How to Make a Dream Kitchen in Only 48 Square Feet

How to Make a Dream Kitchen in Only 48 Square Feet

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Nancy Mitchell
Mar 16, 2015
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Could you cook in a kitchen that's barely larger than a closet? It may sound like a bit of a stretch, but this diminutive kitchen, created by designer Stephanie Stokes for her New York apartment, proves that with a little design savvy anything is possible.

Within the constraints of the kitchen's very small footprint (only 48 square feet!), the designer created a myriad of custom solutions. Pretty much everything — every pot, every pan, every plate — has a specific spot.

Pots and pans dangle from a pot rack in the center of the kitchen, and oft-used utensils hang on a rail on the side of the oven. A shallow 'cabinet' in front of the vent hood provides space for another rail for hanging kitchen tools, and also a spot for salt and pepper grinders (see, we told you there's a space for everything).

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Two slide-out cabinets on either side of the stove serve as the pantry. The trash can and recycling bin are located in similar cabinets on either side of the sink.

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Down below, drawers provide easy access to everything, including this impressive spice collection. Shelves on either side are the perfect size for cookbooks, cookie sheets, and cutting boards. The electric cooktop can also serve as a countertop when not in use.

It's hard not to be impressed with the efficiency of this tiny space: not a single square inch is wasted. Want to see more? You can read all about the kitchen (and see more photos) on House Beautiful.


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