When designing your home and you have limited space, a clever strategy would be to annex the unused space to house a space-saving kitchen under the stairs. Creating a small kitchen that is functional can take some real design ingenuity. Adding the kitchen to the dead space under your staircase is no exception! Trying to make the kitchen fit under the stairs adds a whole new layer of complexity to the design scheme when laying outs its functions. You need to decide what goes under the lowest part of the stair tread and what part of the kitchen needs the coveted space with the most generous headroom.
Depending on space, the kitchen can be designed as a linear single wall of cabinets with all of the appliances fitting in. If there is more space, an island can be added across, even a rolling island if your kitchen is more compact and needs to be moved to create space when not in use. Fitting everything in can be a huge undertaking, so we have compiled numerous examples of how you can make your design work depending on the layout of your home. Here’s a roundup of kitchens that maximize below-stairs space.
Do you see a kitchen under the stair as a great way to squeeze into an underused space or do you see it as rendering the kitchen unusable? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!
For a small kitchen, it’s important to maximize the area you have. This 9×9-foot kitchen takes full advantage of its small square footage by using open shelving on once-bare walls, creating a nook under the home’s stairs to tuck the refrigerator into, and turning the refrigerator’s former corner location into a much-needed pantry.
The stairs in this East Harlem, New York townhouse take you from the kitchen to the library, but the tiled space underneath is the perfect cooking niche.
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Are you wanting to transform your small and compact kitchen into a dream kitchen but you’re unsure of where to start? We have presented to you several articles in the past on kitchen design, including Bright and colorful kitchen design inspirations, Gorgeous and inspirational kitchens, and Vintage chic kitchens from Marchi Cucine. The reality is, most of us are tight on space and although large and spacious kitchens are every chef’s dream, sometimes space constraints will not work with us to create these types of kitchens. Even though you may have a smaller space, that doesn’t mean that you cannot still create a beautiful kitchen. Ideally the kitchen work triangle would be a great guide in your kitchen, which is meant to create efficiency, yet if you have a single wall kitchen, it is impossible to achieve. Just be sure to pay close attention to each and every measurement when setting up your kitchen workspace— a few inches can make a big difference, especially in small kitchens.
In a small kitchen, the reality is skimpy counter space, a cramped work triangle and precious little space for appliances. If you are not ready, or willing to knock down walls to create more space for your kitchen, you can do the next best thing: create the impression of a larger space with a few strategic decorating tricks. The problem of creating a fabulous kitchen simply comes down to what you can fit and where. In order to create efficient kitchen design in a small kitchen, you need to work on three major areas: storage, lighting and appliances. Small kitchens may appear to be a design challenge, but they can also be functional, stunning and efficient. Have a look through our vast collection of small kitchen design ideas and prepare to be inspired to create your dream kitchen! Don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite. If you have renovated recently, we would love you to share your pictures with us on 1 Kindesign, you can submit them here.
Use smaller and more compact appliances. Appliance manufacturers offer more compact space-saving appliances to make small kitchen design easier, such as refrigerators that are 24 inches deep instead of 30 inches deep. Appliances such as microwaves can be hung underneath cabinets to save counter space.
Make use of the center of your kitchen. Create an island in the center of the kitchen that can provide storage that is also convenient from any spot in the kitchen.
Create the illusion of more space with lighting. Creating an illusion of space with under cabinet lighting or under the counter. With the proper type of lighting the kitchen can be made to appear larger and more pleasing.
Open shelving mounted on steel brackets support dishes and provide for light from above.
Use illusion. Make your kitchen appear longer with floor tiles placed on a diagonal.
Replace solid cabinet doors with glass ones. Glass fronts lighten the look of cabinetry and allow the eye to travel through to the back, which helps the kitchen seem more expansive. Just don’t clutter the interiors or you will defeat the purpose.
This stunning urban kitchen in Toronto, Ontario, is a cool Ikea design that transforms a kitchen into aesthetically pleasing yet functional design.
Flood the space with light. Whether your kitchen is done in pale colors or dark ones, light beaming in will help it feel as large as possible. Keep window treatments very simple, or eliminate them entirely, so as not to block the sun.
Storage really matters. Install deeper counters that can accommodate more appliances and increase work space.
Merge into a larger space. This breakfast nook feels like a natural extension of the cooking area.
Use a pullout cabinet. This pullout cabinet works great in small kitchens as a dual-purpose storage and chopping block that can be moved to the center of the kitchen and put away when not in use to save space.
Remove clutter. Don’t crowd counters, shelves and cabinets with clutter, which makes the space look as though it’s bursting at the seams. Instead, focus on a few standout items and necessities and hide the rest away.
