Creating More Counter Space In A Small Kitchen

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The kitchen is often called the heart of the home. It’s where family and friends gather, where memories are made. It’s where food is prepared, and often consumed. The kitchen is imperative to the operation and running of the household. While huge spaces are great, a small kitchen can easily meet the needs of a busy family. One way to help achieve this is to create as much counter space as possible. There are several different ways to go about doing this.

Make Your Backsplash Do Double Duty

The backsplash in your small kitchen can be utilized in a number of ways to help free up extra counter space.

You don’t have to sacrifice style with your backsplash to create storage. This kitchen beautifully utilizes a single shelf at a level that doesn’t impede use of the counter underneath it. It also incorporates under cabinet lighting that makes reading labels easy and helps highlight a beautiful spice collection.spicesPhoto: Oceanic Realty
A pegboard can be used to create storage in multiple ways. You can hang your most used utensils on hooks. Shelves are easily put in and moved around. One of the bonuses of pegboard is how easy it is to move or change the way you use it. It also creates a really interesting design element in any size space.pegboard.jpgPhoto: HGTV
Get Creative With Your Cutting Board

A cutting board is a must in any kitchen to ensure the protection and long life of your counter tops. But keeping them on the counter top at all times takes up valuable space in your small kitchen. There are several different ways to get around this.

Custom stovetop covers that double as cutting boards is an easy and beautiful way to keep your cutting board off the counter. This idea also creates additional workspace in a small kitchen. You can go to The Kitchn to learn how to build the one shown below.
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An under counter pull-out cutting board is a great way to declutter your counter tops.a617d18e679179dfccd96a23e49867f8.jpgPhoto: Pinterest
Utilize Corners and Gaps

Placement of kitchen appliances can create some awkward spaces in smaller kitchens. And corners are generally ignored in a lot of kitchen designs. But there are ways to use these spaces to either provide additional counter space or as a place to store what you’d usually keep on the counter.

This small apartment kitchen perfectly takes advantage of what could be completely wasted space by mounting butcher block in a previously ignored corner. Bonus points for creating the perfect spot to hide the kitchen garbage or a bar stool.e7258ad75d31f31ee952724ed420ed6fddbdb0b5.jpgPhoto: Door Sixteen
This tiny kitchen uses the large corners surrounding the sink to store and display a wide array of objects. Mounting your paper towel holder under cabinets or a shelf is another easy way to keep a necessary kitchen item off your counters. small-kitchen-with-corner-shelves.jpgPhoto: Decoist
You don’t need deep corners, as shown above, to install corner shelves. Regardless of their size, corner shelves are perfect for helping keep your counters clear.
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Tips for Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island

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Whether building a new house or remodeling an existing space, a kitchen island is a must-have design feature that can transform how you use and enjoy the busiest room in your home.  At the very least an island adds storage and counter space, creating a centering point between the different appliances and areas in your kitchen.  Beyond that, a great island creates a gathering spot where families can congregate and create amazing memories.

Start with Size

How big do you want your kitchen island to be? This depends on a lot of variables. How much space do you have to work with? And what is going to be the main purpose of your island? Will you use it as additional cooking and prep space, or will it function primarily as seating? Equally important to the size of your island is the amount of space around it. You always want to make sure there is enough room around the island so as not to impede the flow of traffic through your home or limit the ability of the cook to move around easily and efficiently.

An island this size can fit easily into a smaller kitchen.
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A bigger island can really help define the space in a large open kitchen.14032810_321469251530534_1325135376_nPhoto: Caitlin Creer Interiors

Seating

Having seating at your kitchen island is a huge way to increase the functionality of your kitchen island. There are multiple ways to design your island to maximize seating capability. You can use a multi level island which will separate the seating area and work/prep space. You can use your island as a base for a banquette seating area. A table space can easily be incorporated into one end of an island or you can leave a counter overhang with enough room to move push chairs under when not in use.

This island creates a ton of seating for family and friends.fec91a7001fbPhoto: Kelly Deck Design
 A classic example of a multi level island.RS_heather-guss-rustic-neutral-kitchen_4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960Photo: Heather Guss
Banquette seating is a wonderful option if your space allows it.03-kitchen-island-with-a-built-in-seating-areaPhoto: DigsDigs.com
Integrating a table space is a great way to utilize one end of a large island.tableincorporated            Photo: Kelly Deck Designs

Storage

Options are almost limitless for storage in your kitchen island. Any combination of drawers, cabinets and shelves give you the ability to really customize the island to your specific storage needs. With that in mind, its a good idea to think about what you want to store in your island. Everyday items need to be easily accessible. Small appliances and larger pots may require extra depth or height.

Drawers and cabinets with pull out shelving maximize storage potential in a medium-sized island.
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Your kitchen island is the perfect place to store and display cookbooks.decorative-cookbook-holder-home-interior-design-transitional-kitchen-london-718x538.jpgPhoto: decorology
A mix of open and closed storage is the perfect way to showcase collectibles while concealing more utilitarian items.Kitchen-island-pots-storagePhoto: Homedit

When it comes to your kitchen island,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!