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Design options for a small kitchen

Design options for a small kitchen

For many, it is true that the kitchen is the heart of the home. However, if your amount of kitchen space leaves something to be desired, it can be difficult to create a room which will satisfy your wishes. If structural expansion is not an option, don’t despair, there is still plenty you can do in terms of design to make your space work for you.


A poorly laid out kitchen will guarantee less usable space, making any room feel smaller and less user friendly. For a small kitchen, a classic L shaped layout will create plenty of worktop space whilst also avoiding overcrowding the room. The layout which best suits your individual kitchen will depend on dimensions though, and a personalised design service – such as that provided by Ebberns – will create a tailored plan that does your home justice.

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Integrated appliances

A design which incorporates integrated appliances is a good way to use space effectively whilst also creating a unified aesthetic. For example, if you have an integrated microwave, you can choose one to match other integrated appliances and it can free up work surface space. Many integrated appliances can come in compact sizes too, providing the ideal blend of practicality and slick style.

Space efficient units

Make sure you choose units which suit your space and provide the most efficient storage. Many people underestimate how much you can adapt a humble cabinet or cupboard, but there are plenty ways you can make these units work better for your small space. For example, in a long, thin kitchen, you may consider choosing shallower countertops to create a bit more floor room for maneuvering. To create more storage space, choose taller cabinets to utilise all your often neglected vertical space. Also, ensure you make full use of corner unit space with ‘magic corners’, cabinet carousels or unit organisers.

Double up

These days, there are all sorts of furnishings designed with small spaces in mind. Incorporating multi-purpose kitchen furnishings can be an excellent way to maximise the utility of a small kitchen. For example, a worktop with an overhang at the end can double up as a breakfast bar – particularly useful when you don’t have room for a table. Likewise, an electric/ceramic hob can be used as handy additional counter space when not in use.  

Consider colour and finishes

Although the colour and stylistic finishes of your kitchen won’t make a functional difference to your kitchen space, they can certainly improve the feel of a small room. Pale colours, reflective materials and gloss finishes will all reflect more light, brightening your room and creating the illusion of more space.  


Ebberns is an expert in creating high quality, bespoke furnishings at competitive prices. We have a large range of kitchen pieces in a wide variety of designs, from minimalist modern to classic, traditional styles. Our professionals can help you create the perfect tailored kitchen for your home, no matter what the size or shape of your room. All our made-to-measure kitchens are the result of high quality craftsmanship and are, therefore, durable and long-lasting as well as stylish. Give us a call or visit our kitchen showroom to speak to one of our specialists for more information.


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