Kitchen With Sloping Roof Furnishings: Ideas & Tips

Admittedly: Planning a kitchen with a sloping roof is a real challenge – you quickly come up against limits here and there. But an attic apartment compensates for this with its charm and cozy atmosphere. Read here how you can best design and furnish your dream kitchen under the roof.

Living in the Attic: Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages of an Apartment in the Attic

The attic, which once was a storehouse for storing boxes and extra things, now represents a coveted living space. The top floor of the house has many fans who appreciate the advantages of the converted roof: No footsteps or other disturbing noises from above and usually a dreamlike view over the city or the countryside. Skylights let in a lot of light, making the apartment look bright and friendly. In addition, the rooms also have their special charm from an architectural point of view. The cut, layout, and dimensions are often individual and unconventional, giving them an extraordinary atmosphere, not to mention the coziness factor that sloping walls bring. Often the construction elements are visible and provide a special touch.

Disadvantages of an Apartment in the Attic

However, the charming advantages of an attic apartment make special demands on the interior – especially in the kitchen. After all, a functional and ergonomic workplace should be created here. The sloping roof and exposed beams often get in the way of kitchen planners. They make the room smaller and offer fewer options for storage space. The knee height also often causes problems. That’s where roof slopes begin. In some attic apartments, the knee floor is so low that it seems almost impossible to accommodate a dream kitchen here. But now, there are clever, modern solutions for every kitchen space, no matter how angled, that are practical and elegant.

How to Plan a Kitchen With a Sloping Roof

Custom-made kitchens are the perfect solution for kitchens with sloping ceilings, as they allow you to make the most of corners and slopes. Getting advice from a carpenter or a professional kitchen planner is best. He knows the challenges of a rooftop kitchen and can help you design an individual gem. Below, you’ll learn what points to consider during the planning process.

What Shape Is Possible?

An open-plan eat-in kitchen is ideal for a spacious apartment. That is, the cooking and living areas merge into each other and are not separated by a wall. However, there are creative ideas to visually separate the kitchen area from the bedroom and living area: For example, with a dining counter or bar. Do you have exposed beams or even freestanding joists? Re-purpose these construction elements and integrate them into your new kitchen. It can serve as a room divider, for example.

Where to put individual kitchen elements depends, among other things, on the roof’s slope. An L- or U-shaped kitchen is optimal if the work surface does not fit directly against the wall. In this case, the worktop protrudes into the room. Since you have more space in the middle, a wide counter is ideal, accessible from both sides, you should not lightly give away the space under the slope: use this area as storage space.

A kitchen island or peninsula would also be feasible if your space is large enough. Do you also want to integrate the stove and sink into the island? That’s possible, but it means extra work because all connections must be moved to the center of the room.

Furniture Arrangement

The basic rule for kitchen planning is: arrange the furniture according to whether you are right-handed or left-handed. Right-handed people arrange their furniture from right to left, and left-handed people from left to right. Play through a typical sequence of events in your mind: You prepare the food, cook, and clean up at the end. So let’s start with a countertop – this should be at least 30 centimeters wide. Next to it comes the stove (60 to 90 centimeters). Then plan a 60 to 90-square centimeter work surface. The sink and dishwasher follow this, and finally, another surface (between 20 and 120 square centimeters).

Plan enough space despite the sloping roof
Plan enough space despite the sloping roof.
Photo: living4media/ Van Berge, Alexander

Worktop in a Kitchen With a Sloping Roof

The work surface is the heart of the kitchen, where you chop, stir and cook to your heart’s content. It also serves as a storage area for kitchen gadgets such as a toaster, coffee maker, or knife block. Plan generously: 60 to 90 square centimeters should be the minimum. The height of the countertop depends on your height. Between 90 and 94 centimeters is common.

In some apartments, the kneehigh is high enough to place the countertop on the wall below the slope easily. But be careful. When planning, ensure enough space between the head and the ceiling. The distance should be at least 60 centimeters. Setting up the countertop or sink directly under a skylight is ideal. The working area is much brighter due to the light cone falling at an angle.

Lighting for a Kitchen With a Sloping Roof

Skylights have a decisive advantage: they let in a lot of light. During the day, it is, therefore, often so bright that you can do without artificial lighting. When it gets dusk outside, bright recessed spotlights help you prepare dinner. These illuminate corners and angles optimally. Alternatively, you can use LED light tracks or LED spots. Spots are ideal because you can easily install them anywhere on the roof’s slope. There is also a wide selection of different sizes and luminous intensities. Above the kitchen table, pendant lights look good. There are also several variants – for example, with individual lamps, which you can arrange and adjust the height as you wish.

Colors for a Kitchen With a Sloping Roof

Black kitchens are modern, but they stifle kitchens under the roof. Light colors make a small room look bigger. If you don’t like classic white, choose another light color for the whole kitchen – this starts with painting and ends with the color selection of kitchen furniture. High-gloss kitchens look especially elegant. Since they reflect daylight, a small kitchen appears additionally larger. In addition, smooth surfaces are elementary to clean.

A bright kitchen looks bright and inviting under the sloping roof
A bright kitchen looks bright and inviting under the sloping roof.
Photo: living4media/ Wojnar, Radoslaw

Extractor Fan for a Kitchen Under the Roof

Good ventilation is essential, whether it’s food or water vapor smell. Skylights can act as an extractor fan – provided they are in the right place. Those who want to retrofit can install a smart indoor climate system. Special sensors in electric skylights detect when too much haze is hanging in the room and open automatically. But you can also install a modern extractor fan. Experts recommend a “downdraft” for kitchens with sloping roofs, i.e., a retractable extractor hood. There are two solutions for this:

  • Trough ventilation is integrated – usually centrally – into the hob.
  • Table ventilation: This ventilation resembles a flat wall hidden in a ledge behind the hob. When needed, it can be extended upward like a drawer. When switched off, it disappears again and closes flush with the surface.

Create Storage Space and Room

Thanks to modern solutions, more storage space is possible in even the smallest kitchen: dishes and supplies can be accommodated in extra-deep corner cabinets, tray pull-outs, apothecary cabinets, or kitchen roundels. A real space miracle is customized beveled tall cabinets, wall cabinets, or units that reach the ceiling and nestle perfectly into the sloping roof. Clean measuring is the be-all and end-all here. It’s best to leave this to a professional. For high cabinets, experts recommend sliding doors. These cannot hit the sloping wall when opened. When planning, ensure no tall cabinet comes next to the window – this darkens the room.

If you have enough space, you should also plan shelves in the kitchen. Made to measure, they also close well with any sloping roof. You can place smaller items such as cookbooks, spices, or tea here. Or you can mount a shelf board on the sloping wall – this is also possible with the right angles.

Unusual, but a real highlight: a chest or large box that you slide under the sloping roof. It provides additional storage space and is a real eye-catcher.

Custom-made fitted kitchens make the best use of every corner. Even under the slope can be accurately inserted a, wall unit
Custom-made fitted kitchens make the best use of every corner. Even under the slope can be accurately inserted a, wall unit.
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