How to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen Space It's About Finding the Right Sized Appliances

You can still find the right appliances despite your kitchen's small size (iStock)

Home cooks often dream of large rambling kitchens filled with restaurant-quality equipment; six burner stoves; double ovens; industrial strength dishwashers that scrape the crud right off the pots; and sub-zero refrigerator freezers with hydroponic herb gardens built in.

Sadly, this fantasy is completely out of reach for the majority, particularly those of us with small one-person kitchens that can barely accommodate standard-sized appliances. But there are options out there for both budget-minded and space-limited folk.

Getting Around Size

The standard size for most kitchen appliances are as follows:

  • Ranges are 30 inches wide by 36 inches high by 25 inches deep.
  • Dishwashers are 24 inches wide by 24 inches deep by 35 inches high.
  • Refrigerators are 30 to 36 inches wide by 67 to 70 inches high by 29 to 30 inches deep.

However, many major brands offer models that will satisfy the most ardent cooking enthusiast while still fitting into a limited space.

For instance, Whirlpool makes an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator freezer that measures 28 inches wide, 67.4 inches high, and 31.6 inches deep. It features glass shelves, adjustable gallon door storage, and two humidity-controlled crispers. If your kitchen can accommodate it, LG makes a 32.8-inch wide fridge that features an ice and water dispenser, a four-compartment crisper system, and a smart cooling system designed to monitor and maintain conditions to keep food fresh.

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