The kitchen is an area of the home that needs to be a functional and practical space where tenants can store and prepare their food safely and comfortably.
As a landlord, to attract the right tenants and achieve the best possible rental price, you need to make sure that your property is well equipped with an appealing kitchen, but this can be more difficult where space is extremely limited.
No matter whether it’s an apartment, flat, studio or a small house, here are some things that you can to do make the most of your space and create the perfect small kitchen for your rental property.
Whether you are hoping to renovate and improve the existing kitchen or rip it out and add a new one, proper planning will save you time and money in the long run.
For new kitchens – take a look at the space as if there was nothing there, picture it without the existing kitchen, units and appliances and just focus on the area available to work with. This way you will be more likely to come up with a better layout and use of the space without simply replacing like for like.
To refurbish a kitchen – be realistic about what can be reused and repainted and where it might be worth spending some money for the long-term benefits. The cupboards might be in great condition and with some nice paint and new handles will look like new, but a new worktop might be necessary to bring it all together.
Instead of opting for a ‘standard’ kitchen and trying to adjust it to the space you are working with, try modern and compact mini kitchens, which are specially designed to fit into small spaces.
These effective and affordable units come in a wide range of types and sizes and provide the essential amenities needed in even the most spatially challenged properties.
They come pre-built with whatever you need – hob, sink, refrigerator, cupboard space, microwave, dishwasher, oven, grill, draws and more. What’s even better, because they are small and pre-built, they are very quick and easy to install, so no mess, fuss, disruption and no need for costly kitchen fitters.
Colours and Materials
Colour and materials are key, whether you are choosing a new kitchen or simply give the existing one a bit of a revamp. Opting for light colours and neutral tones for the cupboards, walls, backsplash and tiles will help to make the space feel bigger and brighter. Worktops and flooring look great in a light wood effect and add a natural, textured element that works well with almost all colours.
If you are creating a kitchen with very limited space then be sensible and realistic about what appliances you should or can make room for. A refrigerator is going to be an absolute must and most tenants will expect a hob and likely an oven as a bare minimum. Things like a microwave, freezer or dishwasher however are less necessary and something that might be worth sacrificing for more cupboard space. Things like Microwaves can always be bought by the tenant themselves if they really need one.