How to Set up a Temporary Kitchen When Renovating
Learn how to set up a temporary kitchen in no time. With a bit of creativity, you can create a functional temporary kitchen during your kitchen renovation.
Pick a room for your temporary kitchen
Pick a room that could be used as your temporary kitchen. This could be a spare bedroom, laundry room or office. Remember it doesn't need to be perfect, as long as it has outlets and a window it will suffice. Close to a sink is a plus, bonus if there is a sink in this room. I used my spare bedroom which has a bathroom close by.
Declutter the space
Once selected, take the time to declutter the space. Although its tempting to throw everything in a box and move it to storage, don't. Take this as an opportunity to go through the items in the room. Decided what to keep, sell or donate. For example, I had a click and grow sitting in my spare bedroom. I knew I wasn't going to use it during the renovation so I sold it! When you transition the room back you'll be so thankful you did! And you'll have less stuff to store during the renovation.
Reuse and Thrift Kitchen Systems
What do I mean by kitchen systems? I mean countertop space and storage for your temporary kitchen. Determine the minimum amount of countertop and storage space you'll need for your lifestyle. Then find items you can repurpose for your temporary kitchen.
If you are gutting your kitchen, use your old base cabinet(s). Or if this is not an option, buy a kitchen island or bar cart on Marketplace. If you need to be really thrifty use an old dresser and put laminate on top. Remember it doesn't need to be pretty, it needs to be functional.
To build our temporary kitchen I created two countertop spaces. I used an old base cabinet for cooking and prepping. Then I purchased a bar cart for a coffee station. By creating these separate areas I had enough room for my appliances and I've been able to keep the space clean.
Temporary Kitchen Appliances
In order to make your temporary kitchen work you'll need appliances. Incorporate what you already own, but consider buying second hand if needed. First and foremost I'd suggest an induction hot plate. It heats up faster than my stove top and I can cook any meal that doesn't require an oven. Then adding in small appliances like a microwave, instant pot, air fryer, kettle or toaster oven.
Now maybe you're thinking what about the fridge? Well depending where your temporary kitchen is, it might be too much work to move your fridge there. And that is okay. Remember it doesn't need to be perfect. Purchasing a mini fridge is an option but its not enough space for most families. With that in mind, move the fridge as close to the temporary kitchen as possible, as long as its accessible it'll work.
Our temporary kitchen is on the second floor but our fridge is on the first. We moved our fridge to the front foyer away from the renovations. We decided we were willing to walk downstairs every time we need something from the fridge. But believe me I'm cannot wait for the day my fridge is in the same space as my stove.
If you're looking to reduce the amount of work you have to reduce a Cutlery utensils plate - to reduce dishes and clutter has one dinner set per person therefore one plate, cup, cutlery. Or if you'd rather switch to paper. For cooking utensils reduce it to the bare bones - one large spoon, ladle, spatula. One large bowl, strainer.
Create a Dish Washing System
Personally I've been using my bathroom sink with a folding table beside with a drying rack. If you'd feel more comfortable you can switch out your bathroom sink for an inexpensive laundry sink while you're renovating. You can use a Rubbermaid utility box to carry in dirty dishes to the sink.