How to Add a Dishwasher to a Small Kitchen

Last Updated: 2/20/2024

Author: James Zhao, Sr. Tech Specialist & Alex Park, Product Specialist

Adding a dishwasher to a small kitchen might seem like a challenging task, but it's entirely possible with the right planning and kitchen appliances.

In this guide, we'll explore some practical tips for how to add a dishwasher to a small kitchen, along with considerations for placement, choosing the right dishwasher, and addressing plumbing and installation concerns.

When you begin shopping for the right type of dishwasher to install in a small kitchen, Fotile stands out for its innovative in-sink dishwasher. This award-winning kitchen appliance was designed for people with small kitchens and limited space so they can stop spending countless hours washing and cleaning dirty dishes.

Shop through Fotile’s collection of in-sink dishwashers today and continue reading to learn more about adding this appliance to your small space.

Can You Put a Dishwasher in a Small Kitchen?

The notion of adding a dishwasher to a small kitchen might initially raise concerns about available space and practicality. However, modern kitchen appliances and innovative design solutions have made it entirely possible to have the best of both worlds. With the right strategies and careful planning, you can easily incorporate a dishwasher into your compact kitchen to enhance its functionality and convenience.

When deciding if a dishwasher can fit in your small kitchen, you can explore various space-saving options, like a portable countertop dishwasher. These appliances are designed to fit comfortably without overwhelming your kitchen's layout. Moreover, creative placement solutions, like under-sink or in-sink dishwashers, can effectively utilize previously unused areas and make it feasible to enjoy the benefits of a dishwasher in your cozy kitchen environment.

Tips For Adding a Dishwasher to a Small Kitchen

To further optimize your small kitchen, it's essential to strike a balance between convenience and space efficiency when deciding on dishwasher placement. These tips and placement solutions can enhance the functionality of your kitchen and contribute to an organized and clutter-free cooking environment.

Choose the Right Placement

Selecting the ideal location for your dishwasher is a big decision in optimizing your small kitchen space. To make the most of your available space, consider the following placement options:

In the Sink

Opting for an in-sink dishwasher is one of the most efficient space-saving solutions available. This innovative appliance neatly fits within your kitchen sink, making effective use of existing space while preserving the kitchen's counter and cupboard space.

Additionally, in-sink dishwashers utilize the same water supply and drainage, which further simplifies installation and minimizes the need for additional plumbing modifications.

Underneath the Sink

Installing a compact under-sink dishwasher can maximize small kitchen space utilization and keep the dishwasher discreetly tucked away, maintaining a clutter-free appearance. However, it's essential to note that this placement might limit the size and capacity of the dishwasher and may require adjustments to plumbing connections.

In An Open Corner

Utilizing corners effectively is a smart strategy for adding a dishwasher to your small kitchen. Placing the dishwasher in an open corner maximizes the use of underutilized kitchen areas, allowing you to enjoy the convenience of this appliance without compromising space. Still, it's worth considering that corner placements may pose challenges in terms of access and may require custom cabinetry to accommodate the dishwasher.

At the End of the Counter

Extending your countertop slightly and positioning the dishwasher at the end is another viable option. This arrangement creates a coherent kitchen layout and ensures easy access to the countertop dishwasher, streamlining your dishwashing routine.

Behind Cupboards

For a clean and uncluttered kitchen appearance, consider installing a dishwasher behind your cupboard doors and utilize vertical space. This innovative placement keeps the appliance concealed in cabinet space, allowing you to maintain a tidy kitchen while benefiting from the efficiency of a dishwasher. Keep in mind that this option does remove storage space for other items and could limit the dishwasher's accessibility for loading and unloading.

Choose a Dishwasher That Will Fit

If you’re considering adding a dishwasher to your small space, the dimensions of the appliance are the most important detail. Opt for compact dishwasher models that are specifically designed to fit comfortably within the confines of your limited kitchen space. If you find that there isn't sufficient room to accommodate a traditional under-the-counter dishwasher that’s roughly 18 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 35 inches high, don't worry; there are alternative options available.

For a more specific comparison, Fotile's 2-IN-1 In-Sink Dishwasher measures approximately 35 1/4 inches in width, 19 5/16 inches in depth, and 21 11/16 inches in height. This compact size allows it to fit comfortably into most kitchen sinks while still providing the convenience of a full-size dishwasher. Understanding the dimensions of different dishwasher options ensures that you can select the one that best suits your small kitchen's layout and space constraints.

Consider Plumbing and Installation

Before adding a dishwasher to your small kitchen, it's essential to evaluate the existing plumbing and electrical infrastructure. Make sure your kitchen is equipped with the required water supply and drainage lines to facilitate the proper functioning of the dishwasher. Adequate access to electrical outlets is equally crucial, as dishwashers rely on electricity to power their operations.

While some individuals may feel confident in their DIY skills, it's advisable to consider professional installation services for a smooth and stress-free experience. A proper installation requires a professional who possesses the expertise to assess your kitchen's unique layout and needs, ensuring that the dishwasher is integrated correctly and safely.

Maximize Your Space With an In-Sink Dishwasher From Fotile

Fotile's 2-IN-1 In-Sink Dishwasher emerges as the unsung hero of small kitchens with limited space, offering the perfect blend of space-saving innovation and efficient dishwashing. This compact kitchen appliance boasts an ergonomic countertop-mounted design that eliminates the need to bend down to load and unload dishes like a traditional dishwasher.

By integrating into your kitchen sink, Fotile's in-sink dishwasher capitalizes on every square inch of your limited kitchen space, ensuring that no valuable inch goes to waste. This kitchen appliance is not just a space-saving solution; it's an upgrade that simplifies your daily routines, enhances hygiene, and contributes to the overall aesthetics of your compact culinary haven.

Shop for Fotile's in-sink dishwasher today and embrace modern convenience without compromising on quality.