Saving Space in the Kitchen
If you’ve not got the largest of kitchens, you need to use clever tactics to make the most of your space. Sometimes this simply means buying smaller appliances, like slimline dishwashers and undercounter fridges, but combination appliances can help too.
We’ve put together some great space saving tips to help you make the most of your kitchen.
What Compact Appliances are Available?
The undercounter fridge is probably the most common space saving appliance. Rather than investing in a huge, American style fridge, you can buy a model that slips easily under the worktop. These versions are available with or without an ice box, and often give a surprising amount of storage space, despite being only 80 to 90cm high. Take a look at our larder fridge section for ideas.
Slimline dishwashers are also great if you’re lacking in space. Full size dishwashers can usually take 12 place settings in one go, but how often do we actually need all that capacity? With a slimline version, you can wash around 9 place settings, which is more than enough for most everyday situations.
While undercounter fridges save in terms of height, slimline dishwashers are narrower than their full size counterparts. This is because a dishwasher will generally fit under the worktop anyway, so reducing the height won’t necessarily give more usable room. This Beko dishwasher is only 45cm wide, compared to around 60cm for a full size machine.
Although you can buy washing machines and tumble dryers with smaller drum sizes, the actual size of the appliance tends not to vary that much.
With a slimline dishwasher, you can wash around 9 place settings, which is more than enough for most everyday situations.
Do Small Appliances Offer any Other Advantages?
As well as saving space, compact appliances offer savings in terms of energy efficiency and price.
Smaller machines tend to be more efficient than large ones. With a big fridge, for example, you are cooling more space which takes more energy. If you don’t actually need more room, this is a waste – half empty refrigerators are less efficient than full ones.
The same applies if you have a washing machine with a huge drum if you often wash very small loads.
Small appliances also tend to be cheaper than their bigger counterparts. There are huge variations in the price of appliances due to the quality of manufacture and the features available, but when comparing models from the same brand, the smaller version will often be at the cheaper end of the scale.
The fact that smaller appliances use fewer materials means they have a reduced impact on the environment.
What Other Ways are there to Save Space?
If you really need a large fridge or full size dishwasher, don’t worry. There are other ways you can save space in a smaller kitchen:
Buy a combined appliance. If you can’t fit a separate fridge and freezer or washing machine and tumble dryer in your kitchen, consider buying a combined fridge freezer or washer dryer instead. This will give you a huge space saving without losing any functionality, and with a washer dryer you can even set a load to wash and dry in one go.
Stack appliances on top of each other. With washing machines and tumble dryers in particular, many models can be placed on top of each other. However, you may need to use a stacking kit for safety. Refer to manufacturers guidelines or get in touch for more information.
Put them in a different room. If there’s space elsewhere in the house, moving your appliances is a great way to save kitchen space. Freestanding versions are more flexible than built-in models in this regard. With tumble dryers, vented models need to be placed next to a door or window (for the pipe to go through), but condenser versions are perfectly happy in a utility room or garage. Many fridges and freezers are designed to work in cold conditions, as well.
Buy fewer appliances. If space is really limited and you can’t build an extension for a utility room, consider cutting down on appliances altogether. You might be able to do without a dishwasher or tumble dryer, or in more extreme cases you could do away with the freezer, relying on fresh food instead. If you’re not big on cooking or have a microwave, you could even have a hob without the oven..
There are others ways to save space in a small kitchen: buy a combined appliance, stack them on top of each other or put them in another room.