Don’t let a small kitchen bog you down. