How to Design a 7X10 Kitchen


According to ABC News, the size of the average American kitchen is nearly 300 square feet, so designing a kitchen that is a mere one-quarter of the average size may seem like an impossible task. Expansive kitchens feature lots of storage, a working triangle between the refrigerator, sink and stove and an efficient workspace. However, you can achieve these same elements with careful planning in your 7-by-10-foot kitchen.

Galley Kitchen

  • Draw a desired layout of your galley kitchen. Identify where the cabinetry and countertops will be. Galley kitchens typically have two long lines of cabinetry and counters with a few feet of movable space in between. Another option is to have one standard line of cabinetry and countertops with a long island on the other end. This layout provides a little more open space than a traditional galley kitchen.

  • Draw in the sink, refrigerator and stove. Include a working triangle between these three pieces so the sink, refrigerator and stove are less than 9 feet apart.

  • Choose your flooring. Large ceramic tiles make the small space appear larger. Wood floors should be installed perpendicular to the cabinets to make the space appear wider.

  • Add to your plan your cabinets and countertop design. Cabinets in lighter colors, such as white or cream, make the room appear larger. Cabinets with a vertical wood grain make the space appear longer. Install the microwave under one of the cabinets to free up essential counter space.

  • Plan the specific appliances and sink you want to use. Use apartment-sized appliances to save space, such as a 24-inch stove or refrigerator. A single bowl sink will free up more space and is probably all that you will need if you also have a dishwasher.

  • Design adornments for the walls. A light paint color makes the room lighter and brighter, important qualities for a galley kitchen that can sometimes feel stifling. Choose a backsplash in light colors or with a reflective surface, such as glass or porcelain tile. Plan to mount a mirror on the wall if you have the space.

Other Layouts

  • Draw a detailed layout. Keep in mind that the working triangle between the sink, refrigerator and stove should be no more than four feet apart.

  • Choose the type of flooring for your kitchen. Travertine floors have a light color that complements light cabinetry and makes the room appear larger.

  • Choose efficient cabinetry. Cabinetry that reaches to the ceiling adds additional storage space and makes use of the height of your kitchen without taking up all of the width. A hidden-away footstool can help you reach items out of arm's reach. Install a pull-out pantry in one of your cabinets. A slim pull-out drawer that contains utensils can take the place of a cabinet spacer.

  • Add elements of the Frankfurt kitchen. The Frankfurt kitchen was a modular kitchen design that was 13 by 7 feet. Developed in 1925, it is a very efficient design. Some elements of the design include a dish rack directly above the sink, cabinetry with hinged fronts, bins for dry goods, sliding cabinet doors, a built-in cabinet for garbage and cabinetry built around appliances.

  • Choose which countertops you want to install. Counters with reflective surfaces, such as marble or granite, will help the kitchen appear larger.

  • Match your furniture with the paint color. This will help make the design more cohesive and make it appear larger.

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