Creating a Proper Kitchen in a Studio Condo
A studio condo can present some challenges when it comes to adding a kitchen but, if it is done right, it can look great and can add substantial value to a property.
One thing to avoid is a kitchenette-style of cooking area. That’s because studio rooms already combine the living room and bedroom into one space and a kitchenette, even if positioned in the corner of a room, will still mean that cooking will take place in the same space as the sleeping area.
Where to put it
The first thing to do is to look at an existing studio and determine where a partition can be made so as to make the kitchen entirely separate from the rest of the living space.
Many condos come with a bathroom immediately adjacent to the front door with a walk in space that may already have a makeshift kitchen or kitchenette in it. This is an ideal space to consider for a proper kitchen as three walls will already exist and it will only require the creation of an end wall or archway to finish off the space.
Entrance areas are normally 1.5 metres to 2 metres wide and this is easily enough for a galley-style kitchen which will typically require approximately 1.5 metres for width.
If the bathroom is located near to the entrance door, you may need to extend the wall where the bathroom joins to the main room so as to ensure the kitchen is long enough, but this will still be a simple enough job to do and could be combined with the erection of the fourth wall or archway.
For length, consider a 2.6 metre to three metre length for the kitchen room overall. This will mean that you could make a proper kitchen in only 4.5 square metres and this will not impact adversely on the size of the rest of the property.
If your condo has no area of this nature by the entrance door then it is worth looking at creating one such that the entrance door opens into it as this will avoid the need for an entrance hall and will save space overall.
How to build it
With the plan in-hand the next job is to create the walls that will separate the kitchen from the main room. By tucking the bed behind the wall, it will also be out of sight from the kitchen and this is just perfect from the point of view of creating the desired separation.
Next it will be time to paint the newly-created room. Choose white, cream or yellow or, alternatively, a colour that is the same as the rest of the condo. Floor tiles can also be fitted at this time. Look to make a step between the kitchen and main room as this will bolster the separation of the two areas, especially if an archway is being used. It will also allow for pipes to be fitted under the floor for the sink unit, etc. You could either use tiles that are the same as those used in the main room, or you could go for a colour scheme that is distinct. Colours that work well are white, tan or rustic orange colours. If you are refitting the entire condo at the same time then you could consider a wood floor covering for the main room and a tiled floor for the kitchen area to give the illusion of an entirely separate area.
What to put in it
With a fully-created and ready-to-go space, the next thing to look at is the fitting of kitchen units and a worktop. These are typically only 60 cm wide and so there will be plenty of walking space. A visit to a kitchen centre will enable you to get the best fitting service. Be sure to take a plan of your room with you so that you can discuss the best units for the room. As part of the service, the kitchen centre would usually arrange a visit to do a final measure up of the space and may use a 3D modeling program along with example colour schemes to create exactly the look you require.
The fridge should be a tall, two-door affair that will be standalone next to the newly-built wall and so will be at one end of the room. Then the worktop should be fitted such that it has maximum unbroken length of at least 2.3 metres. This will look quite elegant as the dimensions of the room will lend themselves nicely to ensuring the space looks long and the kitchen will look larger than the meagre floor space it takes up.
The worktop should be placed along the entire length of the kitchen units and cut to fit any intricacies in the wall, such as pillars or electrical ducts. Underneath there should be room for four or more cupboards, which again will give the illusion of the room being of a good length.
Top cupboards should be also fitted to match the bottom ones and again three or four units should be fitted. Be sure to plan for the hob area and a kitchen hood to go above it. The hood and fan unit can be fitted underneath one of cupboards at the top and will be a key item in the kitchen to make it look like a dedicated room. Consider using ducting so that cooking odors can be removed from the room altogether. You will then have succeeded in ensuring cooking doesn’t affect the sleeping area at all.
Which colour to use
For colour schemes, a dark worktop in black or dark grey marble will work very well with light- or mid-toned wood cupboards. Other alternatives are an all-white kitchen with a white or light cream work top and white cupboard doors, though this will be more difficult to keep clean over time. Less traditional colour schemes are dark green or red cupboards with a mid-tone grey or tan worktop.
Tiled areas on the walls should be in white or another colour that matched the paintwork already in place. These should be fitted last as they will need to meet up with the kitchen units that will have already been fitted.
Accessories can be placed in the kitchen to give it a professional look. With all this in place, a studio condo can take on the look of a much larger property, with plenty of practical benefits to boot.