Thursday, June 22, 2006

Small Kitchens Aren't Always a Bad Thing

Buyers who immediately disregard homes with small kitchens may be severely limiting their options. After all, small kitchens don’t have to be cramped; they can be comfortable and efficient. Here are some tips for making the most of the space from Tampa, Fla., interior designer Jay Tenuta, owner of La Bella Interiors.

1. Buy a 24-inch deep refrigerator instead of the standard 30-inch one.

2. Add glass-fronted door to cabinets. They create the image of greater space. If that's too expensive, open shelving is another alternative that will give an open, airy look.

3. A fold-out table provides a breakfast nook, then disappears when it isn’t needed.

4. Don't use the tops of your cabinets for decorative display when you can use them for storage. Affordable baskets and boxes are a perfect option.

5. Create an island on casters that wheels out of sight when it’s not needed.

6. Surf the Web for space-saving ideas. For example, provides kitchen planning ideas, storage containers, and furniture made specifically for small spaces.

Source: St. Petersburg Times, Elizabeth Bettendorf (05/26/2006)
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