If you are about to move to a new place, you likely have a checklist for everything you need to make it a home. The good news is that all the decisions rest on your shoulders. The bad news? Well, the space you are eyeing might not be the perfect fit for your vision. Your kitchen, for instance, might be rather squeezed for your comfort.
Thankfully, a few great small kitchen ideas are all you need to equip your kitchen area efficiently.
A kitchen does not fit the description if it cannot handle rudimentary cooking tasks. When shopping, therefore, start with dining ware and buy only what you think you will need. Unless you have frequent get-togethers, four of each item will probably be enough. For cooking pans, buy a medium-sized one for sauces and soups, then add two differently sized frying pans.
Of course, you will need one good, sharp kitchen knife and a cutting board. Mixing bowls will serve a wide range of needs, but again, do not get too many. Two of varying sizes will do just fine. The point is, having too many utensils can quickly clutter up your small kitchen. A minimalistic but functional set will serve you well.
Apartments with small kitchens usually have a small pantry or no pantry at all. That means you will need to get creative with your storage. If your kitchen comes with overhead cabinets, consider replacing some of them with open shelves for a roomier look. Stacked shelves are also an effective way to make better use of empty walls, and glass containers can be helpful for storing cereals and grain while adding some charm to your kitchen.
Once you have locked down the basics and you have enough space for the things you need to store, take some time to examine your cooking style and figure out which extra items you would want. If you are a coffee person, for instance, a good coffee maker will be at the top of your list of extras. Before buying a mixer or a blender, ask yourself whether you really like to bake or if you drink a lot of smoothies.
Choose your extras carefully, and you likely won’t struggle with space for the appliances you truly need.