by Lindsay Wilcox
Serve meals and entertain friends comfortably when you buy kitchen furniture designed for use in a small kitchen. Whether you want a kitchen bar to save space and seat many guests or a compact kitchen table you can slide against a wall when not in use, you're sure to find the right pieces for your home. Read on for tips on buying the best kitchen furniture for a small kitchen.
Buy furniture that can multitask. When you want to make a small space feel larger, you need kitchen storage furniture to save room. Replace heavy kitchen chairs with a long wooden bench that includes a hollow base perfect for storing kitchen towels, tablecloths, placemats and cloth napkins. A tall, narrow kitchen hutch not only holds extra dishes and appliances, but it can also display paintings and favorite decor pieces to add visual interest to the room. Don't forget to buy a compact kitchen cart or similar kitchen storage furniture; these versatile pieces store pots and pans, spices, baking supplies and more but also offer valuable counter space when you need it.
Look for furniture that can take advantage of wasted space. If your kitchen is feeling a little cramped, you'll want to buy small kitchen furniture that fits the size of the room and leaves you enough walking space. Corner benches allow you to use empty corners for seating and can even take the place of kitchen chairs when you place a sturdy, square kitchen table in the center of the benches. A corner kitchen hutch gives you more cabinet space and doesn't take up too much space. Save even more room by installing a kitchen bar opposite your refrigerator and cabinets and adding three or four bar stools. Guests will enjoy this modern kitchen furniture because they can help the host or hostess with the meal and chat while the food is cooking.
Find portable furniture you can move when necessary. A small space requires flexibility, and the right small kitchen furniture will be versatile and lightweight enough for mobility and storage. Look for a wheeled kitchen cart you can store in the pantry when it's not being used, and buy modern kitchen furniture, such as tall bistro tables, that can be pushed against a wall or into a corner for extra room. Folding chairs and stacking bar stools can also save you space.