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A small kitchen space with everything in its place

A great kitchen design is not only about choosing the right components for your kitchen, but also choosing the right placement for them. For a small kitchen design, ensuring the layout is right will give you a kitchen that’s a joy to be in – with everything in a logical place that works for you.


Small kitchen design by Jag Kitchens

Jag Kitchens will make designing your new kitchen hassle free – we’ll be beside you every step of the way, not only designing a kitchen to fit your space, but your budget too! Below we demonstrate the ways in which the Jag Kitchens Design Team can offer guidance throughout the process of designing a small kitchen layout that suits your lifestyle and budget.

Apart from the usual advice of making considered choices on colour scheme (light = space / dark = enclosed), ensuring work spaces are kept clean and benchtops and surfaces are kept uncluttered, the Jag Kitchens design team have 3 top tips that can help to ensure your small kitchen design is as open and airy as possible.

1. Consider layout of a small kitchen

The basic principle of a small kitchen ‘Work Zone’ is to divide the kitchen up into different areas, or “zones”, in which components and appliances are grouped together according to their use.

The first step in determining the work zones for your kitchen are to identify the functions and tasks you’ll be using your kitchen for. This is where your Jag Kitchens design consultant can really work their magic.

We use state of the art Computer Aided Design (CAD) software that enables our clients to see exactly what their kitchen will look like in 3D. The added bonus of this is that we also have our own manufacturing plant, which connects to this software.

Kitchen Layout by Jag Kitchens

2. Corners are an opportunity for great storage

Kitchen corner solutions are one of the biggest challenges in New Zealand kitchens. Our houses are often designed with a small, square kitchen space giving at least 2 corners in a “U” or “G” layout. The traditional corner solution is often inadequate, and results in a hard-to-reach corner where miscellaneous kitchen items become lost!

The Jag Kitchens design consultants can talk you through all the new options available for small kitchen cabinet ideas and storage, which ensures less time is spent crouching down straining your back, standing on rickety stools to reach up high, or looking for that lost cake tin in the back of the cupboard!

small kitchen lighting

3. Light it up to create space

The obvious in kitchen lighting are over-head lights in the ceiling that help to illuminate your kitchen space overall. But in-cabinet and under bench lighting can be particularly handy in creating the illusion of more space in a small kitchen design. Illuminating work zones, points of interest and cook tops not only help with the function of cooking and preparing meals, but also highlight focal points that could help to lighten the overall design.

You can check out some of our case studies, detailing kitchen make-overs in which our design team have helped clients to open up small kitchen spaces and utilise spaces that were previously redundant.

Or you can book an appointment to speak with one of the design team in the Jag Kitchens Showroom, to chat further about your needs and ideas for your small kitchen design space.