Tiny Appliances for Tight Spaces (They’ll Make You Smile)
These compact appliances are big on both functionality and style.
Ideal for this 450-sq.-ft. studio apartment, a 24-inch gas range squeezes nicely into the compact kitchen space. With four burners and an industrial-looking stainless steel finish, this range looks every bit as powerful as heftier models and gives the kitchen a “ready-for-action” vibe.
Viking Professional Classic VGIC2454BX price range: $3,859 to $4,279.
Tiny Appliances for Tight Spaces (They’ll Make You Smile)Welcome to My Hood
Short and stylish, a 20-inch-wide stainless steel range hood adds a dash of flash to your small home kitchen. Ducted models carry exhaust outside your home; you’ll pay $150 to $2,300 for the hood, plus $300 or more for ducting and installation, depending on the complexity of the job. A ductless (recirculating) range hood costs much less: $60 to $150.
Tiny Appliances for Tight Spaces (They’ll Make You Smile)Micro Micro
This bitsy (10-by-10-by-12-inches high) microwave oven won’t hog countertop space and is perfect for quickly heating a cup of coffee or a bowl of soup. A fold-out handle makes it easy to tote from kitchen to office to mancave. Pictured is the iWaveCube, although other brands are available. Most are in the $100-$200 range.
Tiny Appliances for Tight Spaces (They’ll Make You Smile)Hidden Helper
This diminutive dishwasher is a countertop model that cleans up to six complete place settings. Tiny house aficionado and blogger Debra of “320squarefoothome” tucked the dishwasher under a settee to save space and keep the appliance out of sight. Cost: $200 to $300.
Tiny Appliances for Tight Spaces (They’ll Make You Smile)Mighty Mite Cooktop
You get a lot of cooking power packed into a tiny space with a two-burner induction type cooktop. A typical model is 12-15 inches wide and about 20 inches long, and fits neatly into a tiny kitchen, such as this 100-sq.-ft. portable cabin. The smooth, seamless top makes cleaning a snap. Note: Induction cooking requires non-aluminum cookware.
Tiny Appliances for Tight Spaces (They’ll Make You Smile)Just Chillin’
An undercounter refrigerator & freezer combo is the perfect stay-cool mate for this 130-sq.-ft. house. The 3.2-cubic-feet capacity can hold about a week’s worth of goodies and the compact design helps maximize available countertop space.
3.2 cu. ft. refrigerator/freezer price range: $120 - $250
Image: Aaron Leu
Tiny Appliances for Tight Spaces (They’ll Make You Smile)Up, Up and Away
Looking to maximize refrigerator space while keeping width to a minimum, a couple in Norway decided on a tall and skinny solution. Their 6-ft.-high refrigerator is only about 24 inches wide and easily snuggles into their tiny kitchen. Narrow fridges are available in the U.S. for as little as $400, but higher-end models run closer to $2,000.
Tiny Appliances for Tight Spaces (They’ll Make You Smile)Shipshape Heater
Sturdy construction and Hobbitty-house size make this woodburning marine stove the ideal companion for tiny spaces, such as a boat galley or getaway cabin. It burns wood or coal and will heat a 12-foot-by-12-foot space with an 8-foot ceiling. This model costs around $1,500.
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