12 great small kitchen designs

Whether you live in a small apartment or a tiny house, there’s lot of great kitchen options out there. Check out these 12 cool kitchen designs.



The kitchen “Board,” designed for Snaidero by Pietro Arosio, is substantial, compact and aesthetically light without taking anything away from functionality and ergonomics. The fully-equipped workstation takes preparation, cooking and washing in its stride. Available in two different sizes (90 and 120 cm), it is a smart, space-saving solution which effectively addresses the basic demands of home living. Board manages to be fully operational in just a few centimetres, incorporating a hob and a sizeable two-tub sink area. Furthermore, a convenient snack top is situated at the end of the unit where you can sit down to breakfast or enjoy a quick snack, while a waste bin has been set into the block to allow you to dispose of organic waste as you prepare food. More info here



“The Complete Kitchenette” from Culshaw Bell is a stylish and compact piece of free standing kitchen furniture. This bespoke free standing cupboard is an inspiring solution for homes, apartments, studios, offices etc. Made in natural oak and hand painted. Including integrated sink, taps, microwave, fridge, induction hob and granite worktop. For more information visit Culshaw Bell

tennessee-tiny-house-2 tennessee-tiny-house-1You find this small but efficient kitchen in Mendy’s tiny house that was designed and build by Tennessee Tiny Homes. The all white interior makes the kitchen seem bigger than it actually is. The chopping boards that cover the sink and the hot plates create additional counter space. Photo: Butch Boyd. For more info visit Tennessee Tiny Homes


This Italian hideaway kitchen from John Strand is just over 1.7 metre wide but offers a larger preparation area and ample storage which can be discretely hidden behind the sleek bi-fold doors. More info here 


Akurum kitchen with Applåd white doors and Ståt Applåd white drawers from Ikea. The shelving unit on the left is “Hyllis,” also from Ikea.


The Minikitchen is a re-issue of Joe Colombo s celebrated 1963 design by Boffi. The kitchen comes in the form of a large trolley with kitchen functions: hob unit, mini-refrigerator, drawer, storage compartments, small cutlery drawers, sockets for small electrical appliances, big chopping board and pull-out worktop. Induction hotplate in ceramic glass with touch control. 50 lt. mini-refrigerator. Chopping board in solid teak. 360° swivelling castors with two block brakes. More info here


The Circle®‘ Kitchen is an innovative high-tech compact kitchen concept. The 180° revolving functional kitchen design features all the characteristics of a traditional kitchen with an incredibly low demand on overall space, less than 1.8 square metres. The revolving concept offers intelligent kitchen comfort compressed into the smallest space but with a storage capacity equivalent to 12 cupboards and a bench top length of approx. 3000 mm, equipped with refrigerator, dishwasher, ceramic hob, oven with microwave, range hood, sink and waste bin as a conventional kitchen. This kitchen creation can be placed anywhere in the room, also space saving centrically in between walls and in angled corners or recesses and it can be harmoniously integrated with other key living spaces. More info here


Now you see it, now you don’t! Miniki is the solution to an old problem. In small apartments where the kitchen and lounge are often one room, there is a need for the kitchen to disappear after use. Miniki is the first kitchen system that transforms into an elevated sideboard after use. Three different basic modules are available (mk1, mk2, mk3) to match all individual requirements. These modules can be combined to suit all tastes and so provide the perfect kitchen for all purposes. There are kitchens for all requirements – from the mini-kitchen with just one sink and some storage room for small offices to kitchenettes with, for instance, a fridge and two cooking zones, or a fully equipped eat-in kitchen with the full range of functions. More info here

This customized and compact kitchen created by Designers Gut Gut packs a lot of storage in minimal space. By hanging the pots and pans on the wall you save cupboard space. A shelving unit adds additional storage.

The Pedini DUNE curved island kitchen has a wonderful organic quality about it, and you don’t have to place this kitchen up against a wall. DUNE is defined by asymmetrically curved base units echoing flowing forms found in nature. No handles, opening is achieved by a groove on the edge of the extra thick 23mm front panel (base units). More info here  

The funky red kitchen “Respekta” has a lot of features like built-in microwave and refrigerator. More info here.
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The Kitchoo K2 kitchen is a new elegant interpretation of the kitchen cabinet. The kitchen has a discreet look that’s perfect for an open layout apartment. More info here  


    1. Home Interior Design October 25, 2013 at 4:58 am

      I like the second one. Looks practical for the kind of cooking I do.

    2. Mark April 21, 2014 at 2:46 am

      Fantastic selection. How great is the kitchen in a cupboard by Culshaw Bell?! Do you know if they have a stockist/ distributor in Australia? Cheers, Mark

    3. Small Kitchen Design May 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      wow i love this kitchen design … thanks so much

    4. Taylor June 14, 2014 at 12:12 am

      I follow this site frequently and thought everyone would enjoy learning about GE + FirstBuild’s “Micro-Kitchen Challenge”. They are taking submissions now to help design a better kitchen for all the tiny apartements! http://bit.ly/microkitchen

    5. Amanda October 1, 2014 at 3:46 am

      I LOVE the second idea!! I think that looks so cute and would be great for a down stairs kitchen! I think I would be worried about the plates breaking though with the doors being about to shut. If you were to close them too hard, you may shatter everything!

    6. Catherine Crandall February 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      I really like every kitchen design in the photos, especially the mini kitchen design. Even though it’s just a mini kitchen it provides all the basic need of a kitchen you need in cooking. Thank you for sharing this.

    7. Ann Fisher February 9, 2016 at 2:58 am

      Great Ideas!

    8. Fedora Brightholme February 26, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Love the storage space solutions!The kitchen at my new place is very small and I definitely need to find the best storage solution for my needs. Your suggestions are great and some seem to fit perfectly in my place. Thank you for the inspiration!

    9. Sallie50 January 25, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Need more modular ideas including compact dishwasher. Please keep them coming. Preparing to build a granny apartment.


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