If you’re to look at any modern TV programme or advertisement versus ones from a decade ago, you’ll see how kitchens have grown in size and the expectation now is that everyone has room for an island and enormous dining table that is the centre of their home. In reality, most people have much smaller spaces to deal with but with good kitchen design you can still make the most of that space and have a functional space that serves your needs perfectly. Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish.
Here at Grays Fitted Furniture, we know that not everyone has the luxury of space, and with over 50 years experience installing fitted kitchens we are familiar with all kinds of shapes and sizes so we can advise on the potential for your kitchen, regardless of how cramped you are for space.
Where to start
Grab a measuring tape, as knowing how much space you have available will help when you’re deciding what is absolutely necessary and what won’t fit in. First you need to consider the basics – every kitchen needs a fridge, a stove, a sink and some counter top space for food preparation. Grays Fitted Furniture are Neff Master Partners and Bosch main dealers, so we can offer top of the range white goods for your kitchen, and we also offer a range of other brands so you can find one that suits your space and your budget. It’s good to include an extractor fan with your cooker too, as it won’t take up that much extra space, and leaving the door open isn’t really an option when it’s blowing up a storm outside.
1. Fridge-freezer or separate?
This depends on your cooking requirements. Do you prefer everything prepared from fresh or are you more of the frozen meal aficionado? There are a great selection of combined fridge-freezers now and these are great space-savers, just consider whether you need more space in the fridge or below in the freezer, as there are varieties on this. Be aware that you probably can’t go for a super-size American-style one as it will unbalance the aesthetics in your kitchen, but you’ll still find one to accommodate your cooking requirements.
Nowadays sinks don’t have to be standard, there are many ways that you have one fitted that works in the overall kitchen scheme and actually saves you space. Try and have it under the window as this is the place that works best, but it’s not always possible.
Using combined components will save you space and will utilise height rather than width to serve you cooking needs so look into a freestanding or built in cooker/hob with an extractor fan.
Many people have washing machines and dryers in their kitchen but these aren’t necessarily kitchen items. If you do have another small cupboard where a washer/dryer can go, then choose a dual machine and put it there. This gives you more room in the kitchen and keeps the laundry out of the kitchen, away from food smells and being left on the back of dining chairs.
Obviously you do need some cabinet space in your kitchen. Measure what space you have left once the white goods have found a home and also take into account how doors will open, as this will restrict space and could make your life difficult.
If you’re looking for original kitchen design and installation in Norfolk then give Grays Fitted Furniture a call on 01603 860 964. Whether large or small, we can tailor a kitchen that is just right for you.