Building a tiny house kitchen can be time consuming depending on your carpentry skills and what you choose to put into it. Costs can skyrocket if you have expensive tastes and hire professionals to help. One option is to get a complete prebuilt kitchen unit – although even these range in price from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.
For example the Kitchen Armoire pictured here costs about $8,000, and it’s probably a best in class example. When not in use it hides away behind elegant cabinetry and contains a sink, refrigerator, convection oven/microwave, and ceramic cooktop. The cooktop and oven are also setup to shut down when the cabinet doors are closed as a safety precaution. As you scroll down the page you’ll find less expensive options.
The benefit of an all-in-one kitchen for a tiny house is that your cost is fixed and the time to install is shorter. The disadvantage is that you won’t have as many choices as a kitchen you build yourself. At the end of the day it is something to consider designing into your tiny house project.
Above: YesterTec Kitchen Armoire
Above: Micro Modular Kitchen
Above: Hideaway Kitchen
Above: Avanti Compact Kitchen
Pinterest is a great tool for creating photo collections. I’ve made some topic specific boards for things like bedrooms, bathrooms, and interiors. When noodling through future design ideas it’s nice to be able to see what other people have done. You can find all my Tiny House Design boards on Pinterest.
If you’d like to play with your own floor plan layout ideas give my free Print & Cut Worksheet a try. You just print it out with your own printer or have it printed at Kinkos on cardstock like I did. Then cut out the shapes and play with floor plan ideas.
Top photo by Ziggy from Small-Scale.net. Below are more examples from the tiny house kitchens board on Pinterest.
Photo above by Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat.
Photo above by Tennessee Tiny Homes. This might win the award for the smallest kitchen.
Photo above by Tennessee Tiny Homes.
Photo above of a kitchen by Tiny Texas Houses. Photo credit to Mother Earth Living.
Photo above of an Airsteam kitchen.
Photo above of a small house kitchen in Berkeley. Love the ships ladder.
Photo above is an IKEA inspired kitchen.
See more examples from the tiny house kitchens board on Pinterest.
Dan built this tiny house for his mom and it’s almost ready for her to move in. There are just a few plumbing and electrical details to finish up.
The interior is unlike any tiny house I’ve seen so far. It has counters and cabinets along both walls, like a galley kitchen. At one end is a bathroom and the other a futon sofa bed. There is a small loft above the bathroom but it looks more suitable for storage than sleeping. The dormer windows in the roof really open up the space and make it appear much larger too.
At first glance it might look like living in a kitchen. In many tiny houses very little space is devoted to a kitchen. In fact kitchens are often designed to be as small as possible – often no more than 4-feet of counter including a tiny sink, mini-fridge, and hot plate. But I’ve grown to really like this design and have realized how livable this it could be.
The cabinets provide plenty of storage space, and not just kitchen storage space. The counters provide a place to eat and work. When the day is over the sofa at the end of the room can quickly adjust to serve as a bed – changing the function of the room with minimal effort. I’m looking forward to hearing how it works out – and how she adjusts to the small space.
You can buy the plans for this tiny house, and for the remainder of December Dan is running a 40%-off discount on the plans. The get the discount just use discount code ‘40OFF’.
Learn more about the plans. Visit Dan’s blog to read the entire construction story.
The designers at Centrala invented this simple solution for maximizing space for this tiny 200 square foot apartment in Warsaw, Poland. The center piece is a hidden kitchen that folds-out and takes on new forms to serve a variety of functions. It’s an excellent example of how much space can be reused when a space is allowed to perform multiple functions. I first spotted this on Dornob.
Stone Soup – Minimalist Home Cooking has published the second part of their minimalist kitchen series. Their first article included what NOT to include in a minimalist kitchen; this second article focuses on the essentials of a minimalist kitchen.
While several Tiny House Design readers didn’t agree with all their suggestions in the first article I must admit it was food for thought, but be sure to bring along a grain of salt.
Photo of a Tumbleweed Fencl kitchen taken by Molly & Matty while Jay Shafer was on his tiny house tour.
Tiny houses require thinking differently about food preparation. At first this might seem like a design challenge but it really begins with what you eat and how you cook. Recently I found a wonderful blog called Stone Soup – Minimalist Home Cooking which is filled with wonderful articles on simple food and recipes.
Stone Soup just started a series titled how to set up a minimalist kitchen which looks like a great resource for beginning the process of designing a small house kitchen. The first article focuses on what not to include in a simple kitchen.
There is no relation (that I know of) between Stone Soup and Jay Shafer but here’s a photo of Jay in his tiny house kitchen. Photo by Amanda. Continue to read Part 2.
This is a really great space saving idea that could keep a tiny house clutter free. At first it looks as if this wall is just some kind of mural but you soon realize that the shapes you see etched into the wall’s surface actually conceal functional seats, counters, cabinets, and lighting. The only things it appears to be missing are the appliances and sink, but with a little more cleverness even these items could be included.
This compact kitchen was designed by Melanie Olle and Ilja Oelschlägel and is called Oma’s Rache, or Grandma’s revenge in english. It’s a reinterpretation of grandma’s good old multi-purpose kitchen cabinet. It measures a little over 8-feet tall, 2-feet deep, and 6.5-feet wide. I first saw it on dornob.