Small apartment kitchens are laid out in an L or U designs, with the sink and counter along one wall (cupboards above and below), and a fridge at the end. The stove and work area may be on the end wall, creating an L, or opposite the sink forming a U. It may have three walls and an opening to a small dinning area or two walls and otherwise open. It doesn’t matter because either way there will still only be space for ONE table. The best choice is a round dining room table with extension leaves. More people can be seated at round tables and the absence of protruding corners is a plus for maneuverability. Three-wall kitchens will have a portion of one wall with no cupboards or appliances. That’s where a tall kitchen pantry cabinet goes. The key to a pantry isn’t how large it is but how well it’s organized. For $15 to $20, get a set of two Stor-Drawer wire baskets that glide, or the Pantry Roll-Out storage baskets that cost $12 and fit the smallest kitchen pantry cabinet designs. Shop at Organize It and eliminate clutter before it starts.
Two-wall kitchens are open to the dinning / living area so chose a round dining room table, a low buffet with shelves (placed between dinning area and living room) and a low kitchen pantry cabinet, separating the kitchen from everything else, like an island. Low jelly cabinets / kitchen utility carts with shelves and drawers accessible from both sides, are best. Above the cabinet / cart, place a hanging rack for pots, pans, utensils, stemware, wine – they cost $50 to $100 and will save space. Organize the open shelves with wire baskets, wheeled vegetable bins and add a pullout towel rack to the end of the kitchen pantry cabinet (jelly cabinet) or cart.
Small apartment kitchen essentials include:
1. a kitchen pantry cabinet/organizing baskets/ bins/ portable carts/ hanging racks
2. an adjacent round dining room table /a low narrow buffet with shelves