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If you live in a studio flat or have a small open-plan living space, you don't want your kitchen to encroach too much into the room. So, this standalone system from Rational, Vision, is ideal. It measures just 1.836m widen and 0.76m deep and even comes with a pull-out breakfast bar.
Open it up to find storage shelves, two deep-pan drawers, a sink unit, hob, extractor, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, and a pull out breakfast bar.
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Living somewhere small shouldn't stop you from entertaining. But you will need to choose your servingware carefully to ensure that you can really lay on a feast. This is where raised and tiered dishes come into their own. You can cram much more on the table when dishes are perched up on pedestals of different heights or are stacked over a series of levels. It will also look more impressive too.
Don't limit your dishes to particular uses either. Cake stands can just as easily display crudités, canapés and savoury tarts as they can patisserie.
And the same rule applies as with furniture, if bowls are raised up on pedestals and you can see underneath them and through the sides of them further into the room, they will do their bit to make your room feel that bit larger too.
Find out why pedestal tables are perfect for little rooms here
When you have a weeny kitchen, you often have no choice but to keep a lot of stuff out and on display. So that the worktops don't always look messy, ensure that everything that you can't hide away looks pretty. This cool egg box, for example, can sit neatly at the back of the worktop or be wall-mounted.
Most fruit and veg doesn't need to be kept in the fridge and some even keeps better out of it. This elegant Acacia fruit bowl from Next will look just as lovely filled with butternut squash, red onions and leeks as it would stocked with oranges, bananas and apples.
Even food containers can look good stacked up on a shelf if you choose well. This colourful collection is also microwave safe.
Cute baskets, meanwhile, are useful for holding bottles, tins, and bags of dry goods.
Read on to find out how to keep children's toys tidy here
It's not easy finding the ideal height for the shelves in your kitchen cupboards, especially when you only have a few of them to play around with. To get that cafetiere in you need them quite high, but then that leaves all that wasted air space above your mugs.
Not any more, look for mugs and cups that stack, so you can get more of them in.
Whilst stackable and fashionably handleless, means even more space in those cupboards.
You might like our piece on multi-functional kitchen furniture too. Find it here
So your kitchen isn't big enough to take a rangecooker, in fact your kitchen might even be smaller than a rangecooker, but that doesn't mean you can't get an Aga in there! The iconic kitchen brand has come up with a little 60cm wide baby Aga. The S-Series Four-Two oven is the size of most standard ovens and so should fit neatly into that gap where your old oven used to live.
It has four gas burners, a conventional electric oven, a programmable fan oven and a rapid-response ceramic grill. Oh, and it comes in a range of AGA colours.
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.'
To contact Barnes of Ashburton click here or call 01364 653613
When you live in a small space, you need to make your furniture work extra hard and no where is this more important than your kitchen.
Look for kitchen units that are devoid of fancy gadgets. Whilst magic corner units, for example, might look great and make life easier, they often steal valuable storage space from the unit itself, space which you can not afford to sacrifice. Likewise drawers, often provide less storage space than shelves in the same area.
Try to find pieces of furniture that provide more than one function:
I spent ages searching for a kitchen bookshelf that was deep enough and sturdy enough to support our wide cookbooks. This unit from Ella's Kitchen Company does just that and more. By moving our dry foods to the cute scoop drawers, I've freed up a whole shelf in a kitchen cupboard and the hooks make a pretty decorate display area. I ordered it unpainted and painted it to match the rest of the kitchen.
This butcher's block makes a fantastic multi-functional kitchen table too.
Three can eat here comfortably, four less so, and beneath the table top there is a wine rack, a hanging glasses rack and a cutlery drawer.