If you live in a compact space, you learn to make each square meter of your condo do more, especially the utilitarian areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Interior designer John Vigilia gives you advice on how you can have a one-wall kitchen that doesn’t fall short on function despite its size.
1. Put the overhead cabinets as high as possible.
This can help in avoiding visual heft, so your one-wall kitchen won’t look cramped or heavy on the eye. “Put rarely used items on the topmost [cabinet]. Also, under the overhead cabinets, smaller shelves or hooks can be added to hold an array of kitchen equipment,” advises John. Keep a stepladder in your condo so you won’t have trouble reaching the high, overhead cabinets. Put a cabinet under the sink as well, so you have space to store more items like rags, dishwashing liquid, and other cleaning supplies.
2. Choose appliances that suit your lifestyle.
“If reheating is what is mostly done by the [homeowner], smaller appliances would suffice,” says John. A single-burner induction cooker, a microwave oven, and a rice cooker can be enough if you live solo or with a partner. Ditch the blender if you rarely make smoothies. “Same goes for kitchen gadgets that look nice or are on sale but you really wouldn’t be using,” adds John.
3. Consider having foldable or pullout counters installed.
If you have the time and the budget, you can have foldable or pullout counters custom-made for your kitchen. This saves space while allowing you to have additional counter space when needed. You can check out Hyperspace for this type of service.
4. Plan your grocery list wisely.
Because storage space is limited in a one-wall kitchen, avoid stocking items that would be untouched for a long time. “Buy food that would be consumed in a timely matter, as [a] large stock of food items would take up storage space,” says John. Store food items and ingredients on shelves and cabinets to keep your kitchen counter clean and ready for use.
5. Learn the art of stacking and hanging.
“Stackable storage sets [are great] space savers,” says John. You can find this in home sections of department stores or in storage specialist stores like Make Room & More, which has branches in Glorietta, Bonifacio High Street, and Ayala Fairview Terraces. You can also store ingredients, spices, and dry food items like pasta in clear, airtight containers so they would look easy on the eye. For your pots and pans, you can hang them on pot racks mounted on the ceiling or on the wall so they wouldn’t have to take up counter or cabinet space. You can buy ceiling pot racks on Lazada.
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