Choosing small kitchen furniture can become an easy task if a few things are kept in mind. Before you go out and purchase the items you need, give the following topics some thought.
Of course, you must consider the amount of space you have to work with. Whether you are trying to seat the family or add pieces that allow for more storage, remember to keep things in proportion. When it comes to items like storage pantries always remember to go up rather than out. Tall slim pieces will effectively give your kitchen the storage it needs without taking up a lot of floor or wall space.
Having small children can pose a problem. Seating them on stools is inviting disaster even if they have backs. Children need to be kept close to the floor where getting in and out of a seat is easy for them to do. Look for benches or even booth style seating to keep them comfortable and out of harm's way.
The number of people in your family will bring up two separate considerations. Seating them for a meal needs to be considered as does freedom of movement around the room. If you happen to be living alone these matters won't come into play, but you may want to consider friends and family that come to visit.
The kitchen, regardless of size, is one of the most common meeting places for family members. Being able to gather when spaces are cramped will cause some problems to arise but it can be done. There are a number of ways to maximize storage and keep the small kitchen uncluttered.
Trompe l'oeil is a French term that means fooling the eye, and that is exactly what must be done in small kitchen. Only the most used small appliance should be left on the counter and even many of those can be mounted below an upper cabinet. Wall storage goes a long way in making your small space seem larger. Wall racks and shelving are just two easy ways for placement of pots and pans leaving cabinet space open for other things. Look for units that you can hang above the stove or the sink. These are excellent for giving things like spices and some cleaning materials a permanent home.
Tables come in a myriad of shapes, and styles. Round and drop leaf tables both can comfortably seat more people than a standard square one. Look to designs that allow for seating that can be whisked away under the table when their use is not called for. Small pantries are narrow but tall and designed to maximize storage. There are also units that you can purchase that can be installed inside cupboard doors. Investing in a small island will not only give more storage but add to minimal counter space and give you more room for meal preparation.
This next suggestion has little to do with small kitchen furniture but it is well worth mentioning. Keep colors light both in furniture and in wall paint. Nothing can make a small space look smaller than dark colors. Open the room up as much as you can using light and pleasing color schemes and add just a few hints of color here and there.