The kitchen is the heart of a home, some would say. Memories are made there, laughs are shared, and there are probably more than a few stressful burnt dinners to be sure. For most people, their days will begin and end in the kitchen. So when it comes to tiny house living, cutting corners on the food prep space can lead to a miserable living experience down the road.
One obstacle that tiny homeowners will generally face, is the issue of tiny house kitchen storage. The seemingly endless amount of Tupperware containers, cooking pans, utensils, plates, and appliances can easily clutter a kitchen quickly if you aren’t careful. This problem is magnified in a tiny house. So in this article, we are going to talk about some common concerns that modern tiny living individuals may have, and how to get some great tiny house kitchen ideas flowing.
The first issue you may want to tackle is the issue of tiny house kitchen storage. What are the best methods for utilizing space in your tiny house kitchen? How big should the kitchen floor space be when planning your tiny house?
Let’s talk about it.
Tiny House Kitchen Overview
The average modern tiny house is between 200-500 square feet. This means that you will be working with very small space when designing your kitchen. The size of the tiny home kitchen will ultimately depend on you, and your personal preferences when planning your house. However, there are a few things you should take into consideration when planning the layout of your kitchen. Depending on the size of your tiny house floor plan, you will probably want to make the kitchen about 30-50 square feet. For bigger tiny houses (no pun intended), the kitchen could be up to 70 square feet, but you never want to go larger than this.
You won’t want to sacrifice walking space, in the name of storage solution. At a minimum, you will ideally want 3 feet of walking space between walls, and counters etc. This is due to the fact that you will want to be able to operate within the kitchen on your own tiny house comfortably and allow room for a second person to walk by and move as well if need be. Having too little ‘aisle’ space in your tiny house kitchen design ideas will make cooking and cleaning a nightmare.
What are the advantages of a tiny house kitchen?
Tiny houses are one of the new trends that has become very popular over the last few years. It has been quite popular to live in tiny houses. If you’re looking for a new home and want to buy a house that is small, then tiny houses may be the perfect choice for you.
There are several advantages to buying a tiny house. The first advantage is that it is inexpensive.
The second advantage is that it can help you save money in the long run because it can save on heating costs, maintenance costs, and many other expenses that are involved with living in a big house.
A third advantage is that it can give you freedom when you want to go out because there are no limitations when it comes to where you can go in your tiny house. You have freedom in your tiny house because there are no restrictions when it comes to where you can go.
A fourth advantage of buying a tiny house is that it is eco-friendly. A fifth advantage of buying a tiny house is that it is beautiful and elegant compared to other houses. A sixth advantage of buying a tiny house is that it is easy to maintain.
A seventh advantage of buying a tiny house is that it is easy to live in. An eighth advantage of buying a tiny house is that it is affordable.
Tiny House Kitchen Planning
Now that we have established a general idea of how much space should be allocated for a your small kitchen, it’s time to explore some tiny house kitchen ideas for decorating and storage. The general idea of a tiny house is to cut down on costs, and unnecessary clutter. Tiny house living is supposed to be simple, minimalist, and efficient. Because of this, the best way to plan for tiny house kitchen storage is to reduce the need for storage and cabinetry as much as possible.
You will want to keep your kitchen necessities to a minimum. Instead of having 5 frying pans of various sizes, perhaps reduce that count down to 1 or 2 at a maximum. Your appliances or gadgets should be multi-taskers wherever possible, to reduce the number of appliances and kitchen cabinets needed in general. For instance, instead of a single toaster, consider getting a toaster oven. They can cook a wider range of foods, and thus provide more value to your kitchen than a single task toaster would. These are just a couple of examples.
Tiny House Organization
When it comes to organizing your tiny house kitchen, you will have to get a bit more clever in terms of space utilization. Instead of relying on the cabinet and drawer space like a standard and large kitchen, you will want to start using your walls and cabinet doors as well. Anything that can hang, ideally should be hung. There are plenty of ways that you can store cooking pans, utensils, and even cutting boards and spices on the wall. Even the outside of the refrigerator door can be used for storage with the right diy storage equipment.
Never forget the power of wall space, if used properly it can be an amazing resource for storage opportunities for the home builders.
In addition to utilizing wall and door space, try thinking of the little things that take up space that can be compacted. For instance, table chairs which take up valuable living space.
Consider instead bench-style chairs and tables for your dining area that can be stored in a more compact way. This will cut down on space being taken up by items not in use.
You will be amazed at how much space is being taken up unnecessarily when you take the time to examine your kitchen space closely. A tiny house kitchen will force you to downsize in almost every way. So, when planning your tiny house kitchen storage and organization, to summarize, you should:
Take advantage of wall space and cabinet doors to hang any items that can be hung.
Minimize the use of uni-tasking appliances, and try to purchase appliances that can multitask.
Cut back on unnecessary items, such as excess cooking implements, large sink, full size refrigerator, three-burner cooktop, and overabundance stainless steel utensils. You can choose mini-fridge for your tiny home.
