The arrangement of a small kitchen is sometimes akin to an obstacle course. Three architects have played the 10 mistakes to avoid when setting up a small kitchen: follow the guide!

Mistake # 1: not thinking about your project

.. And go directly to buy furniture and appliances. “The smaller the kitchen, the more it is necessary to plan your project,” suggests Benjamin Godiniaux, DESA architect, from Atelier d ‘Architecture Benjamin Godiniaux, in particular, to rationalize each square meter as effectively as possible. The objective of this reflection is also to ‘manage to use as a priority standard furniture that is less expensive than custom-made items “.  

We must also show a certain realism. In a small space, you have to make choices, which necessarily requires a precise analysis of your needs, recalls Sara Camus Bouanha, interior designer. “You have to ask yourself the right questions: a single person may not need a dishwasher. Likewise, a two-burner hob can be perfectly sufficient if you are not cooking for a family.”

In this small kitchen, the architect Sara Camus Bouanha installed a two-burner hob, sufficient for a single person or a couple.

Mistake # 2: favoring household appliances to the detriment of storage

Be careful not to multiply the devices: there is no need to store a machine in a small kitchen that is only used twice a year. it is better to opt instead for household appliances that you use every day. 

“You should not plan to buy too many household appliances or too bulky appliances to the detriment of storage for kitchen utensils or food, continues Benjamin Godiniaux. If you have a window, you can do without a hood, for example. But we often forget to keep enough cupboards to store food. ”  

This small kitchen gives pride of place to storage and optimizes space management. Benjamin Godiniaux kitchen.

Mistake # 3: reducing circulation space too much .

.. And leave less than 60 cm in front of the worktop, warns Sara Camus Bouanha: “even if the kitchen is small, you have to rationalize and keep at least 80 cm in front of the worktop, to be able to move on one side to each other and cook in a comfortable way “. 

To do this, it may be interesting to seek the advice of an architect and to provide certain custom elements to arrange the space as closely as possible.

 Another advice is given this time by Benjamin Godiniaux: “For reasons of practicality, the high cupboards must be shallower than the low units (around 38 cm) and above all, there must be at least 55 cm of splashback between the work plan and the bottom of the high cupboards so that they can easily be opened and lowered “.  

For ease of use, you must be able to move from one side of the kitchen to the other. A distance of at least 80 cm should be left. Smart: the hob placed on the worktop is retractable. You put it away as soon as you have finished cooking, for a perfectly clear work surface. Installation Sara Camus Bouanha.

Mistake # 4: choosing free-standing household appliances ..

.. would be a mistake. In a small kitchen, discover what to buy integrated household appliances are clearly preferable, according to Benjamin Godiniaux: “admittedly a little more expensive, it is nevertheless more compact and saves space”. It is also a story of perspective, adds Lara Grand, interior designer of the company Ever Invest: “By covering the doors of the dishwasher or the oven with the same coating, we create an impression of unity and we increase the impression of space “.  

Everything is perfectly integrated here: the fridge is placed under the hob, the microwave is above in a cupboard. In addition, a single finish enlarges the space. Lara Grand layout.

Mistake #5: preferring closed storage columns to high and low storage

They are bulky and even if they make it possible to increase the storage space, they remain unsuitable in a small kitchen, according to Benjamin Godiniaux: “Closed storage columns are perfect in a large kitchen, but if there is a lack of space, remember that the columns reduce the surface of the worktop.

This is never good: you have to be able to store but also have room to display or cook your food “.  

In this small kitchen under the roof, the layout is made to measure. The mix between high and low elements allows to release a larger work plan. Benjamin Godiniaux kitchen.

Mistake #6: using too many matte surfaces

On the contrary, it is better to bet on lacquered or satin finishes which will catch the light and increase the feeling of space. 

And Lara Grand specifies: “not only do the lacquered surfaces provide a gain of light but they create a mirror effect, ideal in a small kitchen”.  

Focus on the light with the white lacquered furniture and the satin red splash back that create a beautiful mirror effect. Lara Grand layout.

Mistake # 7: choosing an unsuitable soil

Cement tiles are trendy and aesthetic, but they are also very fragile, reminds Sara Camus Bouanha: “in a kitchen, especially if it is small, we tend to trample a lot and the cement tiles will stain. over time.

A dark floor will also be much more suitable than a white floor that you will spend your time cleaning. Ideal, an ultra-easy maintenance tile especially in front of the cooking or washing part or a PVC imitation parquet.  

In this kitchen, two floors have been mixed: very practical and easy to maintain tiling in front of the cooking and washing part and a warm and aesthetic wood coating. Development Benjamin Godiniaux.

Mistake # 8: leaving an untapped angle

In a small kitchen, we don’t forget the angled parts, even if it means mixing standard elements and custom-made elements. “In order not to lose any space, it is also good to re-use the angles of the room,” notes Sara Camus Bouanha, by installing made-to-measure shelves or a piece of furniture in the corner. ”  

No space is left out: in the corner of the kitchen, we have installed a suitable sink. Opposite, the interior designer has planned a small additional work surface: cut at 30 cm, it also acts as a shelf and allows you to put your coffee maker. Installation Sara Camus Bouanha.

Mistake #9: neglecting the upper parts

The wall above the door can easily accommodate folding chairs horizontally, to store them when not in use. Likewise, you can mount a wall of shelves up to the ceiling, positioning dishes or utensils that you use less often at the top.  

In this small kitchen designed by Benjamin Godiniaux, all the upper parts of the room have shelves. Very practical when there is a shortage of space.

Mistake # 10: not segmenting space into different universes

One area, one function: in a small kitchen, the different worlds should be clearly identified. In fact, the more distinct zones are delimited in a small space, the more one gives an impression of grandeur to the room.  

Washing universe, cooking universe .. The spaces are clearly delimited. The interior designer also chose to create a coffee corner with the coffee maker and dedicated shelves. Lara Grand layout.


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