Contemporary lifestyles insist upon conserving space, especially if you are living in the city. When accommodation comes at a premium, it makes sense to invest in some savvy space-conserving methods and if you can somehow save upon kitchen space, it is almost like miracle. In this discussion, we present some easier ways of creating hidden kitchens.
What are ‘hidden kitchens’?
We believe the term is slightly misleading. It creates a misconception of very small kitchens in space-starved apartments or bachelors who are averse to spending long hours in the kitchen. Hidden does not refer to hiding a kitchen. This is more of camouflaging, concealing, and smarter space planning to get more work done in a limited space. Concealed kitchen spaces are tucked away behind doors or blended into the living room inconspicuously—a hidden kitchen essentially means that you don’t have a regular, demarcated kitchen space.
The benefits are immediately visible!
You can free-up more space and don’t need to maintain conventional kitchen countertops. However, creating a concealed kitchen is not easy. You cannot expect every neighborhood décor specialist to understand this challenging kitchen designing method. Creating single walled kitchens without sinks, islands or extensive rows of cabinets takes a lot of planning and you cannot afford to compromise the efficiency of the cooking area. We have taken the onus of explaining to you how to go about creating a smartly camouflaged, space-saving kitchen that gives you all the functionalities of a regular kitchen.
Reasons to Opt for Hidden Kitchens You Might Not Realize
We have often heard people complaining about too much traffic in the kitchen area—a problem that creates more problems when the kitchen and living areas fuse into each other. The kitchen becomes crowded and dining gets sprawled across the main room, turning things messy. This is why some people prefer Open & Shut kitchen styles where the kitchen can be comprehensively closed away after use. Here, the reason to conceal the kitchen is to manage its accessibility and demarcate its extent.
Practical Concealed Kitchen Ideas: Wardrobe-styled Kitchens
These minimalist kitchens can be easily hidden behind full-length doors. When closed, the kitchen is literally impossible to find. The doors can be used as a canvas for displaying some art or just complement the existing décor. The doors either fold or slide, much like wardrobe doors, and can be installed in a combination of vertical and horizontal doors. Some homeowners have used this inspiration to closet their entire kitchen leaving merely the dining area. The choice of doors can make a major difference here. You can choose breezy, slatted doors or those that mimic the opposing walls to create visual symmetry. Innovation in this niche includes electronic panel doors that are easy to close and open by merely pushing a button. Some homeowners are very particular about the aesthetics of their living space despite the space-crunch. In such scenarios, you might find kitchen units neatly folded behind easy-to-fold doors in a finishing that camouflages them with the wall paneling—all this effort in a one-bedroom apartment!
Kitchen Replacements to Create Concealed Kitchens
We believe this is the most critical part of the discussion. Some folks interpret hidden kitchens as doing away with conventional kitchen areas. This is not always the case. If you can create smarter kitchen surface replacements, it becomes easier to create a small, concealed kitchen. For instance, using corner spaces is paramount to create sufficient countertops for eating and kitchen-related areas without accessing the actual kitchen space. You don’t need to get too creative. Some smart DIY or a small professional project can help you install small tables around the corners where preferred snacking items and such essentials can be kept. Combined with some diffused lighting, these corners add to the overall décor and eradicate the need for a conventional kitchen island. Add some vintage pendant lighting and a couple of dining chairs and you have created a sit and eat space without the need for a typical kitchen.
You might want to read about our earlier discussion on Kitchen Banquettes for creating more eating and basic and food prep areas.
Smarter Kitchen Appliances to Create Concealed Kitchens
Yes, creating concealed kitchens needs some technology also. Obviously, with a smaller, compact kitchen you cannot afford to have full-sized kitchen appliances. We are not asking you to invest in high-tech kitchen goodies that carry a serious sticker price. However, hidden sinks are easy to do. Any experienced home décor specialist should be able to install these. Similarly, smart shelves, where the cutting board can be easily slid out, are easy to install. Try to think of stand-alone cabinets as a waste of space. Every cabinet should house something, from a dishwasher to your tons of storage space or even a small fridge or oven. We have seen interior designers come up with very functional kitchen islands that include a small sink. No need to fear, creating concealed kitchens does not mean doing away with appliances completely!