Does the layout of your small kitchen seem a bit inefficient, but you're unable to expand it and make it any bigger? If so, there may be a way to utilize that small space in a better way. Follow these tips about how to remodel a small kitchen to make the most out of the limited space you have.

Optimize Your Storage

The biggest challenge you'll have in a small kitchen is storage. That's why you need to find ways to maximize the storage space that you have with innovative solutions. As much as you may love the look of a soffit above the kitchen cabinet, it may be best to have the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling to get an additional shelf in there. 

For your bottom cabinets, pull-out shelving can be a great way to gain full access to the back area that is often underutilized. Place magnetic strips along the top of your backsplash to hang utensils so you don't have a utensil holder on the counter. A wall-mounted pot rack can also keep those items out of your cabinets to use for other things you don't want to look at.

Use Space-Saving Appliances

A small kitchen means that you may not be able to use full-size appliances if it means gaining valuable space back in other ways. It may not make sense to use a smaller refrigerator in the space, but if you keep your essentials there with another refrigerator in the basement or garage, the smaller appliance can really work. Other space-saving appliances include drawer-style dishwashers, built-in cooktops, and even built-in blender bases so that they don't take up room on your counter. 

Utilize Reflective Surfaces

One way to make a small space feel bigger is with reflective surfaces. A mirrored backsplash can feel like the kitchen counter space is extended, which can make a galley kitchen feel more like a normal size. Adding glass cabinet doors can also make a narrow space feel wider, rather than closed in with solid surfaces. You may also want to consider surfaces that have a polished finish to reflect light.

Use A Movable Island

An island may be a much-desired aspect of a kitchen, but you simply do not have the room for it. Consider a movable island on wheels so that you can place it exactly where you need it for prep work. It will then be possible to move the island out of the kitchen at times, such as at parties where you are entertaining guests. 

Contact a local kitchen remodeling service to learn more.