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Small Kitchens: Making Every Inch Count Hardcover – January 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671633546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671633547
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The well-designed kitchen, believes Murrell, a British decorator who has planned and written about kitchens for 20 years, will be efficient, clean and attractive. It could hardly be less if the guidelines in this handsome and intelligent book are followed. His philosophy is simple: employ the principles of good design, buy the best you can afford (but never anything you don't need or like) and never let fashion dominate function. Murrell's advice will prove helpful in designing kitchens of various sizes, utility rooms or any space where storage is a consideration. German and Italian influences are drawn upon, and, surprisingly, the inspiration for the small kitchen is the busy, spacious kitchen of the 19th century. Murrell convincingly argues that a tall, shallow pantry cupboard, work surfaces accessible to several people at once and separated cooking areas (the combination range-oven is out of favor) make the best use of limited space. The neat, short sections on refrigeration, shelves and cabinets, ventilation, small equipment, etc. and the photographs of beautiful kitchens make the book a pleasure to use as well as a valuable reference. A list of suppliers is included.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book spells out EXACTLY how to design a kitchen that works for you, without spending the equivalent of a year's tuition at an Ivy League college. Packed with incredibly useful information and superb illustration, the unswerving focus on creating the most efficient kitchen possible is the perfect antidote to the excesses of current kitchen design trends. Using Murrell's insights and ideas anyone can get a better kitchen for free, just by rearranging their working centers according to the ideas and insights Murrell details. We are overjoyed by the kitchen we created IKEA cabinets and some desparately needed new appliances. This book should be a classic - if you have a small kitchen and a small budget, it will give you both hope and help!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book spells out EXACTLY how to design a kitchen that works for you, without spending the equivalent of a year's tuition at an Ivy League college. Packed with incredibly useful information and superb illustration, the unswerving focus on creating the most efficient kitchen possible is the perfect antidote to the excesses of current kitchen design trends. Using Murrell's insights and ideas, anyone can get a better kitchen for free, just by rearranging their working centers according to the sound design principles he spells outs. We are overjoyed by the kitchen we created IKEA cabinets and some desparately needed new appliances. This book should be a classic - if you have a small kitchen and a small budget, it will give you both hope and help!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on January 13, 2007
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I agree whole heartedly with the other reviewer. This book is an excellent source of practical advise for planning a great small kitchen that won't require spending exorbitant amounts of money. The kitchens shown are all practical, efficient and wonderful to study. Although the book was published 20 years ago it was interesting to see how applicable and contemporary almost all of the suggestions still are. I collect interior design and decorating books/magazines that show you how to make small spaces with small budgets fabulous, and this is the best one on kitchens I own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bufo RN on November 13, 2009
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The emphasis is on 1980s European style, however, many great ideas are shared. The author gives hope to those of us stuck with small spaces as he shows how it really is possible to have a functioning kitchen in a 10' x 8' (or less) space. I particularly like the illustrations on how to build/remodel/arrange cupboards for maximum utility.
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