Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Ideal for studio flats and compact living spaces, a kitchenette gives you all the benefits of a fully-fledged kitchen in a fraction of the space. Size notwithstanding, you can cook in style - with a sink, draining board, electric hob and fridge!
What elements does a kitchenette include?
Allowing for huge space savings, a kitchenette or all-in-one kitchen consists of several elements:
- a sink complete with draining board
- an electric hob with a range of hotplates
- a compact fridge
- storage space.
Some more sophisticated kitchenettes even have built-in worktops and ovens.
What size to go for?
While the vast majority of kitchenettes are 120cm wide x 60cm deep x 90cm tall, the dimensions can vary - giving you some flexibility depending on the room layout you're working to.
High models can be over 2m tall, and take up correspondingly less horizontal space. Some models have outer doors to hide the appliances when not in use.
Wide model kitchenettes more closely resemble full-scale kitchens; yet they can still be accommodated comfortably within about 120cm of horizontal space, making them a popular choice for smaller living spaces.
What other factors to consider?
This is always the first thing to think about when choosing a kitchenette.
For real space efficiency, a collapsible worktop that also serves as a dining table is a great choice.
For easy access to your built-in storage, sliding doors are a plus. These can have a variety of colours and finishes. White is the standard (and least expensive), but red, green etc. can also be had.
Size of storage space
This should be chosen according to the size and layout of your allotted kitchen area; bearing in mind that kitchenettes are generally a standard size (120 x 60 x 90cm).
Since a kitchenette combines a lot into a small space, including either a gas or electric supply for the hob, it's important to follow installation guidelines to ensure the safety of all users.
An aluminium frame will maximize the durability of your kitchenette. Reinforced metal at each corner adds to its overall robustness.
Learn more about kitchen design...
To find out more about kitchen design, follow our editors' advice and check out their other guides:
How to choose your kitchen sink?How to create an open-plan kitchen?How to choose your kitchen worktops?How to connect your washing machine?How to choose your fitted kitchen?How to give your kitchen a makeover?How to choose your kitchen sink accessories?How to furnish a small kitchen?
Guide written by:
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