A good layout for a small kitchen is a gallery layout with exposed cabinets, according to HGTV. A gallery layout arranges the kitchen into a long aisle, with all the appliances and cabinets against one wall. Exposed cabinets give the kitchen a light and airy feel.
Another design idea for a small kitchen is eliminating extras such as large counter appliances. More space becomes available when adding pull-out pantries or drawer spaces. A retractable table or peninsula can also add more space to a kitchen, and storing chairs in other rooms when not in use can open the space as well. Hanging racks for pots and pans clear cabinet space for other items.