To make the most of a small kitchen space it often pays to spend that bit extra for a made to measure kitchen. Here Debbie Bowden, designer at bespoke kitchen maker, Barnes of Ashburton, passes on her smart ideas for weeny kitchens:
'The beauty of commissioning a bespoke kitchen is that the cabinetry is made with your kitchen size in mind,' explains Debbie. 'Every centimetre is resourcefully utilised to create efficient work space and storage. Worktops can be reduced in depth, cabinets scaled down in size. Everything is possible as every component is made to measure. However, bespoke needn’t mean expensive. Our prices start from £15,000.
'Pull out “Magic Corners” with a soft close mechanism provide an affordable corner storage system. These prevent food items or hard to reach crockery languishing at the back of cupboards.
'Recycling is still important in a small space as well. Discrete, pull out bins with compartments for sorting compost, glass and plastics, can be integrated into a kitchen, however, small.
'Choose appliances that will make the most of the space available too – a ¾ size dishwasher, for example, or a multifunction oven. And, if you can accommodate a central island, scale it down and create a sociable place for guests to perch. The island pictured below includes a pull-out bread box with integral bread board. Bread boxes take up precious space on a work surface so this clever addition has proved invaluable to the owner.'
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