Whenever possible, try to plan for appliances and remodel kitchen furniture that can be folded/collapsed/stored away when not in use.
Tiny House Kitchen Storage Ideas
In keeping with the themes above, we should take the time to go over some ideas for tiny house kitchen appliances that will help you achieve maximum efficiency and cut down on space. The items in your kitchen that will take up the most storage space are your dishes and cooking implements. So the maximized storage efficiency of these items should be your first priority.
Keeping all of your cooking utilities contained within one area will go a long way towards achieving this ultimate goal of tiny house kitchen storage efficiency. For example, there are many different appliances that can be purchased that will condense your food preparation area into a more contained counter space. Having your cutting block, hanging pans, and shelf space all in one is a huge advantage. You can also consider investing in storage racks that double as drying racks that will allow you to store your dishes, and dry them at the same time. These sorts of clever and efficient storage devices will be able to multitask and create storage space at the same time, which is the ultimate goal of course.
Here you can watch an instruction video for assembling your new food preparation table. Easy as 1-2-3.
Another area of concern is the kitchen sink. In many cases, the sink such as large stainless steel sink or standard farmhouse sink can take up a lot of your valuable countertop space. While this may not be an issue in larger kitchens that have space to spare, in a tiny house kitchen this can be a setback. When you are planning the layout of your tiny kitchen, you would do well to consider going with a far more compact sink option that will allow you to still get the job done but reduce the area of countertop space that it consumes. After all, in a tiny house movement, many things will end up being smaller to match.
What can people eat in a tiny house?
Nutrition is one of the most important factors when living in a tiny house. A small amount of food goes a long way when you are limited in space.
For example, if you are on a limited diet, it may be best to stick with whole foods rather than processed foods that require packaging and storage. You can find lots of healthy recipes online that use whole foods as their main ingredients.
Some key considerations include the following:
Do not try to force yourself to eat unhealthy foods just because they are convenient or doesn’t take too much storage.
Be willing to make changes and try new things! Try new recipes from different sources or make your own from scratch instead of buying prepared foods from the store.
Let’s look at some of the most common ways people eat in a tiny house. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather a starting point for you to consider which foods you will need and how much of them you will need:
- Use a slow cooker A slow cooker is great for cooking small amounts of food because it doesn’t require a lot of energy to keep it warm. This means that the oven is not being used all the time and your energy bills are going down.
In addition, when you use one pot cooking, you do not have to wash multiple pots, pans, and dishes. It’s easier than ever before!
When using one pot cooking with rice or grains, it is recommended to follow the instructions on the package because they often contain information about cooking times that are different from what you might be used to (due to the smaller volume).
For example, if you like your rice very soft (softer than mushy), so you like longer cooking times for rice than some other people do (it usually takes between 40-60 minutes depending on what type of rice you are using).
- Use a rice cooker A rice cooker is a good option for cooking rice. This method takes less time than using a slow cooker or food steamer, but it will still save you some time when you need to make a quick meal for yourself or for guests.
In addition, you can cook different types of rice in different sized portions depending on how much you want to eat. If you don’t have a rice cooker, try to find one that has a steaming function that does not require turning the pot over when it is done cooking.
This is especially important if you have a very small kitchen and/or do not have enough counter space to set up your stove top steamer when needed. You can also use this method for cooking pasta and quinoa.
- Use the microwave There are lots of options for making microwaveable meals from scratch, but they all take extra time and energy since they require heating the food in the microwave oven rather than cooking it on the stove top.
The most common ways to make a microwaveable meal are with a rice cooker, crock pot, or pressure cooker.
These options will take less time than making them from scratch, and they will save you some energy (and therefore money) as well. If you are using a crock pot or pressure cooker, be sure to use recipes that have been developed for those types of cookers.
There are many kinds of slow cookers and rice cookers, so you may need to experiment with a few different ones before finding one that works well for you. You can also use a crock pot for cooking rice and other grains without needing to have a separate food steamer.
When planning your tiny house, the kitchen is ultimately going to be your greatest opportunity to be creative. The nature of kitchens is that they will require a large amount of storage space, and room to move and work at the same time. Unlike other rooms in the house like living room, where being stationary is common, kitchens require space to cook, prepare, and sometimes serve food. Because of that, you never want to skimp out on the movement space within your kitchen in the name of ‘going smaller’.
Planning your tiny house kitchen will really give you the chance to show off your creative side, and try out new and exciting ways to maximize efficiency. In the end, how you choose to best utilize the space in your kitchen is going to come down to personal preference. However, some things you should always keep in mind are:
Is there enough walking space to cook, and move comfortably?
Is there any space being wasted that could be used for storage?
Are any items in the kitchen taking up space that could be better suited for other things?
Does the kitchen have too many ‘uni-tasking’ tools that can be replaced by better multitasking tools?
These critical thinking points will go a long way towards helping you come up with clever, and inventive ways to maximize your limited space. Coming up with tiny house kitchen ideas isn’t easy, but in the end, the results can be something you are truly proud of.