Using Organization to Remodel Your Kitchen NYC
January 4, 2011
In New York City, apartments are often filled with small and peculiar spaces. Many kitchens, bathrooms, and apartments are oddly shaped and are smaller than we might desire. With kitchens especially, it’s very important to find a way to make the most of the space you have!
Tiny kitchens that are also cluttered give off the appearance of being even smaller than they actually are. Although clutter in a cramped kitchen may seem unavoidable, it isn’t. There are many techniques you can implement in your space to make it feel as big, organized, and functional as possible.
Though in city apartments the kitchen is often a gathering space, it can certainly be agreed by all that first and foremost, a kitchen must be functional. This means that kitchen appliances, cooking ware, flatware, and other cooking and serving implements must be available to the chef. The number one thing preventing a chef from easy access to his or her tools is organization. A remodel with an eye on organization will be the key to making your space functional once again.
To begin this process, take an inventory of everything you have. If your space is disorganized, it’s easy to lose track of useful items. Where has that potato masher gone? What about the vegetable steamer? Drag everything out of every cabinet, closet, or box you’ve been storing things in and get a grasp on what you have.
Next, it’s time to decide what type of remodel you want to implement. If new cabinetry is in order, speak to a contractor about what types of designs of cupboards and cabinets are available that might suit your needs the best. Giving all of your items and appliances a storage space that is within a cupboard or cabinet will give your kitchen a seamless look that will make it appear larger than it actually is.
For small city apartments, there are many specialty items that are frequently used to enhance a space and give it a larger look. For example, rather than having a cabinet that is one big box on the inside, many homeowners find it helpful to put multiple shelves within a cabinet, providing access to more items at once. Drawers are a good way to store items that would otherwise be all over the place, such as similar utensils or small tools. Custom cabinetry built with specific measurements in mind can help the accessibility of oddly shaped items such as spices, certain pans, or plates.
In a small space, minimalism is a popular way to go by way of décor. With a simple, cohesive color scheme, floor plan, and cabinetry layout, your kitchen will be easy to navigate and will be above all, functional. By paying a mindful eye to organization of all aspects of your kitchen – appearance and otherwise – you can make your space feel larger without knocking down any walls. A thoughtful plan and an attention to your specific needs is key to a successful remodel.