6 Design Ideas for Small HDB Kitchens

We all dream about having a huge, open, and luxurious kitchen. These dream spaces are usually featured in TV shows and movies – they always have gorgeous quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a large, functional island.

luxurious kitchen with countertop

Unfortunately, we can’t all afford the kitchen of our dreams. In Singapore, you are looking at $13,748 per metre in the real estate market. That means our kitchen dreams need to scale down to size. The kitchen in our HDB flats are not known for their luxurious sizes.

However, small kitchens aren’t automatically bad kitchens. With some ingenuity and smart interior design, you can transform any part of your home.

Check out these excellent small kitchen ideas to see how you can revamp your kitchen and make the best out of the space you have.

1. Get a Multi-Purpose Kitchen Cart

It’s practically a national pastime to complain about how small our HDB flats are. But say what you will, scarcity does compel us to become more creative and resourceful.

It offers you the mobility that a kitchen island does not. It also takes up less space. And, if you get one with a dining surface, you can use it as a dining table too. You can even get a few matching stools to complete the look.

2. Get Creative with Counter Space

Of course, one of the most common complaints from those with a small kitchen is the lack of counter space. After all, how can you possibly throw a dinner party for your best mates when you have to do all your prep work over your stove?

Thankfully, clever designers have invented tons of ways to deal with this issue. One of them is to look for a cutting board designed to fit over your stove or sink.

If you need more space than that, the best option is, again, to purchase a kitchen cart. Not only can you use the top for dining, but it makes a great counter space!

3. Hide in Plain Sight

Most people look at a small kitchen and wonder how they’ll ever fit all their cookware in there, but this problem is actually one of the easiest to solve.

Who needs storage space when hanging racks are perfect for pots and pans? Hanging your pots and pans keeps your cabinets free of clutter while creating visual interest. Consider installing a rod over a space for hanging containers. You can find these in many styles. Then, just add your utensils!

4. More Drawer Space

Some people don’t enjoy seeing their cookware and utensils hanging out in the open. Their brains process this as clutter.

Instead, find some nice storage boxes that blend in with the surroundings and store your items in those. You can even label them to improve organisation.

5. Install Mood Lighting

kitchen with mood lighting

Your HDB kitchen might be small, but with the right lighting, you can make it feel more spacious and comfortable. This flat in Anchorvale Crescrent has a really small kitchen but the use of lighting makes it feel more spacious than it actually is.

You also want to be able to adjust the light accordingly depending on how much natural light you’re getting and the activity. You want really bright lights when chopping onions but might go for something more intimate when having dinner.

6. Build a Bar Counter

Small kitchen bar counter

(Credit: Interiors ID Pte Ltd)

While this may require a bit more investment than our other suggestions, a bar counter or breakfast bar is a great way to make your kitchen feel more spacious and airy.

breakfast bar counter with quartz

(Credit: Team Interior)

It makes for a great spot for casual dining and also improves interaction within the home. You can cook while having your guests hang around the counter. Enjoy drinks and each other’s company while you’re cooking, rather than slaving away alone in the kitchen while they wait awkwardly outside.

More Ideas for Small Kitchens

With these six ideas for small kitchens, you’re ready to transform your cooking space into a room even Martha Stewart would envy.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to take a few tips from the professionals. Contact Aurastone to see how we can help you jazz up your kitchen with high-quality quartz kitchen countertops!

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