In a small kitchen hostess is cramped. Small Khrushchev houses, inherited from the Soviet era, do not allow to place all the necessary furniture and appliances in the kitchen, so often the refrigerator is taken out of the kitchen, and the rest of the space contains compact cupboards, a stove, a sink and a desk of the hostess.
Corner arrangement of kitchen cabinets will help to make the kitchen cozy and functional.
Layout small kitchen
Arrangement of furniture in the kitchen is usually done in one of three ways. The most convenient layout options for a small-sized kitchen are straight and angular. The line is often used if the kitchen has an elongated shape of a pencil case, and the corner variant of the headset is compactly integrated into a square kitchen of small dimensions.
In favor of this choice of furniture for small-sized kitchens are:
- Compactness. As a rule, a functional cabinet with sink is placed in the corner. At the bottom you can place household supplies for cleaning. The table top is often made sloping or rounded to iron the corners, and the doors are made with an accordion, so when opening they do not swing open widely, they do not cause inconvenience to the hostess.
- Convenience. With such an arrangement of a kitchen with a corner sink in a small room, as shown in the photo, the working triangle rule is fulfilled, when the sink, stove and work table of the hostess are at equal distance.
- Most often, these headsets are made to individual order and include many drawers, cabinets, and so that the space does not seem clogged, closed cabinets alternate with open shelves, racks.
- The ability to create a small eating area in the opposite corner. The dining area will not interfere with the hostess to move around the kitchen, open cabinets, use the sink.
- The ability to hide the water supply and ventilation systems, often located in the corner.
White corner kitchen with working area by the window makes the interior bright and spacious.
Important! The corner kitchen is convenient for a small-sized kitchen in a room combined with a dining room or living room.
The choice of ready-made corner furniture options in the salons is small, so most often such headsets are ordered according to individual sizes, while it is possible to choose the necessary modules, the filling of cabinets and drawers, the color of the facade.
In order not to clutter the space, you can abandon the wall-mounted bulky cabinets by installing open shelves
The disadvantages of this arrangement of furniture are reduced to the inconvenience during operation:
- The corner cupboard turns out to be overall, and it is inconvenient for the hostess to reach the farthest corner, especially if she is small.
- Custom-made furniture will cost more.
- When the cabinets are angled, their doors sometimes overlap when opened, which causes inconvenience. In this case, it is better to order furniture with a mechanism, like sliding-door wardrobes - sliding, and to make the doors of the upper cabinets open not to the side, but upwards.
Lack of space will help solve the combination of a small kitchen with a living room.
Nevertheless, corner kitchens - small-sized furniture options - are comfortable, and this is confirmed by numerous photos.
Even a small angle of the beveled ends of the kitchen set will give more space to the room.
In a small kitchen, the U-shaped layout is most often used when combining it with a dining room or living room. At the same time, the kitchen only needs space for the hostess, and the bar counter can complete the kitchen suite and at the same time separate the kitchen and living area.
U-shaped kitchen set fits perfectly into the interior of the combined small kitchen with living room
The second option is a U-shaped kitchen - when using a window sill as a continuation of the headset. At the same time, a small refrigerator, cabinets for food, kitchen utensils can be placed in the space under the window, and the window sill can be turned into a tabletop.
The combined and warmed balcony will allow to create on it an excellent working kitchen zone at a window
Ergonomics Corner Headset
As already mentioned, it is best to order a kitchen corner for individual sizes. Then you can achieve maximum ergonomics, ease of use. Here are some tips on how to make the corner kitchen as functional as possible without cluttering the space:
- Give up at least partially from traditional swing doors, especially in wide cabinets. You can replace them with a drop-down type coupe, or harmonica. The last option is convenient in the corner locker - it folds up twice, three times, without occupying precious kitchen space. Yes, and your knees will be more whole.
- For wall-mounted cabinets, select a vertically rising door-type door. Possible option for the type of blinds - safe and does not require additional space for opening.
Instead of wall cabinets, you can use stylish open corner shelves.
Filling kitchen cabinets
Do not occupy the entire wall space with cabinets for food, dishes - use rails. They are of different types - horizontal, vertical, angular. With their help, the space will appear visually free in the absence of closed cabinets, and the functionality will remain high. Yes, and they look modern and aesthetic.
