Making a tiny family kitchen work

01 December 2015

Fashion and textiles tutor Berni’s 5m2 London kitchen gets a lot of use from five members of her family. Stylist Sam Grigg helped them add room and functionality with a few smart updates. ‘Adding wall storage and curtains instead of cupboard doors freed up space,’ says Sam, ‘while adding a work bench and a chopping board that fits over the sink doubled the worksurface.’ 

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Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage Add storage boxes and cork mats to awkward wall space for extra storage
Everything where you need it
Rails, hooks and a wall-mounted knife holder mean essential equipment is kept visible and at hand without taking up the worktop. It makes the space more efficient as several people can use the space at once. 
 
Make use of awkward spaces
Sam has used an overlooked strip of wall to Berni’s advantage, fixing small storage boxes and cork mats that work as pinboards, around existing pipework. 
Ingredients within sight
Find essentials at a glance with clear containers for everyday food – it means no more rummaging through half-empty boxes to find what you need.  
 
Set up a prep station
The work bench to prepare packed lunches or snacks makes morning and evening routines run smoothly. 
And with a step stool, even the children can help out.  
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Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen Try storing glassware and crockery in a cabinet outside the kitchen
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Store beyond the kitchen
If your cooking space is limited, try storing glassware and crockery in another room. ‘Adding a glass-fronted cabinet just outside the kitchen for plates and glasses has freed up valuable workspace,’ says Sam. ‘And now the cooking and dining areas feel more connected.’ 
 
Hang recycling in the hallway
Separate bags on wall hooks are a great solution in a narrow space. They keep floorspace free, and they’re small enough for anyone to carry out on their way. 
‘We couldn’t overhaul our kitchen space so we had to be creative with it. Cooking as a family is now easier and more fun’ 
 
Berni, fashion and textiles tutor, London
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Photography: Daniel Farmer  
Stylist: Sam Grigg