How to Design a Floor Plan for a Small Kitchen

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Designing a small kitchen allows you to get the creative juices flowing and create a functional kitchen based on your preferences and cooking ability. Small kitchens require an efficient design and maximizing every bit of available space. If planning a new kitchen, you will probably have more options in terms of laying out appliances. For kitchen remodels, you may be unable to make significant changes to appliance locations unless you are planning to spend lots of money. Creating your own design will give you or the contractor an idea of your desired changes.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil and paper
  • Measure the kitchen with a tape measure. Draw a small-scale sketch of your kitchen and mark the measured dimensions on the paper.

  • Mark the location of appliances on your sketch. You will need to work around these when designing cabinet space.

  • Consider using a galley kitchen layout -- a long, narrow kitchen with appliances and cabinets on either side and a straight stretch of floor down the middle.

  • Plan on deeper counters in the kitchen so that you can have more counter-top appliances, to reduce the need for large appliances.

  • Plan for lights to go under the upper cabinets. This allows for more light in the small space.

  • Lay floor tile in a diagonal pattern, which creates a larger feel in the galley kitchen.

  • Use cabinets that stretch to the ceiling. This maximizes storage space.

  • Create a mixture of natural and artificial light in the small space. More light can help the smaller space look better and larger than its actual size.

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