Take a tour of this kitchen conversion

Take a look around this country-style kitchen. Originally a bedroom, the room has been rejigged to make way for an open-plan kitchen-diner and living room. To see more kitchens, visit housetohome.co.uk.

The owners of this flat overhauled the whole layout and designed their perfect kitchen from scratch. After a year of drawing up plans they came up with a new space offering lots of smart storage that would keep clutter at bay, but everyday essentials accessible.

1/7 Reworking the layout

kitchen with cream wall wooden table and stools

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

Kitchen worktop

2/7 Add an island

kitchen with wooden floor and crockery shelf

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

A large island in the middle of the kitchen provides extra space for food prep and is positioned in parallel with the dining table so guests are able to talk to the chef while cooking.

Kitchen doors
Appliances online

3/7 Smart storage

kitchen with dish shelf with cups

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

The use of open shelving and a traditional plate rack keeps dinnerware accessible. Even the tops of cupboards have been used to store odds and ends in neat baskets.


4/7 Clever clock

kitchen with watch on wall and frame and potted plant

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

This wall sticker clock is a fun addition to the kitchen and its position accentuates the room's high ceiling. The small shelf below has been used to store family knick knacks and plants.

Similar clock

5/7 Utilise your walls

kitchen with white tiles on wall and spoons

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

Wall-mounted spice racks, knife blocks and utensil hooks are a brilliant way to use space wisely and keep everything you need within reach.

Utensil rail

6/7 Use every last inch

books on kitchen wine rack

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

Smart storage is all about maximising space. If you're left with an area too small for pots and pans why not build in somewhere to keep your wine collection or add small drawers for food clips and cling film.

Wine rack

7/7 The kitchen before the makeover

kitchen with wooden desk

(Image credit: Future PLC/Douglas Gibb)

The original kitchen area was converted into a bedroom with en suite. Removing a wall between two reception rooms opened up a large space perfect for an open-plan kitchen and living room.

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Thea Babington-Stitt
Assistant Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years. 

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.