Design narrow kitchen: the best ideas and useful tricks

narrow kitchen design

The design of a narrow kitchen is complex and responsible in its own way. How to make the space was both functional and beautiful? How to arrange the furniture and what colors to choose when making such a kitchen? We are looking for answers to these and many other questions today and find out how a narrow layout opens up broad prospects for us in kitchen interior design.

Planning a narrow kitchen - how to place a dining area and a suite?

It is with the help of planning and placement of furniture that you can correct the shortcomings of a rectangular room. There are several options for the location of furniture:

  • A single-row layout, which is also called linear, is when a kitchen unit is installed along a long wall so that the refrigerator and stove are on different sides of the sink. So there will be a place for passage, and free space can be used for the dining area. For a very narrow kitchen, it fits best. Different ways of arranging furniture, you can look at the photo below.

Single-row layout of a narrow kitchen without dining area

Single row narrow kitchen layout - dining area

Single row narrow kitchen layout - dining area

  • With L-shaped (or angular) layout furniture is placed along adjacent walls for the best proportions, and at the same time they create an additional work surface. In this case, you can increase the window sill and make it a continuation of the tabletop, use it as a table, or place a washing machine in the resulting niche.

L-shaped narrow kitchen without dining group

Corner narrow kitchen

Corner narrow kitchen with dining area

  • Two-row layout is best suited for an elongated, but wide enough kitchen. Choose this option if you have a large, rectangular-shaped kitchen. Then the dining area can be taken out at one end of the kitchen, for example, to the window.

Rectangular elongated kitchen

Rectangular elongated kitchen

Rectangular elongated kitchen

Tip! It must be remembered that between the rows of cabinets should remain 90-120 centimeters.

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If the space is too small and narrow, then the dining area should either be taken out to another room, as shown in the photo:

Narrow kitchen without dining area

Or consider a non-standard solution for placing a dining area - bar counter, folding small or narrow table along the wall.

Arrangement of furniture in the narrow kitchen

Arrangement of furniture in the narrow kitchen

Arrangement of furniture in the narrow kitchen

  • Another option for such a kitchen is a U-shaped layout. Convenient in terms of spaciousness of cabinets and the ability to equip the kitchen with all necessary appliances, but almost all the free space will be “eaten”. With such a plan, you will have to move the dining area to the room, because there is likely to be no more space left in the kitchen.

U-shaped narrow kitchen without dining area

On the other hand, if the footage allows, then the lunch group can be placed as shown in the photo below.

U-shaped narrow kitchen

U-shaped narrow kitchen

Tip! In preparing the work area, keep in mind the so-called "triangle rule". Plate, sink and work surface should be located side by side, as if at three points of one triangle. This will allow you to spend a minimum of time and effort during cooking and related processes.

Headset selection

The best option, which will take into account the features of an elongated kitchen, will be the manufacture of a kitchen to order, because typical sets are usually made for standard layouts. You can maximize the utility of a narrow space by ordering open shelves (visually increasing space) or cabinets that will “reach out” all the way to the ceiling - this will solve the storage problem when the most rarely used utensils are placed at the top and the necessary one is below.

Set for narrow kitchen

Tip! It is desirable that the doors of the cabinets in this case were made with transparent glass, it can be semi-gloss.

Set for narrow kitchen

The doors of the headset, by the way, can open upwards - this will add the spirit of modernity to your kitchen, and nothing will interfere.

In addition, a headset made according to your needs, in the case of a narrow kitchen, will allow you to realize the most daring ideas: what about pull-out tops and folding tables? You can use them both for eating and for cooking.

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The main task in the design of any narrow room is to visually “expand” it. This can be achieved by choosing light colors for the walls, which can be covered with both wallpaper and paint. Apron is also desirable to make the tone of the walls or lighter.

The color of the walls of the narrow kitchen

Of course, it is better if the walls are solid, but you can choose wallpaper with a picture, in this case, the main thing is that it should be small. Another variant - photo wallpapers with a panoramic image that will create a linear perspective and expand the space. It is better to refuse dark wallpaper, and even more so, you should not allocate a long wall with dark wallpaper, wallpaper with light small drawings or a horizontal strip will suit much better.

Wallpaper for narrow kitchen

A darker shade is better to highlight narrow walls to balance the space.


As floor coverings almost anything will do; you just need to choose the right pattern and correctly lay the cover.

