We've written posts before dedicated to tiny kitchens, but this post is dedicated to a particular kind of tiny kitchen: the kind that only takes up one wall. It's a departure from the average —a U, galley shape, or even an L-shaped kitchen — and while it abandons the traditional wisdom of the work triangle, it does have certain advantages. Besides occupying limited space, the one wall kitchen, because it hugs the wall, is a good option to avoid breaking up an open floorplan comprising a kitchen, dining space, and living room. And the space that isn't occupied by extra cabinets is perfect for a dining table, or even a bar. Let's take a look.
Above: This kitchen, from Entrance, fits neatly along one wall of a trim kitchen/dining/living room, making space for a small dining table. All of the examples you'll see below are of dining tables at traditional heights, but if you love this look but are worried about counter space, you could opt for a counter-height dining table which doubles as a work space.
From the New York Times, here's a space that is, admittedly, not very small, but that shows the possibilities presented by a one-wall kitchen. This kitchen has a counter-height refrigerator (at right), concealed by a cabinet panel to give the kitchen a cohesive look.
This apartment from Decor Dots takes a similar approach to the refrigerator, matching its front to the cabinets so it blends neatly with the rest of the kitchen. Here, instead of open shelving, there are cabinets that take full advantage of the space's height by going all the way to the ceiling.
This one-wall kitchen from My Scandinavian Home eschews upper cabinets for an open, airy feel. (It's a nice look, but one that I would only recommend if you have a pantry elsewhere, or you just really don't keep a lot of stuff in your kitchen.)
This kitchen from Jessica Helgerson Interior Design also goes without upper cabinets (but the china hutch at left helps a bit).
At first glance, this two-toned one-wall kitchen from Fantastic Frank seems without a refrigerator, but it's actually cleverly concealed in a niche in the wall at right.
This one-wall kitchen, with a gorgeous exposed ceiling, is from a Florida beach cottage spotted on Domino.
In this Swedish apartment from Nooks, limiting the kitchen to one wall means the rest of the room feels spacious and open — and there's plenty of room for a dining table, too.
Have you ever had a kitchen like this? How did it work for you? Did you love it? Hate it? Share your thoughts in the comments!