Kitchenette is the diminutive term for kitchen and that accurately suggests a smaller and more simplified version of a full-sized kitchen. Being so small, kitchenettes don’t include many of the typical appliances, don’t have a pantry and offer a limited amount of storage.
At the same time, their reduced size makes them suitable for spaces such as pool houses, cabins, micro houses, basements, etc. Even though kitchenettes are in many ways inferior to kitchens, that doesn’t mean they can’t be practical or look great. In fact, the following examples show you just how much potential these spaces have when you put your mind to it.
This kitchenette is so small that you can actually hide it and make it look like a big closet space. Like most kitchenettes, it doesn’t have room for anything more than a microwave oven, a sink and a small fridge so it’s only suited for preparing simple dishes or reheating meals. Check out more custom designs at gspgroup.
This kitchenette is also small and it doesn’t even have room for wall-mounted cabinets because of the vent and support beam. Even so, it partially makes up for that with a pair of open shelves which look very stylish against the white subway tiles. Under the counter there’s a mini fridge and additional storage. This is the design of Marcelle Guilbeau.
Speaking of kitchenettes with little storage, check out this stylish-looking one. It has a single shelf just above the backsplash and an open space at the bottom. That in a way gives more freedom and flexibility because you can store boxes and crates under there but at the same time can also create the impression of a cluttered and disorganized space. Check out the details on housetweaking and decide for yourself whether you approve this design or not.
A kitchenette might not be the best option for a family home or a permanent residence but is perfect for a holiday retreat or a guest house like the one featured on beneathmyheart. In fact, this one seems pretty well-equipped. It has lots of storage, a big farmhouse-style sink and a small fridge seamlessly built into the cabinetry.
Given the small size of a kitchenette, there’s rarely room for full-sized appliances in here. There’s usually only space for .a mini fridge and a microwave. In this case there’s also a mini hot place which actually makes a big difference, offering more freedom when it comes to the dishes which can actually be prepared in here. Another note-worthy detail is the fact that the microwave oven is attached to the bottom of the wall-mounted cabinet, freeing up some counter space.
As it turns out, a kitchenette, even a tiny one, can be really appreciated in a hotel suite. This is one of the kitchenette spaces at the Graham & Co hotel in New York. It’s very small but it’s also practical without taking up valuable space which is actually what the whole point was in this case. You can prep or cook easy meals and there’s storage for a few basics items too plus the design is rustic and quite charming. The wood gives this whole setup a warm and inviting vibe.
The key to designing a nice kitchenette is maximizing space-efficiency and that can be done in a lot of different ways. Built-in appliances or mini appliances can save quite a bit of space which can be used for storage instead. Interior design studio Casework also managed to make this kitchenette look well-organized which is not always easy to achieve when space is so limited.
We mentioned before that kitchenettes are very versatile but could you actually imagine it being a part of a bedroom for example? Although it is an unexpected and unusual scenario, such an all-in-one configuration can sometimes be practical and user-friendly. This particular setup is the work of the By Design Studio.
Kitchenettes are common in studio or efficiency type apartments. Studio Jenny Andre Designing shows here a nice way to make the kitchenette stand out and differentiate itself from the rest of the functions in a small open floor plan. It’s done through color which actually turns this little space into a focal point. The high ceiling is a nice plus in this particular case because it offers a bit of extra storage space on top of the cabinets.
A kitchenette as small as this one is obviously not the best place to get creative with your cooking. Considering that it lacks an island and quite a few basic appliances, it’s suited for making coffee in the morning, reheating a meal or preparing very simple dishes such as breakfast omelets. That, of course, doesn’t mean it’s not practical or useful. It just means it targets a specific type of space for a specific lifestyle or type of person.