How to Maximise Small Kitchen Space, According to the Experts

There has been a staggering 400% increase in Pinterest searches for small kitchen inspiration in the past month.

With over 128.1M views on TikTok for #smallkitchen, it’s no surprise that users are turning to social media for inspiration on how to maximise their kitchen space.

For small kitchen spaces, maximising functionality and efficiency is key. Tom Revill, co-founder and interior design expert at online home decor brand, Plank Hardware, shares the top do’s and don’ts when maximising your small kitchen space.


Remove upper wall cabinets and install open shelving

A popular trend in young homeowners is to remove upper wall cabinets altogether, opting for just floor runs. It reduces bulk and allows for more light to pass through the space. Open shelves can create a sense of openness and visually expand the space.

Add storage; hooks and rails to free up countertop space

Install extra shelves or storage units to clear countertops and create a more spacious kitchen. Hooks on walls or cabinet doors provide a convenient way to hang pots, pans and utensils, freeing up space and keeping frequently used items within reach. Rails on mounted walls or underneath cabinets with hooks can hold various kitchen items. You could also install a soap holder to free up countertop space.

Makeshift kitchen island 

If space permits, but the budget is tight, you may consider purchasing a makeshift kitchen island or breakfast bar with stalls – one that could even move on to future properties. For example, IKEA’s TORNVIKEN unit provides a great surface for food preparation or pulling up stalls to sit and eat meals.

Use light colours

Light-coloured walls, cabinets and countertops can create an illusion of a larger space. You can brighten your kitchen with ample lighting to make it more inviting.

Incorporate mirrors 

Mirrors can visually enlarge a small kitchen space by reflecting light and adding the illusion of depth. Consider adding a mirror backsplash or hanging a mirror on the wall.


Overcrowd countertops 

Avoid cluttering your countertops with unnecessary appliances or decorative items. By simply clearing the countertops, you will create more workspace and give the illusion of a larger kitchen.

Neglect vertical space

Take advantage of vertical space to create additional storage space and organisation solutions. Install hooks or rails on walls for hanging pots, pans and utensils, or use magnetic strips for knife storage.

Neglect proper lighting

Poor lighting can make a small kitchen feel smaller, more confined and gloomy. Ensure sufficient lighting for food preparation areas, such as over the hob, to create a bright and welcoming atmosphere.

Prioritise aesthetics over functionality 

Whilst you want to create a lovely-looking, welcoming space, you mustn’t prioritise aesthetics over functionality in a small kitchen. Consider the flow and ease of use when planning the layout, and choose practical solutions that make daily tasks more efficient.

Forget about negative space

Negative space refers to the empty space in your kitchen. Avoid filling every corner with appliances or accessories, as negative space can create visual balance and make the kitchen appear more spacious.

For more kitchen inspiration, visit the Plank Hardware website.