Managing space in a matchbox kitchen

Scuttling around in a mismanaged kitchen can totally kill the joy of cooking. Here are a few basic things to do to make the most of your kitchen space!

Less is more

If you think your kitchen space is matchbox sized, then your mantra should be - less is more. Opt for cabinets and wall units with no fuss attachments and minimal styling, multipurpose appliances, single monochrome hues for the walls, small inbuilt lighting and more ventilated area so your kitchen doesn’t feel claustrophobic.

Edit your collection:

The best way to manage your space is to declutter. Pick your most important tools and keep them in a space that is well withing reach – like the knives in a knife block near the counter and the soap in drawers under the sink. For the rest of the lesser used stuff keep them in labeled boxes tucked away in the higher shelves, and most importantly throw away what not needed.

Combine storage and seating

Doing this is a great way to maximize the space in a not so large kitchen. If your kitchen has enough space for a dining table, building space cabinets under it is the next logical step. Open kitchens with a dining area which functions as storage unit makes life so much easier.

Defy gravity!

If your prized possessions include fancy diner ware then trade large cabinets and cupboards for pot wracks and make maximum use of the wall space too. A stylish pot rack with inbuilt lighting over the dining area looks and works brilliantly. Hook and shelve attachments to the walls if thoughtfully done can be very a stylish way to make your kitchen look larger and show off your collection of cutlery.

Light it up


The right kind of lighting can work wonders in a small kitchen. Pastel and light coloured walls and fitted ceiling lights together give an illusion of greater space. Colourful cabinetry, appliances, chairs, photographs and other personal knick knacks can add the much needed burst of colour and personality to your cooking area.

Modular benefits

Modular kitchens sets are made for efficient space utilization. Flexible and easy to maintain these come in prices ranging from minuscule to exuberant. If you don’t find anything that fits your bill perfectly, then you have an option of getting one designed.

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