Personal experience: How to equip a full-fledged kitchen on six square meters
When my mother saw the tiny kitchen in the studio, which my husband and I were going to buy, she said at once: “Well, that’s it, now you can definitely forget about your culinary masterpieces. It will be impossible to cook here. ” Fortunately, she was wrong. But first things first.
Six months ago, I had to solve a difficult task – to equip a small studio apartment. But the worst thing was the kitchen. The fact is that I love cooking – I watch culinary programs with Jamie Oliver, his video courses and often repeat dishes (many of them are made in the oven). The husband supports this hobby – he eats only homemade, and it is better not to mention the dumplings from the supermarket with him. I had to look for a way to put a full oven, hob, dishwasher, refrigerator, cabinets and a dining table on the six squares.
How we found suitable kitchen appliances
My oven had to combine the unmatched: a very compact size, ample opportunities for cooking and a stylish look. Ideally, I was looking for a model with a mirror surface or a glass door – to visually facilitate the design of the kitchen. The furniture was planned very light (it visually enlarges the room), and the oven had to fit in color and be built in, which further reduced the space for maneuver.
My husband and I went shopping, looked at the offers of famous brands, then I read the reviews on the Internet. Usually, all the variants lacked something: it is too large in size, then the functions are trimmed, or all is well, but it is only in black. There were some good options, but after the reviews I brushed them off: they said that it was preparing badly, it was inconvenient to wash, the glass cracked … In the process of searching, a centimeter actively walked – I went with him to the kitchen, measured and imagined whether this model would fit or not. Those ovens that fit me in terms of functions would look like an elephant in a china shop.
In the recommended reviews, I saw the Fornelli FEA 60 Duetto model. In the photos she was light, the right color, besides the story of the user interested me: a lot of possibilities, small size, glass door and a whole set of baking. The bonus was a microwave. The model was suitable for all but one – its width was 60 cm, and I wanted a smaller one. Therefore, I found the official website of the manufacturer and looked at what they have in the same color scheme.
Fornelli is an Italian company, and their prices are even lower than in some of the more famous brands in Russia. Not much, really, but after the purchase of the apartment it mattered. The fact that the equipment from Italy, also played a role – more confidence in quality and confidence in reliability. And the “Italian design” is not an empty sound.
After deliberation, my husband and I preferred the model without a microwave – Fornelli FEA 45 Sonata, 45 cm wide, with white tinted glass. They included an electric hob PV 45 DELIZIA WH – 3 zones of ultrafast heating, a switch-off timer and size played their part. Personally, I like that such a plate does not protrude above the surface of the tabletop. It looks stylish and impressive, and in reality it is better than in the photo.
My experience with Fornelli technology
6 months have passed, and I am still pleased with the choice. In the kitchen, the oven looks organic, while cooking the surface does not heat up, the touch panel is very convenient. Included are: deep and shallow baking pan, spit with a holder, a handle for baking.
My culinary delights continue: in the oven, there are 9 modes – from defrosting and ending with 3D convection and grilling. All experiments were successful – the chicken is obtained with a ruddy crispy crust, the pies are just delicious. But I will give advice about potatoes: it is best to bake it at an average level, otherwise one of the parties may be less edible.
A single word about washing: chrome grilles inside are removed (I send them to the dishwasher), the outer panel is easily wiped with a cloth due to the buttons that go inside.
There is not a scratch on the three-pane glass, and the cooling fan negates its chances of cracking. I also like the little thing that many other manufacturers have not thought of – the baking sheet is hanging on itself when you push it! Very comfortably.
About the hob – she did not disappoint either. Once forgot about the milk on the stove, and she turned off. There is a surface for dishes of all sizes – from the coffee maker to a large frying pan. Aesthetically, it makes me very happy, perfectly fit into the tabletop.
What you need to pay attention to when arranging the kitchen: personal advice
1. Make all the elements of a small kitchen light: white, blue, peach, pale pink, light green. This will visually increase the space. It is best to paint the walls in one tone, pick up monochrome furniture. Tablecloths, apron can be maximum in a small pattern, large does not fit at all.
2. It is best to choose a transforming table: if necessary, it unfolds.