One of the most frustrating things about living in a small apartment is dealing with a small kitchen. But every once in a while you run across a kitchen that makes the very most of its tiny footprint, and packs in all of the functionality of a much larger space. Case in point: this Swedish kitchen from Main Street Stockholm, which is both incredibly stylish and incredibly practical. Here are a few notable features that you might want to steal for your own space.
A shared island does double duty
The island (can it be called an island if it abuts a wall? I guess technically it's a peninsula) that separates this little kitchen from the living room is doing a lot of work. It's a creature of both worlds, providing kitchen storage, living room storage, kitchen workspace, and space to eat as well. The waterfall edge gives it a certain elegance, so it feels more like an elegant built-in and less like a kitchen encroaching into the living room.
The stove and sink switch places
In open kitchens like this one, it's typical to place the stove against the wall, and have the sink on the open peninsula, facing the main living area. Switching that up, in this particular case, keeps the extra prep space provided by the island right where you need it — around the stove. The back flange of the oven pokes up a bit from the countertop, but you could get an even more seamless look with a slide-in range, if you're willing to spend the extra money.
The range hood becomes a feature
A big thing that makes this switcheroo possible is the delicate ceiling-suspended range hood, which takes the range hood from an eyesore to be concealed by cabinetry to a positive feature in the space. This particular hood is an extractor hood and not a vent hood — you may have noticed that it lacks any kind of vent to the ceiling. This model is from IKEA and doesn't appear to be available in the States, but there are still a whole lot of very good-looking range hoods out there.
Petite appliances get the job done
Smaller appliances are worth considering for a smaller kitchen renovation. You can find stoves (even high-end ones) as narrow as 20 inches, and full-size refrigerators as narrow as 24 inches. In smaller kitchens where counter space is at a premium, you may find it's more than worth sacrificing a little space in the fridge to have a little more workspace.
Want to see more of this compact home? Check out the full tour at Main Street Stockholm.