A kitchenette is a cooking area in motel and hotel rooms, small apartments, college dormitories, or office buildings. It usually consists of a small refrigerator, a microwave oven or hotplate, and, less frequently, a sink. New York City Building Code defines a kitchenette as a kitchen of less than 7.4 m2 (80 ft2) of floor space.
The word kitchenette was also used to refer to a type of small apartment prevalent in African American communities in Chicago and New York City during the mid-twentieth century. Landlords often divided single-family homes or large apartment units into smaller units to house more families. Living conditions in these kitchenettes were often wretched; the author Richard Wright described them as "our prison, our death sentence without a trial".
- ↑ Department of Buildings. "Interior Environment". New York City. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/cc_chapter12.pdf. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
- ↑ Jerry Washington Ward and Robert Butler. "Kitchenettes". The Richard Wright Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, 2008. 220.
- Kitchenettes entry at the Encyclopedia of Chicago
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