Your kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. It’s the place where you linger over a charcuterie board with friends or gather for a drink with family. In a studio apartment, your setup may be small, but a smart and streamlined kitchen design will ensure your space is maximized and functional for all your cooking and entertaining needs.
At Oasis Kitchens, our professional kitchen designers work with you to design and build a kitchen that fits your home and needs. If you’re not sure how to start planning a kitchen remodel for your studio apartment, check out some of our design suggestions below before booking a complimentary consultation call with one of our designers!
Invest in Custom Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinet space is critical to keeping your studio kitchen neat and organized. If you’re lacking storage space in your kitchen, creative kitchen cabinets can solve your organizational needs. A kitchen cabinet designer can help you maximize every nook and cranny of your space by creating custom cabinets specific to your home. Kitchen cabinet designs may include:
- Integrating a sliding shelved rack in small, unused spaces
- Installing open shelves to save space on cabinet doors and keep your kitchen open and airy
- Crafting custom corner cabinets to use every inch of your kitchen
Select Small Kitchen Appliances
After cabinets, your kitchen equipment and appliances take up the most space in your kitchen. When choosing your appliances, focus on your cooking needs and space. If you regularly visit the grocery store, you may not need a large fridge to store weeks of food. If you’re an avid baker, you may want to select a larger oven but skip installing a microwave.
Many kitchen equipment manufacturers design small-sized appliances that are as functional as larger equipment. A skilled kitchen designer can help you prioritize your kitchen appliance needs and provide small equipment alternatives that optimize your available space.
Plan a Minimalist Kitchen
A minimalist, clean kitchen design will leave your kitchen feeling open, airy, and spacious. When cooking and entertaining in a small space, it’s important that you are realistic about which appliances, cutlery, and tools you use and what sits in the back of a drawer gathering dust.
Do you need three different cutting boards, or can you opt for a butcher block sink cover that does double duty as a cutting board and extra counter space?
Can you combine your rice cooker, slow cooker, and pressure cooker into one appliance?
A cluttered kitchen feels cramped and smaller than it is. When living in a studio apartment, you want to ensure every item and tool you have has a specific purpose and place.
Create a Bright and Airy Kitchen Design
A well-lit and bright kitchen creates the illusion of a bigger space—exactly what you need in a small studio apartment. A kitchen designer can advise you on the best paint, flooring, and lighting options to help your kitchen appear spacious and roomy. Some common methods for expanding your space are:
- Choose light-coloured wood, paint, and countertops that allow light to bounce off surfaces
- Embrace plenty of lighting by maximizing natural light, installing under-cabinet lighting, and using three levels of lighting
- Select kitchen cabinets with a high-gloss finish to reflect light and brighten dark areas
Add a Multi-Functional Island
If you lack substantial counter space in your studio apartment kitchen, adding a multi-functional island is a great solution. By adding a tall kitchen table, bar, or custom island in the centre of your kitchen, you gain meal-prep space as well as a space-saving dining area. A kitchen designer can help you optimize an island by creating storage options, installing outlets, or even adding wheels so you can use it throughout your apartment as needed.
Renovating Your Studio Apartment Kitchen
There are many constraints that come with a studio apartment kitchen. It may be in your best interests to invest in a remodel to ensure your space suits all of your needs. When remodelling your kitchen, you should consider:
- Hiring a professional kitchen designer
- Your budget and priorities
- Necessary permits
- Your timeline
- New appliance purchases
Custom Kitchen Designs in Coquitlam
Your kitchen deserves to be the heart of your studio apartment home. At Oasis Kitchens, our kitchen experts create a streamlined renovation experience to design your kitchen with you. We help design your kitchen, connect you with our trusted contractors and suppliers, and build and install your kitchen.
From kitchen design to custom cabinetry, Oasis Kitchens has over 30 years of experience in transforming kitchen dreams into realities for our customers. Just think of us as your dedicated design sous chefs who offer a fun, creative, and seamless kitchen design process.
Start your kitchen journey now by using our kitchen-planning tool to design your studio apartment kitchen—or immediately book a complimentary consultation call with one of our kitchen professionals!