We hear it again and again: I wish I had a larger kitchen, or I wish I had an island, or I wish I had more cabinet space. Unfortunately, not everyone can have the spacious kitchen of their dreams. So, while you are still waiting for your lottery ticket to win, let’s dive into a dozen creative and resourceful ways you can maximize the space in your current kitchen.
- 1. Display serving dishes above your cabinets
- If your cabinets don’t run all the way up to the ceiling, use the dead space to store items you don’t use on a daily basis, but still add decorative value, such as cake stands, serving pieces, or dishes you only pull down a handful of times a year.
- 2. Take advantage of wall space
- Make your walls do double duty by adding a pegboard for kitchen gadgets or pots and pans. How about securing a fold down table that can be used as extra counter space in a cinch or can be a serving station during your next dinner party? Rather than filling your wall space with kitchen-themed pictures, try adding a few floating shelves to create a coffee or tea station.
- 3. Magnetic strips = magic!
- Skip the counter hogging knife block and keep your knives organized with a magnetic strip instead. The strips can be used for other metal kitchen tools as well! Think about using them to hold your pot lids, measuring cups and spoons, and any other metal gadgets.
- 4. Make a small kitchen appear larger
- By adding glass inserts or swapping out a cabinet or two with open shelving, you can play tricks on the eye and make the entire space feel larger. Be sure to think through your needs before making the swap, as you don’t want to accidentally diminish the storage already available.
- 5. Turn one shelf into two
- Nothing is more frustrating than opening your cabinet only to find the pot or dish you want is on the bottom of a precariously stacked pile. Double your shelf space and get rid of wasted space at the top of each cabinet by adding risers or shelving. There’s no need to compromise on your mug collection!
- 6. Brighten it up!
- While this won’t solve all your storage needs, brightening up your kitchen with light colored paint, extra lighting, or a reflective backsplash will make the space appear larger. There is a reason why white kitchens are so popular!
- 7. Utilize the end of cabinet runs
- Swap out your counter wasting spice rack with some metal spice containers attached to the side of your cabinet with those magical magnetic strips. How about adding some hooks to hang your whisks, spoons and spatulas?
- 8. Look to the inside of your cabinet doors
- This is often the most under-utilized space in the kitchen and makes a great spot for frequently used cooking utensils. Create a chalk board or white board and keep a running grocery list or dinner menu for the week for everyone to see. If you have a full pantry with a closet door, have an organizer installed to hold your canned goods and give up the valuable deep shelving for your bulky crockpot and blenders.
- 9. Add roll-out trays to maximize your drawer and cabinet depth
- Adding a single or double roll-out tray in your cabinets allows you to ready reach pots and pans and turns the depths of the cabinets into valuable storage space instead of a Tupperware black hole. Add a layering piece in your drawers to store a second layer of silverware or organize your gadgets into every day and occasional use.
- 10. Don’t forget about under cabinet mounts
- Have your coffee cup and wine glass within arm’s reach by installing clever under cabinet racks or hooks. Let your glassware double as decoration!
- 11. The secret toe-kick drawer
- In most kitchens, there are several inches of wasted space between the cabinets and the floor. By installing a toe kick drawer, you can put the traditionally wasted space to good use by storing smaller items like aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and Tupperware lids.
- 12. Over the sink cutting board
- Counterspace is always in high demand and we can never seem to find enough of it! By installing or using an over the sink cutting board, you can wash and chop veggies while still having enough room for your sous chef to help prep the rest of the meal.
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