The kitchen is the heart of the home but if your pantry doesn’t have much room to spare, you’ve got to make every inch work even harder! Unfortunately, not all of us can afford a large, fancy kitchen. And this goes especially for city spaces where a tiny kitchen feels like an afterthought.
The key to adding functionality and style to a small kitchen is to make every inch count. One way to do that is to extend the storage space in the kitchen. That might seem next to impossible no thanks to the limited square footage but here are clever small apartment ideas to get you started:
Proof that bookshelves are some of the most versatile pieces of furniture you’ll ever need: add one in the kitchen to organize your cooking essentials!
A freestanding shelf, especially slim, petite ones, won’t take too much space in a small kitchen. The storage surface is roomy enough to organize all sorts of cooking essentials including dishware, cookbooks, and baking tools.
Don’t let all that blank wall spaces go to waste. You can make the most out of these often-overlooked spaces by installing open shelving. Open shelves are one of our favorite small apartment ideas as far as extending the storage space goes.
Floating shelves are so sleek, they do not add up to the visual load of the room. They can be installed on any blank wall space. These shelves let you keep all your kitchen essentials within easy reach. You can stash your serveware, dishware, and other culinary tools in plain sight. Best of all, open shelves are quite affordable and easy to install.
Bins and Baskets
If open shelving attracts clutter, add shallow baskets and bins to your pantry shelves to organize your kitchen essentials in its place. Making the most out of these handy bins turns a chaotic kitchen into an orderly and spacious pantry.
To keep your kitchen even more organized, try sticking labels or tags onto the bins so you’ll know what each box contains at a glance. Also, place the bins in the busiest spots in the kitchen so your culinary tools are always within easy reach. For instance, installing metal baskets near the sink allows you to prep your ingredients with ease. You can also use these baskets to dry the dishes or sponges.
Maximize the Cabinet Doors
Make your kitchen cabinet work even harder by installing a mountable rack or organizer inside the cabinet doors. You can use the organizer to gather the loose lids, hang small items, and generally keep your stashed kitchen essentials clutter-free!
Above the Range Organizers
The blank wall above the stove or cooking range is another underutilized space that you can maximize to free up more storage!
Installing metal rods, hooks, or even a magnetic knife rack could turn this naked wall space into a storage area for your cooking utensils. Add a floating shelf to the equation and you’ve got a spot for your spice collection!
Maximize the Backsplash
Don’t leave your backsplash blank, use this space to extend your kitchen’s storage space. You can hang a pantry storage rack, a floating shelf or even a magnetized strip to hold your most used kitchen tools in this spot. This way, all your kitchen essentials are easy to grab, use, and store.
Seasonings on the Go
The cooking area is the busiest spot in the kitchen so all your staples should be kept within an arm’s reach. These staples include seasonings, spices, and dry herbs, which are quite delicate. One of my favorite small apartment ideas in terms of keeping seasonings organized is to store these items in the drawer nearest to the stove rather than in a wall-mounted rack.
By keeping your spices and dry herbs away from sunlight, you’re extending their shelf life. Plus, this area isn’t littered with tiny spice bottles so you have more room for prepping your ingredients as you cook.
Tension rods come in an array of colors and length to choose from. The smaller, thinner ones can be used in and around the kitchen! You can place a tension rod or two in your cabinet drawer to organize your plastic containers, baking sheets, or chopping blocks.
Under the sink, a tension rod could be used as a cleaning supplies organizer. By hanging all the spray bottles on the tension rod, you gain twice the storage space in your kitchen drawer.
You could also use a tension rod to banish clutter in the countertop area. Hang all your dishwashing tools above the sink to keep them well within reach!
Portable Kitchen Cart/Island
If your kitchen is lacking in storage space but it has room for a sizable piece of furniture, we recommend using a wheeled kitchen cart or even a portable kitchen island to add functionality to your cooking space.
A portable kitchen island or cart comes in handy when you have guests. You can place all your essentials on the cart and cook up a storm.
These pieces of furniture add more surface area to a storage-strapped kitchen, allowing you more room to store and organize the kitchen.
Utilize Awkward Space above the Cabinets
Most kitchens have that naked slice of space between the kitchen cabinet and the ceiling. You can use these often-overlooked spaces to maximize storage space and organize the kitchen. For starters, you can place bins and baskets up there to keep all the culinary tools you use infrequently out of sight. You can also stash all your cookbooks in these areas or squeeze in several wine bottle holders.
If these awkward spaces are large enough, you can also install a floating shelf to double up the storage space above the cabinets. Really, there are so ways to maximize the under-utilized spaces above the cabinets!