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Whether you're looking at ideas for kitchenettes because you're downsizing your living space to an apartment (or even a tiny house) or because you're looking to allow for another generation, either younger or older, in your larger home, you're likely to consider how the kitchenette area is going to be housed.

Two very common options for that are:

  • behind bifold doors or
  • within a cupboard area.

Either way, you need to consider how much space the doors will take up when open and, in the case of a cupboard-based work area, will the doors block walk through areas or light when open?

For NZ-based Houzzers, Fit distribute a couple of high quality bifold door options that are well worth considering; Cinetto and Salice.


Check out our Houzz Cinetto Bifold Project here. Or see Cinetto on our website here.


Read about Italian designed and made Fit bifold door gear on our website here or in our Houzz Salice Bifold Project here.




A marvellous option for cupboard based kitchenettes or work areas is a pocket door, a mechanism that attaches to cabinet or cupboard doors and allows the door to pivot 90° to slide back to sit within a double cabinet wall. This is ideal for when you have limited space and traditional doors would get in the way when open.

Salice's Eclipse pocket door mechanism is highly specced and worthy of your consideration. Check our out Houzz Salice Eclipse Pocket Door Project here or read about Eclipse on our website here, where you can also see video clips of Eclipse in action.

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nancymiller48

Kitchenette, scullery, butlers pantry; all ideas that were popular in the past for various reasons and appear to be making a comeback. I have what I suppose you would call a kitchenette in my newly refurbished unit. Small living space which needs to accommodate dining, day living and kitchen. So in my kitchenette I have a good sink, single dishdrawer, 2-burner induction cooktop and combo oven/microwave. All chosen to maximise storage. Also a good sized pantry cupboard and a fridge-freezer. There are overhead cupboards and mainly drawers underbench, and a useful swivelling thingie to make use of the dead corner. A bank of shelves for jars of dry goods, magnetic knife rack and a hanging rod for utensils have all been useful additions. This kitchenette is ideal for one person and I can entertain easily with my friends sitting round the table or on the settee.

I tend to think these separate rooms shut off from the kitchen will require more walking, more time and effort needed to prep and cook, clean up. Tidier perhaps but you are then shut away in another space while your guests entertain themselves! Not my cup of tea! Handy of course if you employ staff! The butler! Or scullery maid!

I was brought up in a house with a kitchen, scullery and pantry! No butler or maid, just my mother, cooking and baking all day for a large family and all the farm workers who trooped through the house at regular intervals. And of course all the friends and family who descended on "the farm" every holiday time. We all helped of course but it was hard work for my mum, especially for the first few years with no electricity. In the kitchen was the coal range, a large wooden table and chairs and a sagging Victorian chaise we all perched on or curled up on for a story. The scullery had sink, bins for bulk drygoods and poky cupboards. And in the pantry was a safe and many shelves filled with preserves and other foods. The kerosene fridge was out in the back porch! Primitive! But happy times!!

I have no wish to go back to the trekking my mother did, through the various rooms in the work area, in order to prepare a meal. Happy with my current arrangement where I can stand in one spot to do the lot!

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Daniel Lindahl Architecture

Before you opt for a boiling/chilled water tap in order to save space, consider 2 things: the not insignificant running costs (filter renewal and power), and the huge space taken up by the unit hidden under the sink. It fairly much precludes using any space saving drawers in that space. If you have a corner return cupboard - usually fairly inaccessible space - that would be a good location for it.

However, if you do have such a unit under the sink, make use of the heat it generates by fixing tea-towel rails to the inside of the cabinet doors, then they dry in no time.

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