In order to maximize the use of the internal space of the kitchen, corner small-sized headsets may not be large in size, it is important to make their internal contents well thought out.
- Place under the sink can take a retractable mesh design in the shape of the letter "P". As a rule, it is attached to the door and extends with it.
- Rotary carousel - a convenient accessory, often installed in the corner element of the headset. It consists of several semicircular shelves rotating around a fixed axis. In this case, you can use all the space of both the upper and lower corner cabinets, and when you open the door, all items are easily accessible - no need to reach into the far corner.
- Where wide boxes do not fit, you can install a bottle-holder - a narrow compartment for storing bottles, cans for bulk products, spices.
- A “magic corner” is a design that can hold more than a pivot carousel. Rectangular drawers, interconnected by a rotating mechanism, are attached with the front edge to the cabinet door. When the door is opened, the first basket is pulled out, followed by the second one. The mesh design makes all content visible. Such a structure withstands good loads - up to 15 kg of internal baskets, up to 7 kg - external. Smooth nominations of baskets are provided by closers.
Materials for the corner kitchen
For the kitchen, you can pick up a variety of materials, each has pros and cons. The kitchen of a small area is more often made out in modern styles - minimalism, modern, high-tech. Hence the preferences when choosing materials.
Natural wood is an expensive option, but is it up to you whether to order such a corner in a small-sized Khrushchev Khrushchev? Wooden furniture is often used to create a design in a classic style, but the small-sized kitchen does not correspond to the concepts of this style. In addition, wood requires careful handling.
MDF for furniture is represented by several options:
- Veneered MDF - visually no different from wood, durable, easy to clean. The corner kitchen from it will fit well into the small-sized kitchen, which can be seen in the presented photos.
- Glossy MDF with enamel, plastic, acrylic coating - often used in the manufacture of furniture for small-size kitchens and large-area kitchens. The resistance of the coating to mechanical stress, moisture resistance, a variety of color options made it the most popular option.
- MDF coated decorative film - the most affordable version of furniture that requires caution when using. Over time, the film may fly off, lose its appearance.
Metal, glass - durable materials that perfectly match the high-tech style. Minus - all pollution visible, plus - withstand mechanical stress, temperature drops, steam and moisture resistant.
Choosing a color for the kitchen
The choice of color is important for the design of the room, it is able not only to make the room attractive, but also to visually expand the space, so for a small-sized kitchen it is better to choose light shades both when decorating walls and furniture. Beige, white, gray, milky shades are the best options when creating a kitchen design for small apartments.
To make the kitchen not look “hospital-like”, choose bright glossy facades for a kitchen unit - they will add volume to a small kitchen. The tabletop can be chosen dark, in color suitable to the kitchen appliances - stove, microwave. In such achromatic version, light shades should prevail.
Well fit into the limited scope of the kitchen options similar to those shown in the photo:
- Angular small-sized kitchen sets of gray color with the built-in gas stove;
- The facades of light wood with a dark tabletop;
- Milky-colored furniture, combined with wenge-colored worktop;
- Light shades - beige, cream, countertop of artificial marble stone.
Tip! When creating bright designs of corner kitchens for small apartments (pictured), the stove and the hood can be the only dark element.
Important attention should be paid to the lighting of the small-sized kitchenette. If the dining area is not located in the room, it is better to give preference to the additional illumination of the hostess's desktop, giving up the bright general light. You can place the LED strip on the bottom line of the wall cabinets, install spotlights in the eaves, make the internal lighting of the cabinets.
If the kitchen is a dining area, you need to light it. In this case, in the small-sized kitchen would be appropriate suspended ceiling or turning spots on the rail system. They can be directed to the dining area, and illuminate the lockers and desk.
A small kitchen is not a sentence, any space can be made cozy, convenient for the hostess, so choosing a corner set for a small kitchen is the best option for ergonomic use of space. Bright colors of the walls and furniture will visually expand the space. And if you listen to the adherents of the Feng Shui teaching, smoothing the corner in the kitchen will create a favorable atmosphere in the family, settle peace and kindness in it.