Making the Case For A Tiny Kitchen

With the growing popularity of “tiny houses” with their own television shows, many people are thinking about how downsizing can free them for enjoying activities other than cleaning a regular size home. Whether you have a small condo that needs better space planning to make the best use of every inch, or find that your regular size kitchen is in chaos, careful planning can improve your everyday life.

One of our favorite contributors to the Kitchen Views blog recently retired, but her wisdom regarding good kitchen design is timeless. So we are sharing again her perspective on making the most of limited space.

“Making the Case for a Tiny Kitchen” by Pam Kuliesis
Originally published on November 26, 2013

Tiny kitchen 2020 layout by Pam Kuliesis

Tiny kitchen 2020 layout by Pam Kuliesis

After turning a corner in life, I find myself living with a teeny, tiny kitchen. It’s a U-shape space. The working triangle is about 9 feet total, no more than 3 feet between the sink and the range to the left and the sink and the refrigerator to the right and just about 3 feet between the range and refrigerator across from each other. I can stand in the center of the room and reach all three without moving my feet. I pretty much don’t even have to lean. Very tight.

At first I couldn’t imagine being able to create anything in this “Easy Bake” kitchen that would be worth serving. But, a girl’s gotta eat, and take-out gets old pretty quick.

Once I started putting stuff away I was amazed at just how much storage this little kitchen had. And then I started cooking. Everything I needed was within arm’s length. Prep time was so much faster, not having to schlep across the room for the pepper mill that, in my old kitchen, I would leave way over by the sink. Also, I’m much neater. I don’t have the luxury of moving around the kitchen leaving a messy trail behind me. I clean as I go, making the final clean up a breeze!

There are so many great kitchen storage options available from all of the quality cabinetry brands we sell. Stacked wall cabinets maximize every vertical inch. Carefully planned base cabinet configurations and storage accessories make the best use of every nook and cranny.

Kitchen Views designers have the knowledge and the tools to create great kitchens in any space, big and small. Our designers are pros and the views are yours

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5 Responses to “Making the Case For A Tiny Kitchen”

  1. 1 mike pattenson February 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    The U-shaped kitchen is probably the most popular because it is compact and step saving. I made it in my own kitchen, the sink inside the U, with range center near the dining area and the frig near the outside door. In the U-shape, foot traffic does not interfere. The little space left for a breakfast table makes counter service more feasible. By the day, I design it all myself. I learned DIY skills from a resources , I stumble upon.

    I might say, this article is awesome! Thanks to the author, it is just a good idea for my next project.

  2. 2 Vancouver BC Kitchen Remodeling February 7, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Good sharing the, how to Making the case for a tiny kitchen?.
    Its really awesome post, and looking very nice Tiny kitchen layout also.

  3. 3 Sophia Liam May 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    As a recent college student and recently married person, I totally understand the merits of having a well-designed small kitchen. I like this plan. Thank you very much!

    Sophia Liam | ry much!

  4. 4 mralbertftrillo May 16, 2016 at 9:27 am

    This kitchen is just cute and perfectly designed. I would love to have this one.

  5. 5 Lillian Schaeffer September 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that having a small kitchen helps motivate you to keep it clean. My husband and I just moved into a new house, and we’ve been talking about renovating the kitchen. It’s a really small space, but I think if we improved the layout and storage some, it could be really nice, and like you said, I think it’ll help me keep it clean. Thanks for the great post!

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