Adaptable Appliances for Small Spaces

Adaptable appliances are made so the dimensions of your home don't matter. Even the smallest home can be equipped with the best appliances.
Adaptable Appliances for Small Spaces

Last update: 21 October, 2020

Adaptable appliances are important to those of you living in a small apartment or studio, or maybe your kitchen is narrow and is an awkward size.  For that reason, to be able to equip it, there are various options for small spaces.

It’s not always possible to get the appliance of your dreams. Sometimes, you have to adapt to the needs and dimensions of the room.

This shouldn’t change the performance and quality of the results. The devices you use at home can be really efficient, as long as you buy the best brands. You must remember that cheaper things can be more expensive in the long run.

The washing machine – one of many adaptable appliances

A small washing machine which is one of many adaptable appliances.

The washing machine’s undoubtedly the most difficult adaptable appliance. Normally, washing machines are big and bulky so they can fit more clothes in and, at the same time, they usually have a front door.

The best solution to adapt it to a small room is by getting a smaller one. In this way, the drum will hold a smaller load, with a capacity of 9 or 11 pounds. In width, they’ll usually be around 20 inches.

Also, there are some taller and slimmer models without front doors, and instead, have the door on top. This is a much more compact system that can adapt to the size of a specific room.

With these appliances, you manage to save space.

Adaptable dishwashers, fridges, and ovens

A small refrigerator in a corner.

As a rule, these three appliances take up a lot of space. They’re designed to hold many items inside, whether it’s food or other household items. However, what can you do if you have a narrow kitchen?

  1. More and more homes have a small dishwasher, especially small apartments. There are very narrow ones, about 16 inches wide, with all the internal resources to be able to clean dirty kitchenware. Also, they work quickly and save a lot of water.
  2. Small refrigerators are very common in studios, hotel rooms, offices, etc. The width varies but they are usually about 16 inches and, inside, they consist of 3 shelves and a freezer. They fit perfectly anywhere.
  3. As for the oven, there’s the possibility of combining it and the microwave into one device. It has the benefit of being portable and offers the ability to make cooking simpler and more functional.

On the market, you can find all kinds of brands and varieties. To search for the one that best suits you, you’ll need to know the measurements of the place where it’ll be located. Then, you’ll be able to make sure that your kitchen is perfectly equipped.

Emerging adaptable appliances – the dryer

A mini washing machine in a kitchen.

A dryer is an appliance that is becoming more popular. Many families prefer to dry their clothes in the open air. However, in wet climates, this can be a difficult task.

More and more homes are using this device. It’s useful and easy to use. Also, you can get a reduced size model. As with the washing machine, you can find them with a front or top door.

The smallest are up to 16 inches wide and have a capacity of 13 gallons. Furthermore, they fit perfectly into any space and there are some with very innovative designs that are very unique from a decor point of view.

To find the best model, you have to analyze the entire market.

The food processor – a functional appliance

A person making a dish with their food processor.

The food processor has become more popular in homes. It wasn’t so common in the past, so why is it so popular lately? This is mainly due to the features and uses it provides.

At first glance, it’s quite small, not very tall, and doesn’t take up much space either. Its dimensions are usually about 12 x 12 inches. However, i f it’s placed in a corner you won’t notice it. Furthermore, it’s a useful appliance and will save you a lot of time.

In short, the variety of appliances is quite vast. The size of the apartment doesn’t matter, since you can find functional solutions with adaptable appliances.


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