Dealing with a small kitchen can be a challenge, especially if you like to cook. But, there are a few different ways to grab some extra space here and there. Here are some great ideas to get the most use out of every inch of your kitchen.
Only Keep the Things You Use in the Kitchen
It always seems that, over time, all sorts of gadgets, utensils, dishes, and pots and pans are accumulated. But, what do you really use? If you have things that you never touch taking up space in a small kitchen, it’s time to get organized. You might even have some things that you could sell for a little extra pocket money. Or, you could donate them to a worthy charity. And, if you just can’t bear to part with anything at all, you can always put everything in storage.
Take Advantage of the Corners
A lazy-Susan is a rotating turntable that is perfect for optimizing the storage capacity of the corner areas in kitchens. They can be used in corner cabinets, both upper and lower. They’re also great on counter-tops, opening up the corners for extra storage areas. They are even designed with tiers, so you can have a rotation shelf for even more room.
Add an Island
If you have the space in the middle of your kitchen, you could have a built-in island installed. You can gain quite a bit of storage space, on top of it, in the drawers, and on any other shelves underneath.
If you don’t have the room for a stationary island, you might be able to use a smaller portable one. You still get all of the extra storage space, and they can roll out of the way when you aren’t using them.
Hang Some Open Display Shelving
If you have any open areas on any walls, you could think about hanging some shelves. They’re great for storing family heirloom pieces that you don’t use very often, creating beautiful displays. You can also use them to store everyday dishes. You could even have a color theme going on with everything on the shelves and coordinate it with the other parts of the kitchen.
Utilize the Tops of the Upper Kitchen Cabinets
If the upper cabinets in your kitchen don’t reach all the way to the ceiling, the tops of them are ideal for shelving. You could use them for cookbooks, dishes that aren’t used very often, ornate glassware to add some sparkle to the room, or pretty much anything. You can even add some decorative touches to further enhance the style of your kitchen.
Countertop Storage Ideas
While the look of clean counter-tops is appealing in all kitchens, the reality is that there will be a few things on the counters at any given time. Some small appliances are a must, as well as a few other things. The key to making it look good is to keep it tidy and organized.
- Some of those small appliances, like coffeemakers and can openers, can be hung, suspended under the upper cabinets.
- Decorative vases are ideal for storing cooking utensils on the countertop. Keep the ones in there that you use most often and you won’t have to worry about any dusting.
- A small basket, big enough for a couple of days mail, will come in very handy. Just don’t go overboard with baskets on counters.
- You can also use plate-racks on countertops to free up some cabinet space.
- Spices can also take up a lot of cabinet space. You can hang small shelves on the back-splash where they can be stored. And, they’ll be easier to get to.
Hanging Ceiling Racks for Pots and Pans
Not only are they functional, but they can look amazing. You can even find hanging ceiling racks with baskets for lids and other smaller items.
It’s all about utilizing every available space that you have when it comes to making a small kitchen work. But, it can be done. And, on the plus side, having a small kitchen is much easier to take care of, especially when it comes to cleaning.