When looking at brand new fitted kitchens in a catalogue or online, they’re all big and spacious. But what if you’ve only got a modest kitchen space to work with? You could find yourself gazing with lust and envy.

However, all is not lost. You can utilise space really well by incorporating a few of our small kitchen design ideas below, making your small kitchen both more stylish and more practical.

Thinking positively, a small kitchen space means a cheaper renovation and it’s going to cost a lot less to get a brand new fitted kitchen in your tiny space than a big room would inevitably cost to fill. Plus, with our expertise in maximising kitchen space, you’ll be well on your way to at least feeling as though you have lots of space.


First and foremost, you need to clear some space. Chances are you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff in your kitchen over the years and it’s time to be ruthless. It could be time for that novelty egg stand you never use and those souvenir tea towels to go. And let’s be honest, have you used that breadmaker since you got it last year?

The good news is you can actually make a bit of money by getting rid of your old stuff. Garage sales, online auction sites and car boot sales are all options when you’re looking to free up some space in your kitchen.

You could even consider giving your stuff to charity shops if you just want to free up space and aren’t bothered about getting some money back.

Increasing your Counter Space

If you’re having a new fitted kitchen, talk to us about increasing the counter space with a few simple ideas. Hinged counters that fold up when not in use are a great solution, while sink units that become chopping boards can also be a reality with the right fittings.

[Recommended reading: Tips for Maximising Space in a Small Kitchen]

Walls and Ceilings

Forget pictures, use that extra wall space for pot racks and extra shelving, you can even hang your pan rack from the ceiling to empty out an entire cupboard and use every bit of space you have.

Additional narrow shelves in even the smallest space can add lots of storage, and those unused corners can offer another space for extra shelving too.

Light those Dark Corners

Although this won’t actually give you any space, by using spotlights to light all the dark corners can at least make a room feel more bright and spacious. A single light on the ceiling can create lots of dark corners, but spotlights and under cupboard lights can combat this giving an impression of light and extra space.

A Moveable Feast

We’re not suggesting inviting Hemingway around for dinner, but his book title offers a little inspiration. If you want to dine in your kitchen but don’t really have the space, look at furniture that can be folded away – drop leaf tables, fold up bar stools and a moveable breakfast bar can offer loads of extra room, and they don’t need to be up all the time.

If you’re looking for extra counter space, then a butcher’s block or rolling cart can offer a ton of storage without being a fixed fitting!

Finally, talk to our team of professional kitchen fitters and let us know your budget. We we can offer our professional advice and ensure that you get a small, but spacious kitchen that will stand you in good stead for years to come.