I don’t know about you, but for me the kitchen is the heart of the house. It’s the place everybody gathers too, no matter how big or small the space. But is less space a bad thing?

Not necessarily. It just means fewer appliances, smaller cabinets and creative thinking.

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What’s the difference between a kitchen and a kitchenette?

The main difference between a kitchen and a kitchenette is size. Basically, a kitchenette is a smaller version of the kitchen. You typically find a kitchenette in a small studio apartment, a hotel room or dorm room. It usually is equipped with all the basic appliances that you need to cook a meal, but nothing fancy. You’ll find a hot plate or two burner cook-top, a small refrigerator or mini-bar, a small sink and a microwave, while the kitchen will have an oven and a freezer also among other things.


The countertop work space is also smaller in a kitchenette, so you’ll have to be creative with what’s available.

How to make it work for you?

New York building code states that a kitchenette is a kitchen of less than 80 ft² of floor space. This surface is most definitely not enough to cook a meal for more than two people. Then again, you’re unlikely to have a crowded space with this square footage, anyway. The kitchenette is specially designed for small spaces, like this one, so if you’re usually cooking for one or two people, it can work for you.

You can also invest in some other smart appliances that don’t take too much space, like a steam cooker.

This brings up another main issue, the storage space. The cabinets will be reduced to a bare minimum so it will give you less space for pots and pans. So I don’t think you can find space for the wok. We covered some more ideas on the subject here and here that you can use in your space.

In the end it all boils down to you particular needs and lifestyle. You don’t need a large kitchen to cook a nice meal, but at the same time, a small kitchen may not be enough for more than two people.


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