The Differences Between A Kitchen And A Kitchenette

You’ve probably come across these two terms when you were apartment hunting or perhaps a friend mentioned it. Some places have a kitchen and everyone known what that is but some have a kitchenette and that’s where the confusion starts. What differentiates the two?


A kitchen, as everyone knows, is a room fully equipped with all the cooking facilities necessary. It’s where you prep and cook everything.

The kitchenette, on the other hand, is a much smaller area. There’s not enough space for all the cooking equipment so a kitchenette usually only features a stove and a microwave.


The kitchen is the room of the house that best represents you as a person. You get to outfit it with all the features you like and you get to choose any style you prefer. Since kitchen can vary in size, you get to customize it in whatever way you want.

In the case of a kitchenette, on the other hand, there’s not a lot of room for creativity and flexibility. There’s very little space to work with so the design usually has to be mostly practical and style becomes a secondary priority.

A kitchen is better organized than a kitchenette. It can include a pantry and lots of storage space in general in the form of cabinets, shelves, etc.

Kitchenettes, being so small, encourage you to make the most of the space so they’re usually very practical and functional. And it’s because they occupy so little space that can be easily added to a pool house, basement, etc.


Since there’s not of space to work with in a kitchenette, you can’t have all the appliances you might want. Full-size appliances are almost never a part of a kitchenette’s design. Usually they include a microwave, a small fridge and freezer and a hot plate. It’s enough to prepare a few quick and simple dishes but if you want to impress with your cooking skills this is not the place to do it.

A standard kitchen is almost always equipped with a stove top, a sink, a dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and several other electric appliances. Even small kitchens get to include all these things. Built-in appliances are a great way to save space.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on January 12th, 2011


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