Wrestling with a less than ideal rental kitchen? Here are 10 handy tips for making the most of your (lack of) space.
However, with a little kitchen-whispering, you can coax more usability from your space. Here are 10 quick + easy tips, ranging from storage to aesthetic, to set you on your way.
Line your shelves
This injects pops of colour + personality into your space – understated or brazen according to your taste.
Change up your cabinet handles
Go shopping for new hardware for your cabinet doors. It’s amazing what a difference this can make to the overall look of your kitchen. And there are plenty of cheerful-on-the-wallet options available.
Remove your cabinet doors altogether
So you can’t stand the sight of those bland pine panels or (worse) that wood veneer? Get handy with your screwdriver and remove them for a fresh open-cubby look. Don’t throw them away! You’ll need to attach them again before you leave but in the meantime clean-lined kitchen shelving is uber-chic.
Make-good the edging/cover the holes with wallpaper or adhesive covers (see above).
STARVED OF STORAGE?
Under-shelving is a common problem in rental kitchens.
Wire shelf inserts make a great way for increasing the space available. Hook them under your shelves, over your doors or stand them over your plates to maximise the useable space.
Consider a magnetic knife board to free up your counter space.
Add hooks to the insides of or beneath your cabinets. Ideal for teacups and mugs.
Think vertically – install a series of hooks on your ceiling or walls to utilise this hanging space. This is a visually impacting way to display your pots + pans for a rustic aesthetic.
One old-school lighting fixture in the middle of your kitchen is hardly ideal for julienning the carrots and lemongrass for your salmon fragrant broth. 😉
Increase the wattage
A wattage of 80 – 100w is recommended for the kitchen.
Add designated task lights above your counters. A couple of swing-arm lamps add vintage accents and increase your functionality ten-fold. You don’t need to hardwire these in necessarily – just ensure some care is taken to secure the cords out of the way.
Install LED ribbon lighting under your cabinetry
If you’re a little handy with a drill, LED downlights are to-die-for. I love mine. But I didn’t install them. I’m smart enough to realise that DIY with electricals is not for me.
If you’re the same, outsource the install or opt instead for stick-on battery-operated lights – you can buy them in most supermarkets.
La-voila! There you have it. Not too taxing on the grey matter we hope.
Happy renting! 😀
Featured images sourced L to R: agentlewoman.com, thekitchn.com, and planete-deco.fr.