Sometimes less is more. Reduce your clutter and create open shelving where you can display your plates and utensils.
Incorporate open shelving. Open shelves reduce visual weight and lend the illusion of a more expansive space. For an even sleeker look, choose floating shelves over models with brackets.
The galley kitchen. Using a galley kitchen design, the cabinets and appliances line up on either side of a corridor. This can works great for a small kitchen!
Paint cabinets the same color as the walls. Limiting the cabinetry and the wall color to a single hue erases visual boundaries that might stop the eye. The conventional school of thought is that pale colors will reflect light and make the space feel bigger, and that’s certainly a safe approach. But don’t be afraid to go dark, either. Deep tones such as black, navy, charcoal and chocolate recede visually and create the impression that the walls are farther back than they really are.
Direct the eye upward. Choose patterns and visual elements that help to guide the gaze toward the ceiling. The vertical lines of the wall and ceiling boards in this kitchen lend the impression of greater height.
Recess storage. Tuck a pantry, shelving or cabinets flush with the wall to keep from obstructing the kitchen’s flow. It’s fairly easy to retrofit a recessed niche, especially if you orient it between wall studs.
Choose furnishings with a small footprint. Select petite islands, slim chairs, streamlined stools and narrow tables that don’t eat up valuable floor space. Avoid chunky furniture legs or thick bases, which add visual bulk.
Design with clean lines. Big corbels, ornate cabinetry and fussy details can make a kitchen feel chopped up. Instead, keep the elements tailored and sleek to smooth out the look and create a roomier feel.
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We put this together this collection for you that we have found throughout our articles that displays some of the coolest kitchens around. With the kitchen being the social center of the home, it provides an area that brings family and friends together. It is one of the most difficult of rooms to organize, necessitating good judgment and planning to eradicate wasted energy and make the space a more enjoyable area to work and play. The environment should evoke yin energy by being sunny, cheerful and clean. There are numerous ways to design this space, if you are looking to remodel, the most important thing to start off with is making a list of the planned activities in this space and what you will need to make it efficient and well-planned. Be sure to have plenty of natural light for cooking and keep the space as open as possible, especially if you have multiple cooks so you are not running into each other. Take a look at the incredibly inspiring and unique designs and be sure to let us know which pictures most inspire you!
In this lovely neighborhood of Linnestaden, Sweden is an extremely attractive turn of the century 624 square feet (58 square meters) apartment. With high ceilings and four tall windows in the west position makes the residence feel far more spacious. The situation is excellent and the open space solutions are perfect for socializing and social interaction. With a brilliant sense of style and sophistication, the current owner created a home that looks cozy with well-appointed interiors. All finishes are painted and all renovations have been completed with regard to the last century. Beautifully preserved stucco, high foot bars, mirror doors. The floor is the room’s structural elements. It creates the perfect backdrop for the decor and forms a solid foundation for the comfort of all tasks. Long and wide plank floors provide large, clean surfaces and unbroken lines that leave an excellent impression.
The white glossed kitchen with stainless steel appliances features an open space solution that creates contact between the kitchen and living room. A large window overlooking the Sveagatan makes the kitchen bright and pleasant. Inset spot light, together with downlights provides a cozy illumination. In the renovation a wall between the kitchen and living room was removed to open the space up. The living room is bright and airy thanks to large windows and openness towards the kitchen window. The bedroom has been separated from the social areas of the home thanks to a beautiful mirror door. The airy bedroom offers plenty of space for a double bed, wardrobe, storage, and a small working corner. The roomy ceiling height gives an unbeatable feeling of space and the high window lets in plenty of natural light. This beautiful apartment home is listed for sale here.
Three high windows in the west give generously with light.
Next to the living room is the open kitchen.
The kitchen is multifunctional, incorporating a laundry area.
Bright airy bedroom with double bed.
Good storage opportunity behind sliding doors.
The bedroom has also a working corner.
A high window lets in afternoon sun.
Lavish bathroom entirely renovated with light grey stone and underfloor heating.
Welcoming hall with graphite grey stone.
View from the apartment of Skansberget and Sveagatan below.
This 320-square-foot garage conversion into a studio apartment has been designed by SHED Architecture & Design. This beautiful studio features a faceted ceiling to guide warm air to the triangular vent window for passive ventilation. Located in Seattle, Washington, space-saving strategies used throughout includes, a support beam that functions as a kitchen pot rack, and a bookshelf is tucked in the interior eaves. The studio was designed in order to gain additional income for the homeowners. There was also a workshop and storage area added in the new garage basement to serve the main house, as well as terraces, paths, and steps to the backyard.
The loft looks tight but cozy. Access is via a ladder opposite the closet.