small kitchens are lack of storage, not enough counter space, too small a footprint not enabling more than one person to cook at the same time.

Few people can remodel or extend but there are ways to make the most of what you have. Courtesy of East Coast Cabinets, here are our favourite tips on how to manage a small kitchen.

Keep it condensed

These days, there is an appliance or gadget for any and every job in the kitchen. Labour-saving devices, however, are counterproductive if your priority is space. 

They either take up valuable counter space or cabinet room. Keep your gadgetry to the minimum that you consider essential. Where possible use multi-purpose devices. Buy sets of things that stack together to save space. If you aren’t using it, get rid of it.

Be smart with organisation

There are thousands of kitchen organisers on the market from pot lid holders, to drawer dividers to shelf stackers. They may be great for keeping things in order but often space is sacrificed. 

If you are going to purchase such items, make sure they are creating the extra space you need. If you can find items that make use of dead space, even better.

Can you make space?

Examine if there are ways to gain a bit of storage or prep area. Is there an area where you can make a pantry or maybe even a small island with a countertop? Maybe there is room for a butcher’s block on wheels that is easily stored and moved to where you need it?

Capitalise all space

When you look around your kitchen objectively, you will notice areas that are not being utilised. Any blank wall area is a lost opportunity.  

You can optimise any wall space with shelving, hook, magnetic storage systems, or racks. You might consider a peg board for hanging utensils or a wire grid system for the same. 

Is there any space above the cabinets that can be utilised for storage of less-frequently used items. You can even consider the ceiling. A hanging rack suspended from the ceiling can be useful for all sorts of items.
                                                                                                     
One way to spruce up any sized kitchen is with new cabinets. We’re happy to provide a free, no-obligation quote for kitchen cabinets in Coffs Harbour. Give us a call on 02 6652 6238 or use our online contact form.   

For more great kitchen and bathroom cabinetry advice, read our previous blog on how to buy the right toilet for your bathroom.