A small kitchen design is one of the key elements to consider when designing a small apartment and it’s most likely also the most challenging one. If you are not blessed with a large sociable space, however, you have no reason to fear, because a tiny kitchen can be just as amazing as a large one!

Below, I have listed the most inspiring small kitchen ideas offering different solutions for layout and planning depending on the type of space you have available in your studio apartment.

Storage opportunity is a key consideration for any kitchen design and it’s just as important as countertop space. Those two main functionalities are crucial elements to take into consideration in any kitchen design, yet you might want to pay extra attention when planning a kitchen on a tiny surface.

A tiny kitchen fitted in a small space

A niche or nook space in your apartment is great for fitting a small kitchen. This beautiful white kitchen with black countertops is finished off with white tiles on all the walls of the niche space, which is such a beautiful finish.

The textured walls create depth and add interest to awkward corners like his one. The open shelving on the wall ensures a lighter layout look, while a the same time offering extra storage spots.

  • A tiny white kitchen with black countertop, black hardware, black hood, white subway tiles with black grout, open shelving
  • A tiny white kitchen with black countertop, black hardware, black hood, white subway tiles with black grout, open shelving
  • A tiny white kitchen with black countertop, black hardware, black hood, white subway tiles with black grout, open shelving
  • A tiny white kitchen with black countertop, black hardware, black hood, white subway tiles with black grout, open shelving

via Historiska Hem

Work with open shelves for a light look

When you have many doors or windows to work with, you’re not left with a lot of wall space meaning you are in need of small space solutions, no matter how much square footage you have available. In this one-bedroom apartment, the kitchen module had to be fitted in between two doorways.

By using lower kitchen cabinets only and working with stainless steel open shelving on the top half, a light look was created that leaves this living and dining space feeling spacious.

  • A small kitchen fitted in between two doorways with light grey cabinets and stainless steel open shelving
  • A small kitchen fitted in between two doorways with light grey cabinets and stainless steel open shelving

via Innerstadsspecialisten

Create more counter space by wrapping the kitchen around a corner

Even though this kitchen is slightly larger and not exactly tiny, it does have easy-to-apply small kitchen ideas you want to keep in mind. By wrapping the kitchen layout around the corner, you provide more space for food preparation and for keeping appliances.

By selecting white cabinet fronts, countertops, and a white backsplash, the design will bounce light back into the room, creating the illusion of a bigger space. Since no upper cabinetry has been added to the layout, a light look is achieved for a larger space that is made cozy with the soft beige wall color on the walls.

  • A small white kitchen that wraps around the corner
  • A small white kitchen that wraps around the corner
  • A small white kitchen that wraps around the corner
  • A small white kitchen that wraps around the corner

Styled by Grey Deco, photographed by Anders Bergstedt for Alvhem

Extend your kitchen space into the hallway

Tighter spaces tend to benefit from custom-made solutions to maximize space and that’s exactly the approach you can see on display in this one-bedroom apartment.

By placing all cabinetry on one wall, more room is created for high cupboards that form a long row of storage that can be used for both kitchen and hallway purposes.

The all-white cabinets and countertops function as reflective surfaces for the daylight coming in, creating a bright kitchen that highlights the natural materials in the accessories, table, and flooring.

  • A white small kitchen with lots of storage extending into the hallway
  • A white small kitchen with lots of storage extending into the hallway
  • A white small kitchen with lots of storage extending into the hallway

via Historiska Hem

Interior designer trick: work with different materials

This little space underneath the roof has been used for a beautiful two-tone kitchen including the sink and stove. The walnut cabinet fronts are a focal point in the open space and are complemented with light grey upper cabinets for a light palette.

The larger cupboards on the other wall are placed next to the bedroom entry, optimizing the little space available in this attic home to the fullest.

  • A small two-tone kitchen with lots of storage space
  • A small two-tone kitchen with lots of storage space
  • A small two-tone kitchen with lots of storage space
  • A small two-tone kitchen with lots of storage space

Styled by Emma Fisher, photographed by Alen Cordic for Bjurfors 

A small kitchen fitted underneath a sloped ceiling

Attic spaces often require creative small kitchen ideas because not only do you have to overcome little space, but you also have a sloped ceiling to work underneath – such a challenge!

When designing a small kitchen underneath a sloped roof, you should always place higher cupboards where vertical space is available and place less used items in the more awkward spots.

This small kitchen is made in a light and natural color palette with grey countertops, which fits nicely with the rest of the space. I love the way the wooden spoons and the chopping board complement the light oak kitchen cabinets.

