However much space you have in your kitchen you inevitably don’t have enough room for everything you want to ram into the small room. There are certain things that you will need to have in your kitchen including a washing machine, a dishwasher, a fridge and a freezer. So when planning your new kitchen you need to plan around these appliances.
You should draw a map of your kitchen to scale and using this scale you should create small cut-outs of the appliances that you are thinking about buying. By doing this you will get an idea of how much space you have for the rest of the kitchen including a table and the work surfaces.
The best way to calculate the amount of space you will need in your new kitchen is to think about the way that you use it now. How much space do you have left in your cupboards? Is your table big enough? How much time do you spend in the kitchen and which areas do you use the most?
It might be your dream to have a huge kitchen table and an Aga, but will you use them? If you currently spend much of your time around the breakfast bar then you might be better making this bigger in your new kitchen.
A breakfast bar is also a good idea if you have very little space in your kitchen. You can also create a funky effect with your bar stools. A breakfast bar is a great way to combine both work surface and table. Islands are a great way to work in a breakfast bar; although in a smaller kitchen they might not be a good idea, as they might make the room feel cramped.
There are many ways that you can make your kitchen feel less cramped, but the best way is to make the most out of storage. Cupboards in your kitchen are the best way to optimise the space. They will also set the tone for your kitchen, for example if you have wooden cupboards then you will need to match the rest of the kitchen to that look.
The kitchen is one of the most important places in your house and practicality is the key to a successfully designed kitchen. So once you have set out your miniature kitchen and decided on appliances, you can start to think about the colours of cupboards, tiles and appliances.
Something that you have to keep in mind when choosing a new kitchen is that they are expensive to replace. So you need to think about your choices carefully, especially when it comes to colour schemes.
Have a look at the ranges of appliances on the market and start making your mini kitchen.
Tyler Morton is an avid blogger. He focuses on consumer goods in the UK market.