Kitchens are the heart of the home, where families gather to cook, eat, and socialize. But the size and layout of kitchens can vary significantly between different regions of the world, particularly between Europe and North America. We’ll explore the differences in sizing of kitchens between these two regions and why smaller appliances are needed in Europe. We’ll also look at how the trend of housing builds becoming smaller is forcing Canada and the United States to adapt.
Historical Factors Behind Kitchen Designs
In general, kitchens in Europe tend to be smaller than those in North America. This is largely due to the fact that many European countries have a longer history of urbanization and a higher population density, which has led to a scarcity of living space. As a result, the size of kitchens in Europe has historically been determined by the need to conserve space and make the most of the available square footage. This is why smaller appliances are needed in Europe. Appliances that take up less space are favoured over larger appliances that may not be able to fit into smaller kitchens.
In contrast, kitchens in North America tend to be larger, reflecting the region’s history of suburbanization and the abundance of space in many areas. In addition, the North American lifestyle places a greater emphasis on home cooking and entertaining, which has led to a demand for larger, more spacious kitchens. This has led to the trend of larger appliances being favoured over smaller ones.
The Rise of Compact Kitchens
However, in recent years, the trend of housing builds becoming smaller in North America has forced many Americans to adapt to smaller kitchens and smaller appliances. With the rise of urbanization, there is a growing demand for smaller homes and apartments, which means that kitchens are becoming more compact. In response, appliance manufacturers are creating smaller appliances that are more efficient and take up less space.
The trend of smaller housing builds has also led to a shift in the way North Americans think about the kitchen. Rather than a separate room used solely for cooking, the kitchen is now often integrated into the living space, with multi-functional appliances that can be used for cooking, storage, and even as a work area. Smaller housing builds have driven a change towards kitchen designs that prioritize flexibility and efficiency, where appliances can readily adapt to accommodate the changing needs and lifestyles of homeowners.
In response to this trend, Danby has been manufacturing European-sized appliances for 75 years, offering efficient and space-saving options for modern kitchens. We take pride in being a prominent refrigeration and specialty appliance company in North America, providing distinctive and innovative appliances that have garnered widespread popularity across the continent. Our expertise lies in crafting compact appliances that cater to the needs of smaller homes.