Maximizing Small Kitchen Spaces

Dated: 01/24/2013

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Small kitchens never seem to have enough cupboard space for all the items their owners want to store. After carefully ensuring you're only storing regularly-used cooking, meal preparation and clean-up gear in your kitchen, you can increase your storage capacity in several ways.

Tip 1 – Use your backsplash
Backsplashes offer dozens of square feet of untapped storage potential. Usually considered only for decorative purposes, these 18 inch spans between your countertops and wall cabinets can be put to great use as zoned, organized storage. For example, you can clear some counter space by installing a backsplash-mounted utensil crock near your cooktop. You could also mount a spice organizer in your meal prep zone, freeing up some cabinet storage.

Tip 2 – use empty wall and ceiling space
Even small kitchens typically have an unused wall or ceiling space above a peninsula that can be tapped for additional storage. By adding a pot rack to your kitchen, you can free up base cabinet space that would otherwise hold your cookware. There are racks available in almost any style and size to accommodate your needs. Small kitchens typically lack islands, but a peninsula housing a cooktop can be a good spot to tap into added storage potential.

Tip 3 – Use the back of doors
Another way to add organization and storage capacity to your kitchen is to install accessories on the backs of doors. For example, you can hang an organizer for your cleaning supplies on the back of the cabinet holding your sink. Additionally, you can add pantry capacity by putting a canned goods or food wrap holder on the back of its door. There are numerous options that can add to your kitchen's efficiency, as well as its storage potential.

Tip 4 – Add baskets

If you have at least eight inches between your wall cabinets and your ceiling, you can add storage capacity and style to your kitchen with decorative baskets. Shelf baskets can easily accommodate small items that you want to keep in the kitchen area, but don't use on a daily basis. They can add a splash of color or neutral texture, depending on the look that works best with your space.MaximizingSpaceinaSmallBathroom


Does your bathroom feel a little snug? It's not your imagination. Even though the average size of bathrooms in new homes has almost doubled, bathrooms in many older houses have remained at their original 5- by 8-foot size – even smaller if you’re talking about a convenient, but small powder room.

Fear not – with some easy design tips you can increase the physical space – and the perception of space- in your little bathroom.

First, ditch the old commode and consider replacing your old toilet with a compact toilet. It's the same size as a round-front model and still provides the comfort of an elongated seat. Plus, newer toilets use less water, making them much more eco-friendly.

Second, stick with solid colors. In small spaces like bathrooms, busy patterns can overpower and appear to shrink the space. Light, natural tones lend an open, airy feel. If you want to get creative, play with textures rather than patterns. Keep prints light and to a minimum. If you really yearn to go bold, the powder room is a better choice.

If you’re working on a three-quarter or full bath, you will definitely want to streamline the shower. Choose a sliding shower door or shower screen. Sliding doors don't require space for door clearance, and the clear glass acts much like a window, creating the illusion of even more space.

As far as tubs go, in small spaces, smaller is better. To give the feeling of more space you may consider replacing your old tub with a lower-walled model. Try a five-foot tub with a flat bottom. They're perfect for showering, but still deep enough for bath time.

Another great way to add space is to invest in a smaller vanity. You’ll save real and perceived space by installing a petite vanity, with smaller pedestal or wall-mounted sink.

Depending on your budget, timeline and type of bathroom, most of these tips can be implemented quickly and with a reasonable price tag. Whether you’re getting ready to sell or just purchased a new property, these techniques can help add the space you or potential buyers are looking for.

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Carla Winter - Raymond Selix

Ray and Carla have been working as a team since 1995. Carla’s extensive knowledge of the Denver area real estate market not only includes over 35 years as a Real Estate Broker Associate but also in....

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