First things first, a kitchenette is not intended to be a primary cooking space but rather a scaled-down version of one that contains a few basics of a fully-functional kitchen. In terms of design, it would typically include a sink, some storage space, a two-burner stove, and additional appliances like a kettle and microwave oven.
Now, a lot of people wonder why anyone would want to take up space in their home with a kitchenette when they’ve already got an actual kitchen that serves their purpose. Well, the more one learns about these little functional pantries and their uses, the more likely they are to change their minds on the whole concept of kitchenettes in interior design!
What are Kitchenettes Used For?
To answer that question, you should know that kitchenettes come in different forms and are designed as per the homeowner’s preference and intended usage. With that said, in smaller homes such as a studio apartment, kitchenettes serve as primary kitchens and hence, are designed to be fully-equipped spaces for cooking and preparing meals.
Other forms of kitchenettes and their intended uses include bars for entertaining guests, sculleries for doing dishes and the likes away from an open kitchen, and butler’s pantries for accommodating appliances and creating more shelf storage. Regardless of which form you are in favour of, a kitchenette can be designed in a way that it is hidden, or part of your primary kitchen.
Essentially, what you decide to do with a kitchenette in your home is entirely up to you; however, figuring that out before the designing process is important if you want to get the most use out of it. Whether you intend on using it as a smaller workstation with just the basics to make a quick meal, or a stylish bar area with glass shelves and the makings to entertain your guests, the purpose of your kitchenette will not go unfulfilled if designed accordingly.
How to Design a Kitchenette for Your Home
Like any interior design project, the way a kitchenette is designed depends on available space and the type of kitchenette you wish to create. For example, a freestanding kitchenette equipped with a sink, limited bench space, a hot plate, and overhead/under-bench storage can be built for a narrow space while a larger area can accommodate many more features including a dishwasher, a bar area, and a wider benchtop.
Now, let’s look at some key features of kitchenette designs.
As a secondary kitchen space, cooking and preparing meals may not be a top priority to consider when designing your kitchenette; however, a decent amount of bench space will come handy for those rare occasions when you do choose to cook here. Moreover, a wider benchtop allows you to do more with the space in terms of functionality and accenting decorative elements.
As we mentioned earlier, the overall design of a kitchenette is planned in accordance with its intended usage. Similarly, the inclusion of appliances will depend on the form, usage, and where you are going to incorporate it. For example, in a practical sense, a mini-refrigerator, kettle, and microwave are perfect for an upstairs kitchenette while including a toaster and coffee maker in a dining room kitchenette is ideal.
Overhead cabinets are essential in kitchen designs as well as kitchenettes that are in the form of a butler’s pantry, scullery, or serving as a secondary kitchen. For the storage space under the sink and benchtop, however, drawers are a much more practical and space-saving solution than cabinetry. They can be used to store utensils, packaged dry foods, small appliances, cutlery, and glassware. In terms of convenience, drawers trump cabinets in any kitchenette design!
Sink and Faucet
A single sink is usually all that a kitchenette design can accommodate unless you’ve got the space for a double sink. The latter option is typically favoured in sculleries along with a dishwasher and designated spaces for drying and storing utensils. The faucet design will depend on the style of other fittings present in your kitchenette design; however, it is a good idea to have a hot and cold water connection so that you don’t need to take up space with a kettle.
The tricky part with overhead cabinets is that creating more vertical storage depends on the height of the ceiling and, of course, how high you can stretch to retain items. Considering that most kitchenettes are freestanding in narrow spaces, ergonomic designs are hard to achieve without compromising on headspace. Your only option here is to include more under-bench drawers and to increase the depth of the overhead cabinetry for added space.
Who Will Build the Kitchenette?
It’s best to leave this project in the trusted hands of a reputable kitchen renovation company with experience in designing and building kitchenettes. At Kitchen & Stone, our expertise and hands-on experience promise a quality like no other in kitchenette design, manufacture, and installation.
We are dedicated to choosing premium quality over all else every time; this includes the hardware, materials, and appliances used for a designer kitchenette. Built to last, you can have a kitchenette that is held together with fittings from leading suppliers such as Blum and Hettich, and 10x sturdier than standard kitchenettes.
Along with quality craftsmanship and materials, Kitchen & Stone are made up of gifted designers with a knack for transforming even the smallest of spaces into a dream kitchenette! We will work closely with you to understand your vision for the space before turning it into an actual design that is brought to life by our team of professionals!