Michigan Homeowners: Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas

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Turn your small kitchen into the favorite room in the house with these easy design tips.
Turn your small kitchen into the favorite room in the house with these easy design tips. (Shutterstock)

Are you unhappy with the function and style of your small kitchen? You’re not alone. Many Michigan homeowners are ready to turn their small kitchen area into a more functional family space. The good news is that even if you’re working with a small budget or have renovation restrictions, there are easy and smart ways to remodel your small kitchen and transform it into a beautiful space.

Use these six tips to update small kitchens and make them more functional:

1. Update Appliances

Updating appliances can make a big difference in the design of your kitchen. A popular choice for kitchen makeovers is stainless steel and energy-efficient appliances to create a feeling of unity. Built-in microwaves and ovens can make the most of the area you have and make the room seem less closed in and disorderly. As a special feature, consider a kitchen wine refrigerator to save counter space. Depending on the model, wine fridges can hold from 12 to 300 bottles of wine.

2. Maximize Counter Space

No matter the size of your kitchen, not having enough counter space can make it annoying and difficult to work in. When possible, cover as much space as you can with countertops. When updating counters, choose from granite, marble, or stainless steel if your budget allows. If you’re an avid cook, both granite and marble are ideal work surfaces. If you’re sticking to your budget, select laminate in colors and patterns that complement your kitchen decor.


For kitchen remodels, contact a HomeAdvisor professional in Michigan.

You can make the most of storage in a small kitchen by having as many cabinets and drawers as possible in the design. For efficiency, install deep cabinets to hold plates close to the dishwasher and place cabinets with slide-out drawers for pots and pans near the oven. For even greater functionality and organization, design your small kitchen with built-in storage compartments and sliding shelves.

4. Pull-Out Pantry

Your small kitchen may not have room for a closet pantry, but you can take advantage of pull-out pantries. Available in different sizes, roll-out pantries can fit into a space 18 inches wide and 5½ feet tall. Just pull the pantry out when you need it and roll it back in when not in use. Another pantry option is to convert a closet in another area of your home to hold infrequently used kitchen items, such as your best china and large pots.

5. Optimized Lighting

An affordable way to make a small kitchen look bigger and brighter is by using the right kind of lighting. Both recessed and track halogen lighting can make the space seem larger and more inviting.

6. Functional Sinks

Small sinks are impractical in the kitchen. Install a large sink so you can clean large pans and pots with ease. Large sinks can also double as a utility sink if you live in an apartment or smaller home.

Additional Small Kitchen Design Tips

Implement these tips to add even more appeal and efficiency to your small kitchen:

  • Install wire baskets on the inside of cabinets to hold those items you use infrequently, such as trash bags.
  • Install a hot water heater beside the sink in place of the sprayer or soap dispenser. You’ll be able to quickly make a cup of tea and keep the electric kettle off the counter.
  • Change the look of your kitchen in an instant by installing a tile backsplash on the wall above the counters, sink, and stove.
  • Replace cabinet and drawer pulls with creative and unique hardware. There are many affordable and interesting designs to choose from at your local hardware store.

Thinking about renovating your small kitchen? Call a HomeAdvisor kitchen remodeler in Michigan.

This Patch article is sponsored by HomeAdvisor.

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