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4 quick hacks to create additional space in your kitchen

Large or small – is your kitchen big enough for all your needs?
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 21-05-2018 13:00pm

Whatever the size of your kitchen – more space for storage, prep, socialising or cooking is always welcomed. With a mix of smart planning and organising, you can add some additional square footage in no time. Here’s how…

1. Show them off
Why hide away your pots and pans if you can make a style statement with them? As an added bonus, it will also free up your cupboards for additional kitchen wares. All you need is a rack installed across a wall or as shown here over the island. Just remember to display your best-looking wares.

This kitchen by Roisín Lafferty fits the brief of a buzzing restaurant to a tee, not to mention the storage needs the owners wanted. “I wanted to provide as much storage, with hidden appliances, as possible to create a clean, sleek feel,” says Roisín, “but at the same time, we needed to add warmth and texture, which is why we designed the copper pipe feature over the island.”

Real home: Cooking is designed to be a social activity in this trendy kitchen

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2. Clean worktops
Having all your small appliances on the counter may make it easier to access. However, it will also make your kitchen look like the size of a shoe box. Declutter the space and only display the ones you use regularly, like a coffee maker perhaps. This chrome one sits perfectly in the corner, complementing the grey veins of the white marble-effect Dekton Aura splashback.

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3. Let in light
While curtains can soften up a look, they are also bulky and cover a portion of the window when pulled back. Instead swap them for shutters or blinds?

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4. Overhead storage
This may not be the quickest solution, but with a little investment can be invaluable. Put all that wasted space above your kitchen wall cupboards to use. Extend your storage right up to the ceiling and fill it up with items you don’t use often.

Tip: For easy access and a bit of drama, add a ladder to the scheme.  

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Also read: 
Smaller kitchen? Here's how to really max your space

NEXT! Can't get enough of space in the kitchen? Browse this moodboard of inspirational open-plan living spaces - click any image below to begin.

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   Amanda Peters
KBB Ark Web Editor. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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