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7 design ideas for small kitchens on a budget

Short on space and want to keep your spendings minimal? Here are seven design ideas for small kitchens on the cheap that mean you don’t have to compromise on style or functionality.

design ideas for small kitchens


Diminutive appliances

Downsize the dimensions of larger units like dishwashers, fridges and freezers to save space. That also goes for all your other gadgets and hand appliances such as kettles, toasters and bakeware because a lot of these small machines can quickly amount to a lot of clutter.


Triple up

If you have the space, an island can increase your surface and storage areas and serve as a dining place. Look out for mobile ones with hidden wheels so you can tuck it out of the way when it’s not required.

 design ideas for small kitchens

White cabinetry

Everyone knows you should use light colours in small spaces but have you thought about integrating your appliances into your cabinetry to maintain a sleek look? How about a reflective finish for your cabinetry and stainless steel appliances in compact kitchens that don’t see much daylight?


Reduce and re-use

When on a budget, charity shops and antique shops are your best friends. There’s a wealth of freestanding furniture out there just begging for a lick of fresh paint or varnish, ready for a new home in your new kitchen.


Create space with lighting

Lighting placed under cabinets can trick the eye into thinking there is more space than there really is, not to mention shed extra light when you’re preparing food.

design ideas for small kitchens 

Decorative illusions

Opting for patterns that direct the eye upward, such as vertical wall lines and ceiling boards, will create the impression of greater height.


Build upwards

In the same vein, when floor space is at a premium, broaden your storage options by stacking tasteful cabinets to maximise the vertical space.



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