It is better to lay the tile diagonally, as in the photo below.

Design narrow kitchen - tile on the floor

When choosing a floor covering color, it is important to keep in mind that it is better to choose either contrasting with the main color of the room, or repeating it. For example, a dark color on the floor will make a narrow room visually higher, and light floors, similar in color to furniture, will add light.

Design narrow kitchen-parquet, laminate, linoleum

Tip! It will look good cover of rectangular elements, where the narrow side will be facing the long wall - so you can lay, for example, laminate.

And here are some more successful examples of floor coverings in a narrow kitchen in the following photos:

Design narrow kitchen-parquet, laminate, linoleum

Design, color, decor

The design of a narrow kitchen is most harmoniously performed in a minimalist or Scandinavian style. The restraint of these styles fits perfectly, because in the narrow kitchen no extra items or massive constructions are allowed. These styles love order, simplicity, minimum of small things, cluttering up the space - just what you need in a long kitchen. It is better to choose light tone not only for finishing, but also at the choice of furniture.

Design and decor of a narrow kitchen

However, if you like bright colors, you can add them in small things like chairs, indoor plants or kitchen utensils. Read more about the color in the interior of the kitchen. here.

Color narrow kitchen

Color narrow kitchen

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Extra Tricks

  • Good lighting plays an important role, so for windows choose light curtains or Roman curtains. The first suitable for large wide windows, and the second - for narrower ones. Any kitchen should have several sources of lighting, and a narrow one - even more so. Ceiling chandelier is best positioned above the dining area, the working area - to provide spotlight. Ceiling lamps can also be hung by highlighting a couple of kitchen areas, but it is important not to line them up so as not to reinforce the “tunnel” look of the kitchen.

Lighting elongated kitchen

Lighting elongated kitchen

  • Reflective surfaces will visually expand the space: choose glossy furniture and accessories, finish with mirror elements.For the ceiling is best suited stretch glossy finish.

Rectangular kitchen design

  • If a balcony adjoins the kitchen, it can become an additional living space. For example, if you properly warm it, you can put a dining area on the balcony or place a refrigerator there.

Dining area on the balcony

  • Remember that the horizontal lines and patterns make the kitchen wider, and the vertical - higher. Therefore, along the elongated walls, place high pieces of furniture and interior, and narrow end walls can be balanced with wide window sill and short curtains.

Sill-table in the narrow kitchen

As you see, it is easy to harmonize the space of a narrow kitchen with the help of correctly selected finishing materials, simple furniture and a competent combination of horizontal and vertical lines. We hope that with the help of our tips and photos, the design and arrangement of a narrow kitchen will become easier and more interesting for you.

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  1. Anonymous says

    I read the article with interest and looked at all the pictures of narrow kitchens.
    All my life I complained about my kitchen, and here I see generally narrow ones! I'm glad my normal is still 🙂
    I am pleased that I carried out the repair and in it the optimal design!

  2. Natali Basenka says

    Gallery design solutions gorgeous! Some of the councils took note, others intuitively already applied in repairing their narrow kitchens as a corridor. So it is checked - it works. It is pleasant that in the informational chaos of the Internet space there is really useful, laconic and beautifully illustrated information.

  3. Eugene Tyrkalova says

    Very beautiful and most important functional solutions of a narrow kitchen. You can easily organize the space with convenience.

  4. Nelly d-o says

    In any layout, you can find your advantages and use them to create the most comfortable interior. Unfortunately, there are people with their own stereotypes who are ready to put a dining table and a refrigerator in front of it in a narrow, long kitchen in the middle. And then squeeze sideways in order to get from one part of the kitchen to another. It was a pity there was not this article at the time when I was the customer discussing the interior in the kitchen with dimensions 2.06 at 7.40. As a result, he was unable to convince him, I refused to work.

  5. Alexander Designer says

    Every year the kitchen is all already, but the apartments are getting smaller.

  6. Catherine says

    We also have a very narrow kitchen, I used to worry about this, I didn’t like it at all, but now I thought so, it's okay, we don’t need much space in the kitchen, we even have almost no equipment because we all for a healthy lifestyle and just eat right. Therefore, we mostly manage with one pressure cooker, it turns out quickly, tasty and useful, recently bought a new pressure cooker on the site where the dishes are especially tasty.

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