My one bedroom apartment (~495 sq. ft. I believe) has just 35 linear inches of counter space
. With a dish rack beside the sink, I'm left with just 20 inches on the other side. I just use my dining table for preparing food, but it is a pain having to get it cleaned up too if I'm entertaining. As a bachelor, most of my meals are eaten in my underwear on the couch, so I deal with the mess later.
My stove/oven is full size, though electric
, and my sink is a shallow little single-basin thing. I was given a microwave, and have to keep it on top of the fridge due to lack of space.