Small kitchens are a fact of life in UK houses, but just because they’re small, it doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful and practical. Space-saving hacks and techniques can still make the most out of any kitchen space.

1. Think Like a Minimalist

If there are four people in your family, you only really need four plates, bowls and side plates in your kitchen, and this goes for mugs too. The extra plates and things can go in a cupboard in the living room or under the stairs. While this might sound odd, the advantages are huge. When you only have 16 pieces of tableware to store, you can stack them on top of one another on one single shelf. You will also cut down on the queue for the dishwasher, which takes up counter space. No bowl of cereal? Someone has to wash one.

2. Wall-Mounted Storage

Pots and pans can easily take up an enormous amount of cupboard space, but once you have reduced the number you need down to four, they can easily be hung up on wall-mounted hooks. S-hooks can also be used to hang kitchen tools near the stove, and don’t forget to install a magnetic knife rack.

3. Pullouts

A slim pullout cupboard can be tucked into the tightest of spaces and is the best way to keep tins and jars. No more reaching awkwardly to the back of the cupboard either, because even items at the back are now easily accessible.

4. Make Your Equipment Work Hard

If you find you’ve got more than one piece of equipment for each job, such as the fridge with a freezer compartment next to a second freezer, it’s time to start thing in terms of commercial refrigeration. Take a look at a site such as to see how the experts do it.

5. No Door or Add a Wall

Ironically, both removing the kitchen door and adding a wall are good ways to add space. If your kitchen/living room is completely open-plan, adding a wall on one side will give you space to hang shelves and hooks. If your small kitchen is completely cut off, taking the door out gives you the sensation of having more space to move around. The trick is to stay flexible and keep thinking outside the box.