  • 14 Small kitchen ideas perfect for studio apartments
  • 14 Small kitchen ideas perfect for studio apartments
  • 14 Small kitchen ideas perfect for studio apartments

Styled by Nouvel Interior, photographed by Alen Cordic for Bjurfors

Work with lower and upper cabinets in a niche space

The floor space of this apartment has been used optimally by including the kitchen in the niche space. The niche is filled with both lower cabinets and wall cabinets for ample storage space.

Since the small kitchen fits inside the niche completely, a dining area with a small dining table and two chairs could be placed next to it, all in the same small space.

A small kitchen with grey cabinets fitted inside a niche spot

via Stadshem

Optimize access to appliances in a small kitchen

This narrow galley kitchen makes use of the niche spot available to create more space for moving around freely, yet in addition to this, the oven module has been placed towards the other side for easy access.

Rather than working with just a long and narrow format for the layout, all sides are used for functionality. Like this, you can make a smaller space work for you in an optimal way.

  • A small white kitchen with white cabinets
  • A small white kitchen with white cabinets
  • A small white kitchen with white cabinets
  • A small white kitchen with white cabinets
  • A small white kitchen with white cabinets

Styled by Van Keppel, photographed by Ozollapa for Historiska Hem

Extend the counter space into your living area with a small kitchen island

Countertop space is often an issue with small kitchen ideas, as the sink and stovetop will already take up a large portion of your counters.

By expanding your kitchen planning into the entire room, you create just the right amount of countertop space combined with an extra seating area for dining as well.

The kitchen walls are covered completely with white tile, which reflects the natural light coming from the window beautifully in this narrow space.

  • A small kitchen with a kitchen island that extends into the living area, white cabinets, white tiles on the wall
  • A small kitchen with a kitchen island that extends into the living area, white cabinets, white tiles on the wall
  • A small kitchen with a kitchen island that extends into the living area, white cabinets, white tiles on the wall

via Unika Hem

Replace cabinet doors with a curtain for a light and playful look

The large window in this compact space takes up a lot of kitchen space, yet you can always use the window sill as a surface to save space in a small kitchen.

By replacing the doors of the lower cabinets with a green linen curtain, the look of this small kitchen design is lighter and more playful.

  • A studio apartment with an olive green accent wall
  • A studio apartment with an olive green accent wall

via Stadshem

Enlarge a small kitchen by using the corner of your living space

Have a niche space available that’s too small? You can always extend the kitchen out of the borders of the niche and create a dynamic room layout with smart storage that makes use of the available space.

By placing the small kitchen in the corner of the room, the room layout is intact, resulting in a very natural flow in the floor plan.

  • A small kitchen built inside a niche space with open shelving, white cabinets
  • A small kitchen built inside a niche space with open shelving, white cabinets
  • A small kitchen built inside a niche space with open shelving, white cabinets
  • A small kitchen built inside a niche space with open shelving, white cabinets

Styled by Grey Deco, photographed by Janne Olander for Stadshem

Use the small kitchen layout as a separator

A U-shaped kitchen is ideal for when you have an open floor plan. This layout also functions as a separator between functional areas and you can use tiling and an open shelf as extra elements to help visually distinguish the kitchen from the rest of the space.

A U-shaped layout can also maximize storage since there are quite a bit of lower cabinets involved and you even have the opportunity to transform the other side of the kitchen into a breakfast bar.

  • A white kitchen in a dark grey living space with black countertops and subway tiles backsplash
  • A white kitchen in a dark grey living space with black countertops and subway tiles backsplash
  • A white kitchen in a dark grey living space with black countertops and subway tiles backsplash

via Sjöman Frisk

Combine the use of vertical space with open shelving

When you have tall ceilings, it’s great to include tall cupboards that extend up to the ceiling for extra storage space just like in this bright white kitchen with black countertops.

The floating shelves don’t make the layout appear too heavy and they are great for storing cooking utensils, small appliances, and spice jars.

  • A small kitchen with white cabinets, black countertops, black hardware, stainless steel hood
  • A small kitchen with white cabinets, black countertops, black hardware, stainless steel hood
  • A small kitchen with white cabinets, black countertops, black hardware, stainless steel hood

via Historiska Hem

Let the kitchen design come back in the hallway storage space

This compact kitchen has been extended into the hallway area of the apartment to maximize space. The open-plan layout uses light grey cabinet fronts and countertops on both walls, as small spaces tend to work nicely in a neutral palette.

Note that this small kitchen is fitted with a small stove top for only two pots, ensuring more countertop space is available for other items.

  • A small kitchen with grey cabinets that extends into the hallway
  • A small kitchen with grey cabinets that extends into the hallway

via Historiska Hem

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