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 kitchen can lead to a miserable living experience down the road.
One obstacle that tiny house owners 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 tiny house owners 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 be when planning your tiny house?
Let’s talk about it.
Tiny House Kitchen Overview
The average tiny house is between 200-500 square feet. This means that you will be working with very limited space when designing your kitchen. The size of the 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, 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 added storage. 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 your kitchen 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 kitchen will make cooking and cleaning a nightmare.
Tiny House Kitchen Planning
Now that we have established a general idea of how much space should be allocated for a tiny house 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, and efficient. Because of this, the best way to plan for tiny house kitchen storage is to reduce the need for storage 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 should be multi-taskers wherever possible, to reduce the number of appliances 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 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 storage equipment.
Never forget the power of wall space, if used properly it can be an amazing resource for storage opportunities.
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 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 and utensils.
- Whenever possible, try to plan for appliances and 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 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 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, many things will end up being smaller to match.
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, 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.