How I Made the World's Tiniest, Most Awkward Kitchen Work - Small-Space Kitchens

How I Made the World's Tiniest, Most Awkward Kitchen Work - Small-Space Kitchens
From The Kitchn - October 12, 2017

When my husband and I saw our last apartment during an open house, we were beyond excited. Not only was it on one of the most charming streets in New York City, but it also had stairsinside the unit! The bedroom and bathroom were upstairs, and the living room and kitchen were downstairs.

The apartment was a totally charming, wacky triangle shapewe had never seen anything like it. (It was an old firehouse that had been converted to apartments!) We just had to live in it!

It was after we got the keys, when we went back to measure, that I spotted a huge deal-breaker. At least, it would have been a deal breaker if I had noticed it the first time we were there.

I knew the kitchen was on the small side. And even though I am a frequent cook, I was willing to overlook its size in order to have everything else the apartment offered. I was actually excited to be in a small kitchen because I thought it would make me a smarter cook.

That one deal-breaker, though? The oven door did not open all the way!

Remember when I said the apartment was a triangle? Well, the wall with the front door was angled in front of the oven and the freaking oven door could only be opened a third (a third!) of the way before hitting the wall.

There was a dishwasher under the sink, which opened all the way and made the whole thing even more maddening. The kitchen could not even hold that many dishes, so a dishwasher was totally unnecessary! If the dishwasher had been nixed from the plans and the oven had just been swapped with the sink, the door would have been able to open! Argh!

But those things did not happen, so I was forced to get creative in that kitchen.

How I Made the World's Most Awkward Kitchen Work

1. I edited my kitchen gear.

The oven issue aside, the kitchen had just a few cabinets. Before we even moved in, I went through everything we owned and gave the stuff a heavy edit. Duplicates and stuff I had not used in the last year got donated. Stuff that was sentimental but had no immediate use, well, that went into temporary storage at my parents' house. (Sorry, Mom and Dad!)

2. I stole counter space from my living room.

3. I changed what I was cooking.


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