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With the coronavirus pandemic forcing everyone to self-quarantine or practice social distancing, we’re spending more time at home. With more time in the kitchen, bathroom, and other areas, we are likely to notice problems, particularly spacing issues.

Nuenza Design Studio—formerly known as Cuisines Nuenza—has prepared a list of innovative ways to optimize on space when you have a small kitchen.

#1 – A Backsplash with Functionality

This idea originates from an upcycling mindset. When you have too much clutter on your counters, it’s time to head to the walls to make space. A stainless steel pegboard can act as a backsplash to protect your wall while giving you the ability to hang utensils and shelves.

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#2 – A Folding Dining Table

How many bruises do you have on your hips and legs from running into your oversized dining table? Replace it with a folding table that’s attached to the wall. It’s out of the way when not in use and provides more flow that perfectly complements a small kitchen. It can be used as a dining table, extra prep space, and a desk.

#3 – Cabinet Layouts

This will require you to really think about how you personally use your kitchen. If it’s U-shaped, it may be worth replacing some of your cabinets with ones that are half the size.This way, you can put taller items together without them falling over and making a mess. 

Additionally, think about how often you have to organize your cabinets. If you replace them with drawers, it’d be easier to gain access to items at the far back while keeping everything tidy.   

#4 – Unconventional Shelving

“Don’t cut corners” is sound advice for people optimizing on space. Corner shelving can be the answer to cleaner countertops. Stacked dishes and vertical objects, such as vases and canisters, can find a place on corner shelves while still looking tidy.

#5 – Seat Cabinets

A breakfast nook is more than aesthetically pleasing. If your kitchen has built-in seating or you’re thinking about putting it in, take advantage of the space underneath to store pantry items and cookware. 

#6 – Magnets

A knife block is bulky and takes up room. An alternative is a magnetic knife bar that will hold all of your essential metal tools out of the way in a professionally organized look. Just make sure to keep your electronic devices at a distance! 

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#7 – Baskets

Whether you store items on the top shelf or in your cabinets, they can fall down and break. Using wire baskets will keep your jars and bottles grouped together, making your search easier and your kitchen neater. Moreover, a wired basket lets you see all of the items from a distance, saving you a trip up the ladder.

#8 – Undersides

The space under shelves is often overlooked. You can attach hooks to hang tea cups with the rest of the dishware nearby. If you have mason jars on your counter, you can attach the lids to the underside of a shelf and screw in the jar. Voilà! You now have a clear counter! 

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Our team at Nuenza Design wishes you well during this troubling time. We are always here for you, ready with suggestions to make your space feel like home. Call us at (514) 400-2579, or fill out our online form.

Remember to wash your hands and stay safe!