Smart ideas for small kitchens


With a little planning and creativity, you can transform a small kitchen from a challenging space into a one you’ll enjoy spending more time in. From storage to seating, find your small kitchen inspiration with our roundup of real-home examples.

"We’ve created a cosy bench that doubles as extra storage space. It’s helped turn the kitchen into a sociable area."

Mili and Tomáš, IKEA co-workers, Czech Republic

Find new ways to store more.

Don’t think you can fit more into your small kitchen? Look high and low, into awkward corners, and don’t forget your doors. You might discover a few extra places you can add rails or small storage. If you want to keep the floorspace free, try hanging storage from ledges or radiators. If you live in an awkward or rented space, simple open shelves or build-your-own solutions securely fixed to the wall provide cost-effective storage you can add to over time or take with you when you leave.

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‘All our guests love to congregate around our island table. It’s a creative design that makes the most of a small space’

Juli and Patrik, designers, Hungary

Have fun with your storage.

Get playful with chalkboard paint, chalk and nails to create a storage solution for your utensils that also shows off your personality. The outlines mean everyone will know what lives where.

Clear your counters.

Make the most of your available workspace by keeping it free of clutter. Chopping boards, utensils and even food can all be wall hung, leaving you with more prepping space.

Keep favourites close at hand.

Make daily routines more streamlined by storing what you use most often within reach and things you use less frequently higher up. If you love coffee, why not create

"The trolleys are extra worksurfaces. We can use them in the kitchen or in the living room to chop in front of the TV."

Prime, architect, Germany