Space Saver Kitchen Design

Space Saver Kitchen Design

The Inspiration When designer Brian Patrick Flynn dined in this 75-square-foot L-shaped kitchen, he knew it could be better utilized with an integrated dining space — especially since the owners, John and Sarah, enjoy eating fresh, home-cooked meals. After convincing them to give their space up for a three-day design update, he focused on one clear goal: maximize storage and free up enough space to seat four people comfortably. Before First on the to-do list was to create and install a four-person seating arrangement. Secondly, add warmth and pizzazz to the existing beige walls and ceiling with olive-green paint. Since a 52-inch radiator wall divided the kitchen from the living room, it was put to good use with a wall-mounted counter-height table. Former HGTV Design Star contestant Dan Faires created a one-of-a-kind table, designed to be kid-friendly, sturdy and made from reclaimed wood. The Table After cutting the lumber to size, sanding it, then finishing it with a wax treatment, Dan installed it directly into wall studs using heavy-duty anchors and drywall screws. With the table in place, the focus was turned to seating — adding a set of four stackable steel stools done in a powder-coated celery green finish. Since saving space was the most important element of the kitchen’s update, keeping the stools stacked and tucked below the table ensured the floor surface remained open and unobstructed. Pot Rack Next, the goal was free up as much cabinet space as possible by moving all the cookware to a ceiling-mounted rack. A pot rack with an integrated light fixture with small halogen bulbs was the perfect fix. In order to take advantage of the vertical space and instantly add much-needed ambiance to the dining area, the lighted pot rack was installed above the table. Open Storage Since the kitchen is located just a few feet from the apartment’s entrance, the dead space near the door was used to add open storage for everyday items such as cereal bowls, water glasses, coffee cups and bottled drinks. Basic plumbing supplies and darkly stained pine wood were utilized to create a low-cost, rustic farmhouse aesthetic. The project was created and installed in two days and cost less than $250 in materials. Approximately three cabinets’ worth of items were moved onto the new open shelving. Coffee Cup Holder The final step in the kitchen update was to add space-saving tricks to the cabinets and countertops. Since coffee in the mornings is important to Sarah and John, adequate space for coffee cups was added by mounting an extendable coffee cup holder just a few inches from the coffee maker. Bold Artwork Although the kitchen is tight on space, personality was still squeezed into the design. One of Sarah and John’s favorite art pieces hangs on the wall above the bar-height table. Not only does this add a true focal point to the kitchen, it also adds a touch of bold color to the otherwise earthy neutral space. Soap Dispenser The overall style of Sarah and John’s home is contemporary, organic and rustic. To add a touch of farmhouse charm, a simple Mason jar was repurposed as a soap dispenser by drilling a hole into the lid, then inserting a pump from a discarded plastic soap container. Paper Towel Holder To free up extra counter space, a cabinet door-mounted paper towel holder was added to one of the kitchen’s base cabinets. This is an easy way to save space without any handy skills; the holder simply clips to the top of the cabinet door and holds itself in place. Spice Jars Spice jars with chalkboard fronts allow Sarah and John to note which spices are contained within each jar. By choosing jars in the same green accent color used throughout the space, they double as decoration. Pan Racks Reaching for and sorting through pans can be irritating — especially inside of extra-deep base cabinets. Make life easier by installing upright pan racks, which use vertical space rather than the base cabinet’s depth. Wire Racks Shelving space inside Sarah and John’s wall-mounted cabinets is maximized with stackable wire racks. The racks come in different heights and widths, and they allow various sizes of plates to be stacked neatly within the same cabinet. Wine Storage To properly integrate wine storage into the kitchen, vertical space near the refrigerator was outfitted with wine bottle racks.
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Space Saver Kitchen Design

