How to get the best out of your tiny kitchen

If there's one thing I learned, it's that space is a luxury. My first rented apartment was a 32sqm in Milan and ever since I tried to maximize the space that I got in the best way possible. A few years and a fair number of apartments later I believe that I finally mastered the art of living with a ridiculously small kitchen.

How small? four square meters small. 

I truly enjoy cooking and having guests over for dinner and despite the limiting workspace I've been able to cook for up to 10+ guests. The trick is to be super organized and always have a clear plan in mind. I make a list of the dishes I want to prepare and prioritize tasks, in between them I will take 5 minutes to clean and tidy up. This has worked pretty well for me so far but there are many more adjustments I made to create a functional yet personal space.



Adding wall storage can save you lots of space! Try to take advantage of unused corners and add racks, utensil bars and shelves. There are tons of options and sizes at any hardware store, and you will surely find solutions that suit your space!

A big game changer in my kitchen was to use brackets to lift my toaster oven. 



Chopping boards are my best friends! Not only they're perfect for serving platters, but they can be very useful to create some extra space too.
Simply measure the size of your sink and get a board that is a couple of centimeters bigger. It's super practical when chopping food because you can throw the unusable parts in the sink and then get rid of all of them later. My favorites are bamboo boards they're very durable and easy to clean.



I like to keep some of my dry goods outside of the cabinets where I can see them and get inspired, that's when sealed jars come in handy. The jars are great for preserving the food (much better than half-opened boxes) and they also look nice and tidy.

I always add a little final touch with a Dymo label maker.



Good lighting is essential when the space is tight. Use LED strips and clamp lights to illuminate your kitchen top properly.



I'm in love with this Chinese bamboo ladder that I got at a street market. It has been really useful to hang all my tea towels. Another very simple and cheap idea is to use a clothes hanger to clip your recipe magazines and books so that you can always have them readily available.



These fridge magnet letters must be one of my favourite things in the apartment. Me and my husband often leave messages for each other there. My guests also appreciate them very much! They will always write something while I cook so at the end of the night I will find all the crazy and funny messages they left.
And lastly, hang framed pictures! Something that is inspiring or reminds you of a good time, you can't ever go wrong with that!


comments (15)

July 24, 2017 Reply

Great tips and beautiful photos! I love your blog aesthetic too. I've never seen those black magnetic vinyl letters before, what a cool idea!

    Valentina | ForeignRooftops
    July 31, 2017 Reply

    Thank you so much!!

August 23, 2017 Reply

This is so aesthetically pleasing!

    Valentina | ForeignRooftops
    August 26, 2017 Reply

    🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 😊

August 23, 2017 Reply

Nicely penned!!! Great pictures and very creative altogether

Venus Fitness-Shannon
August 23, 2017 Reply

beautiful photos! I love the crisp aesthetic of your page. I could use those black magnetic vinyl letters a very cool idea!

    Valentina | ForeignRooftops
    August 26, 2017 Reply

    Thank you Shannon! I'm glad you enjoyed my post!

Doctor Anni
August 24, 2017 Reply

I love the tips on making the most out of a small space! Your kitchen aesthetic is very pleasing!

August 24, 2017 Reply

awesome tips for designing a small kitchen. smart storage is key to so much!

August 24, 2017 Reply

Don't make me poison your food. Now that is a headline grabbing image

August 24, 2017 Reply

Beautiful pics and so much organised. Very nice. Your tips are very good.

August 24, 2017 Reply

Well, this is what it takes to get organized. Creating space has been a challenge for me throughout, and i love the way you've organized things.

Ashleya Nicole
August 24, 2017 Reply

Those jars are everything and so practical. I use glass jars in different sizes for everything.

    Valentina | ForeignRooftops
    August 26, 2017 Reply

    I know, me too! I have so many I don't even know what to do with them!

August 25, 2017 Reply

Great tips for a small kitchen, which I have.

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