One of the most exciting things when moving into a new home is to shop for furniture and appliances. It’s like playing a simulation videogame but in real life! The problem is that not all homes are equal when it comes to space. Some are extra roomy, but many more are quite modest.
That’s why you should be very conscientious when buying home appliances. The Philippines’ real estate offerings nowadays, especially condo units, only have 50 square meters of space or even smaller. Thus, you need to be strategic to make the most of every available inch. Otherwise, your home will feel quite cramped.
To help you get started, here are some home appliances to include in your shopping list:
An Electric Stove or Induction Cooker
What’s great about electric stoves and induction cookers is that you don’t need an LPG tank to make them work. You just have to plug them in and you’re ready to cook your favorite dishes. Without an LPG tank, you’ll have a lot more space for storage and other appliances. What’s more, many electric stoves and induction cookers are sleek and thin, so they won’t take up too much space on your counter.
An Oven Toaster and/or a Microwave
When it comes to buying home appliances for small spaces, you have to think of their versatility. For example, you can use an oven toaster to toast bread, cook pizza, bake muffins, and even roast chicken! With just a bit of research, you can cook a veritable feast using only an oven toaster. If you’re truly short on counter space, some two-tier models are slimmer but a little taller.
If you have a little more space or if you’re more of a “buy food, reheat later” type, you should get a microwave oven. Aside from thawing and heating your food quickly and evenly, you can also use it for cooking. Steamed vegetables and fish, mac and cheese, and mug cakes are some of the easiest things to cook using a microwave.
An Instant Pot
An instant pot is like a Swiss Army knife: it’s multiple tools in one. In this case, an instant pot is like having seven cooking appliances in one: a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, a saute pan, a yogurt maker, and a warmer. This appliance is perfect for cooking enthusiasts who only have limited space to store different kinds of pots and pans.
A Rice Cooker
If you’re not that much of a cook but still want to experiment from time to time, a good old rice cooker can do wonders. Not only can you cook perfectly fluffy rice, but you can also steam vegetables, boil eggs, and even make cakes using your rice cooker. There are also plenty of recipes you can find online if you want to experiment.
An Electric Grill
For those looking for alternative and healthier ways to cook than frying, an electric grill is an answer. In addition, not only is this kitchen appliance easy to clean, but it is also smoke-free. The latter is particularly beneficial if you live in a high-rise building equipped with smoke alarms. You also don’t have to worry about getting charcoal and not having enough space to set-up a traditional barbecue grill. If you need a little more flexibility, there are also electric grills that can be used to roast food.
A Slim Refrigerator
Nowadays, there are plenty of slim-model refrigerators that are specifically designed for small living spaces. They may look a little odd at first because they’re thinner than usual, but you’ll be surprised at how much food you can store inside. This type of refrigerator is, of course, ideal for small families. If you’re a single, young professional, a small personal refrigerator would be more than enough. You can use it to keep drinks cold, as well as keep fresh produce and store leftovers.
A Wall-Mountable LED TV
You’re not likely to find bulky, boxy CRT TVs in-home appliance stores unless you visit second-hand shops. However, the “problem” with LED TVs is that they still take up a lot of space; that is if you don’t mount them on the wall. Most LED TVs come with brackets, but you can also buy separate brackets with tiltable heads and extendable arms.
Wall or Ceiling Fans
The key to saving a lot of space in your humble home is to keep a lot of your appliances up and off the floor. Therefore, the best electric fans to cool down your home are wall fans and ceiling fans. Wall fans are better for smaller spaces like a bedroom. Ceiling fans, on the other hand, are better for bigger areas like a living room. This is because ceiling fans can move more air and thus provide more even cooling.
Here’s a quick final tip: if you can choose light-colored appliances or at least those with reflective surfaces. This will help make your space look fresher and bigger. Combined with all our previous points, you should have a small but well-furnished space in no time. Happy shopping!