A lot of function in a tiny space
The single kitchen has many names: Some know them as mini kitchens or pantry kitchens, others speak of a kitchenette or cabinet kitchen. Ultimately, it is always a small fitted kitchen with reduced equipment. Nowadays, it's no longer a question of doing without: in the age of rediscovered minimalism, reducing a kitchen to a few functional aspects is an attractive idea, especially for people living alone. In terms of design, too, the mini-kitchen offers plenty of scope. Clever planning and innovative spatial concepts are crucial for both practical and aesthetic designs of the modern single kitchen.
In its simplest form, the pantry or mini kitchen usually consists of a base cabinet with two doors, one of which often hides a refrigerator. A sink and a hob with two plates are also part of the classic design. This type of galley kitchen was generally 1.20 meters wide and 90 centimeters high. They originated in the USA at the beginning of the 20th century, as cities became more crowded and living spaces shrank– and along with that, so did kitchens.
The mini kitchen, also called pantry kitchen, is actually a cabinet kitchen - everything fits in a space with a maximum width of 1.50 meters, in the form of a base cabinet. The single kitchen, on the other hand, is a little more generous and can be up to two meters wide.
Even though the kitchenette is often referred to as a single kitchen, it is by no means only suitable for single-person households. Rather, the type and duration of daily kitchen use are an important decision criterion. Kitchenettes and single kitchens are mainly found in private apartments or one-room apartments as well as in hotel rooms and apartments, in vacation homes, caravans and mobile homes, but also on boats and in office buildings. This makes them the ideal kitchens for small spaces.
The purchase of a new kitchen should be well thought out. The following questions can help you understand more precisely whether the single kitchen is the right choice for you.
A frequent place of use for pantry kitchens are company buildings - because here the classic “tea kitchen” often plays a very decisive role for the well-being of all. Traditionally only hot beverages are prepared here, so the equipment needs are covered by refrigerator, microwave, kettle and coffee machine. In this context, the mini-kitchen is an absolutely adequate, space-saving solution. If the kitchen is also to be used for communal cooking or even for meetings, it is worth considering more spacious fitted kitchens as office kitchens in any case.
The single or mini kitchen has distinct advantages:
Since the demand for kitchenettes and single kitchens has increased massively in recent decades, they now come in almost every style - whether you prefer purist kitchens or appreciate more classic designs. Totally unconventional kitchen models are also gaining in importance - for example, in lofts and studios, but also for ultra-modern office buildings or vacation homes with design aspirations.
A well thought-out space concept is crucial for any kitchen planning. When purchasing a single kitchen, pay particular attention to the choice of colours for the kitchen fronts and work surfaces. Light sources, whether artificial or natural, play the decisive role. You should also consider how the storage space will be divided. Kitchen cabinets and drawers should be designed according to your personal needs, because only a coherent interior design makes using the kitchen a pleasure. As a general rule, consult a professional furnishing consultant or a kitchen studio. In the meantime SieMatic also offers digital kitchen consultations. A virtual visit to the SieMatic kitchen showroom is also sure to inspire.
With the SieMatic 29, the traditional German kitchen manufacturer has created a homage to the kitchen buffet while simultaneously referring to its own history. The solitary piece of furniture received the gold medal in the German Design Awards and combines timeless design with high functionality. It is available in all colours and materials from SieMatic and can be expanded in a modular fashion, for example, by adding a tall cabinet, which, in addition to providing storage space, can also provide room for an oven. The characteristic black metal feet and the striking lines give the model a unique look that is more that is more reminiscent of designer furniture than of a kitchen. This is the perfect addition to a small apartment kitchen.