I recently moved into a tiny apartment in Santa Monica. Tinier than the apartment is its teeny tiny kitchen (seriously, that’s all there is). I’m an avid cook, so I was a little worried about how I could function with eight-ish square feet of counter space, minimal cabinet space, and a compact refrigerator. Did I mention there’s also no dishwasher? There’s no dishwasher.
Before I moved in, I did a google search looking for small kitchen solutions. What I quickly realized is there is no consensus on what “small” means. When I say small, I mean what you’d find on a houseboat small – and there’s just not a lot of advice about that kind of kitchen. Anyways, I ended up sort of winging it. This is all still a work in progress, but I wanted to share a few of the solutions I’ve found most handy.
The number one lifesaver has been this Grundtal hanging dish drainer from Ikea ($24), which has kept my valuable counter space clear.
I also built an additional workspace using an Ikea VARDE 57″ pre-cut butcher block counter top ($80) and metal plumbing fittings (a total of about $100 worth), which I placed over a used Ikea console (missing its sliding door) I bought for $20 at a thrift store. I’m still working on organizing the cabinets and refrigerator, but so far so good.