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Two frustrating factors seem to be leading home trends in 2016: Apartments are getting smaller—have you seen New York City's new micro apartments?—and the cost of an average kitchen remodel is on the rise. Thankfully, IKEA has the answer to your space and budget dilemmas. When the Swedish furniture powerhouse released a preview of its new 2017 catalog, one product stood out: a simple white mini kitchen that costs just $112.
The Sunnersta kitchen is certainly in line with IKEA's 2017 "Goodbye expectations. Hello you!" theme. Unlike a conventional stone-and-ceramic kitchen, the simple product is easy to assemble and has changeable elements that can be customized to suit your space. Sunnersta includes a sink, space for a bar fridge, and a single cooktop that can be removed to make a larger countertop. There's also a matching bar cart, which has three shelves and can sit flush against the mini kitchen to create the illusion of one unit.
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Designer Henrik Preutz says he created the mini kitchen for times when "installing a large kitchen isn't necessary, or too expensive and time-consuming," Elle Decor reports. He hopes to "encourage a creative and playful feeling about cooking" and "create an open and welcoming kitchen," regardless of the size of your home.
Itching to see IKEA's new mini kitchen in person? Items from the 2017 catalog will be available in stores across American from August 2016, but the exact date for this product is yet to be confirmed. In the meantime, shop IKEA's Bygel utility cart ($30) to add extra storage to a small kitchen.
Opening Image: Annie Schlechter