Make the most of your kitchen with our space saving solutions
Kitchens are getting smaller, in fact, 6 out of 10 kitchens are less than twelve meters squared. We at B&Q are on hand to advise you with helpful ways to ensure your small kitchen can be functional and practical, as well as attractive.
With clever storage and design solutions, you can easily create the illusion of a bigger space. You can still fill your kitchen with everything to cater to your needs - cooking, eating, washing or entertaining guests, all without making the room look cluttered.
Our handy guide will reassure you that minimal space doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a dreary kitchen. With our tips, tricks and innovative products, we can help make your kitchen feel more spacious than ever…
Compact kitchen ideas
Streamlined and reflective surfaces
Choose a kitchen design with simple lines and a smooth finish, such as our IT Marletti Anthracite Gloss Kitchen (pictured). Reflective surfaces will create the illusion of space, allowing you to move more freely around the kitchen.
You could also consider a fitted kitchen with handleless or integrated handles to add more space. They will also stop you from knocking yourself on knobs or handles, and make your kitchen appear minimal, sleek and ultra-stylish.
Keep it simple
If your space is minimal, it’s important to consider the layout and design of your kitchen. A breakfast bar on the worktop or on a small island makes a good alternative to a dining table.
Use bright colours to make the room appear bigger, and make sure that the room gets plenty of light. Choose accessories and appliances that are bold and bright to give your kitchen a burst of colour.
Save space with a single bowl sink
Single bowl sinks allow for much more room on the worktop. Our state-of-the-art Romesco smart space sinks are ideal for creating a space efficient and multi-functional work area.
With a whole host of features, such as an extra wide and deep bowl, integrated accessories, including a chopping board and colander, and a dual ledge rim design, there’s nothing else quite like the Romesco sink. It has a reversible drying rack to increase drainer space, and layered accessories to make food prep easier than ever.
Our Romesco smart space sinks are available in 1 bowl, 1 bowl with drainer or as 1.5 bowl shapes to cater for all kitchen requirements. Why not pair with the Zanthe Side Lever Mixer Tap? It has a swivel spout, helping you do the dishes no matter the size of your sink, and an anti-limescale spout that rubs clean!
Opt for integrated storage
Neatly tuck your food, waste and cooking utensils away using integrated storage and bins. Our 10 Litre Swing-out bin is compatible with all Cooke & Lewis and non-framed IT fitted kitchens, and allows you to hide your rubbish from dinner guests, or from greedy pets! It keeps any nasty smells at bay too.
Fed up of cluttering your worktop or shelves with loose ingredients? Why not consider getting a Pull-out Storage Base Cabinet – it takes up hardly any space, yet has a surprisingly generous amount of shelf depth storage. This pull out cabinet is compatible with all Cooke & Lewis and IT fitted kitchens. Use it to tuck away cleaning products, or other kitchen items that you'd rather not have on show.
The Neff Slide&Hide Oven has a disappearing door that slides under the oven cavity. Making it perfect for moving around a small kitchen, and it’s a great conversation starter for friends and family.
There are lots of little changes that can make a big difference, leaving you with a more open and spacious kitchen. You could opt for open shelving instead of trying to cram everything into cabinets and drawers.
As an alternative to a knife block, why not keep knives on a Magnetic Knife Holder attached to the wall? This will free up space on the worktop. We have a lot of wall storage solutions, our Hastings Midway Storage collection is ideal for small kitchens. You can attach the Steel Rail to your wall and add a range of space saving racks and shelves, such as the Two Tier Shelf, Two Tier Spice Rack and Utensil Holder. Attach pots full of shrubs or herbs with the Set of 6 Hooks, or why not use the hooks to display a selection of your favourite mugs to brighten up the space?
If you have crockery that is only brought out on special occasions, you could store them in boxes and out of the way instead of keeping it with your everyday crockery. Another way to save space in cabinets, is to keep dry food in glass jars and place them on the counter. Not only does this look attractive, it helps you to remember what ingredients you have and when you’re running low.
These compact kitchen ideas prove that you don’t need a big kitchen to have a functional space. Just by choosing certain storage options or using integrated handles, you can instantly make your kitchen feel more spacious and make it easier to use.
If you’re planning a new kitchen and aren’t sure where to start, be sure to check out our article full of inspirational ideas for planning a kitchen, whether it’s a new kitchen or a renovation project – we’ve got the knowledge to help you get started!