1 Of 25 Rolling LadderAdding extra storage up top is a great idea, if you can reach, that is. Katie Ridder installed a rolling ladder (just like the library!) in this fantastic kitchen to access ceiling-height cabinets. Eric Piasecki 2 Of 25 Moveable BarThe galley kitchen in Juan Carretero’s New York apartment has two doorways, one of which opens directly into the living room. To gain counter space — and improve the view — a movable bar on casters spans the gap. Thomas LoofAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 Of 25 Tiny CabinetsDesigner Amanda Nisbet injected warmth into a modern Manhattan apartment with a Macassar wood island and Tom Dixon Mirror Ball pendants. To squeeze in extra storage, little cubbies fill in the space above a sunny window. Tara Donne 4 Of 25 Singular ShelfAlthough his clients requested a bank of open shelving, designer Grant K. Gibson added a single ledge to their galley kitchen. “One shelf is simple and dynamic,” he says. “You have to be able to hide clutter, and this way, you can rotate your collections!” Thomas KuohAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 Of 25 Subway TileTo fake a sunny farmhouse kitchen in a Manhattan apartment, Celerie Kemble painted the cabinets Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. The white-tiled walls, along with brass hardware and a milk-glass chandelier, create the illusion of added sunlight. Christopher Sturman 6 Of 25 Pot RackBulky pans can take up valuable real estate, so Katie Ridder installed Urban Archaeology’s Industrial pot rack in a Greenwich Village duplex. The elegant barstools from Cherner Chair Company are a 1958 design by Norman Cherner and are cushioned in MK Collection’s Summer Strié. Eric PiaseckiAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 Of 25 White Cabinetry Ashley Whittaker gutted a New York apartment’s kitchen, replacing the dark cabinetry and terra-cotta tiles with white cupboards and Carrara marble. “The room now feels twice as big,” she says. The slim table provides extra counter space and doubles as a breakfast nook. Rather than recessed lighting, she chose a birdcage lantern from the HomePort Collections. “It’s whimsical,” she explains. “When you’re working with a small apartment, why not make the kitchen feel like another decorated room?” Thomas Loof 8 Of 25 Copper ShelvingWorking with just 72 square feet, Austin designer Kim Lewis opted for in-plain-sight storage. The copper-pipe shelving has hooks for hanging mugs, keeping the counter clutter-free. Without a dishwasher, a farmhouse sink can accommodate dirty pots and pans. Courtesy of KohlerAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 Of 25 Folding DoorsIn Bill Brockschmidt’s 640-square-foot apartment, the kitchen is located in the entry hall and camouflaged from the living area. “Creating folding doors allowed us to transform the entry into a mini-gallery when we entertain,” Brockschmidt says. “We can also close off the dining room from the kitchen with pocket doors, so that once guests have arrived, we can open up the kitchen for cooking.” Simon Watson 10 Of 25 Black CabinetryIn a Manhattan apartment, the existing kitchen cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore Aura in Black. “I wanted it to look less boring and more like a smart butler’s pantry,” designer Lilly Bunn says. The Roman shade is in Holland & Sherry’s Belfour linen. Maura McEvoy Next Gallery 20 Smart Design Solutions for Small Bedrooms Let’s face it: Tiny nooks are the coziest snoozing spots. By Caroline Picard and Sarah Yang
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Space Saver Kitchen Design

1 Of 25 Rolling LadderAdding extra storage up top is a great idea, if you can reach, that is. Katie Ridder installed a rolling ladder (just like the library!) in this fantastic kitchen to access ceiling-height cabinets. Eric Piasecki 2 Of 25 Moveable BarThe galley kitchen in Juan Carretero’s New York apartment has two doorways, one of which opens directly into the living room. To gain counter space — and improve the view — a movable bar on casters spans the gap. Thomas LoofAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 Of 25 Tiny CabinetsDesigner Amanda Nisbet injected warmth into a modern Manhattan apartment with a Macassar wood island and Tom Dixon Mirror Ball pendants. To squeeze in extra storage, little cubbies fill in the space above a sunny window. Tara Donne 4 Of 25 Singular ShelfAlthough his clients requested a bank of open shelving, designer Grant K. Gibson added a single ledge to their galley kitchen. “One shelf is simple and dynamic,” he says. “You have to be able to hide clutter, and this way, you can rotate your collections!” Thomas KuohAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 Of 25 Subway TileTo fake a sunny farmhouse kitchen in a Manhattan apartment, Celerie Kemble painted the cabinets Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. The white-tiled walls, along with brass hardware and a milk-glass chandelier, create the illusion of added sunlight. Christopher Sturman 6 Of 25 Pot RackBulky pans can take up valuable real estate, so Katie Ridder installed Urban Archaeology’s Industrial pot rack in a Greenwich Village duplex. The elegant barstools from Cherner Chair Company are a 1958 design by Norman Cherner and are cushioned in MK Collection’s Summer Strié. Eric PiaseckiAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 Of 25 White Cabinetry Ashley Whittaker gutted a New York apartment’s kitchen, replacing the dark cabinetry and terra-cotta tiles with white cupboards and Carrara marble. “The room now feels twice as big,” she says. The slim table provides extra counter space and doubles as a breakfast nook. Rather than recessed lighting, she chose a birdcage lantern from the HomePort Collections. “It’s whimsical,” she explains. “When you’re working with a small apartment, why not make the kitchen feel like another decorated room?” Thomas Loof 8 Of 25 Copper ShelvingWorking with just 72 square feet, Austin designer Kim Lewis opted for in-plain-sight storage. The copper-pipe shelving has hooks for hanging mugs, keeping the counter clutter-free. Without a dishwasher, a farmhouse sink can accommodate dirty pots and pans. Courtesy of KohlerAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 Of 25 Folding DoorsIn Bill Brockschmidt’s 640-square-foot apartment, the kitchen is located in the entry hall and camouflaged from the living area. “Creating folding doors allowed us to transform the entry into a mini-gallery when we entertain,” Brockschmidt says. “We can also close off the dining room from the kitchen with pocket doors, so that once guests have arrived, we can open up the kitchen for cooking.” Simon Watson 10 Of 25 Black CabinetryIn a Manhattan apartment, the existing kitchen cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore Aura in Black. “I wanted it to look less boring and more like a smart butler’s pantry,” designer Lilly Bunn says. The Roman shade is in Holland & Sherry’s Belfour linen. Maura McEvoy

Space Saver Kitchen Design

Space Saver Kitchen Design
Space Saver Kitchen Design
Space Saver Kitchen Design
Space Saver Kitchen Design