By Albertine Pascal. Kitchen Furniture. Published at Tuesday, April 03rd, 2018 - 15:27:13 PM.
You'll need to allow a minimum of 7 feet to accommodate a small table and chairs, though 8 feet is better and 9 feet is optimum. (Nine feet allows for a 36" table and a 36" clearance for each chair.) Try to leave 48" of walking space around the table so nobody ends up knocking the orange juice glasses off the table.
If your space is extremely tight—an urban apartment or condo, for example—you still have options. You can choose a smaller table (though don't go below 30 inches) or find a drop-leaf table that you can pull out when you have guests.
There are plenty of tricks that can help you expand the appearance of depth, height and width in your kitchen, and the best way to start is at the bottom. Firstly, make sure that floor boards run lengthwise, to create the illusion of a longer kitchen space. If you plan to feature a backsplash or other wall design, consider arranging the tiles in opposition to the floorboards' orientation—this will help to create the illusion of depth in the space. Finally, consider raising cabinets or appliances off the floor—if they're flush, the entire space will seem shorter, but raising them slightly will give the appearance of a space with more height.
Another idea for small kitchen cabinets is to combine appliances, storage and cabinet space. You can use cabinets to hide a low-profile refrigerator, stow a trash or recycling bin, or conceal a lazy Susan. For floor cabinets, consider using small cabinets to create a small kitchen island.
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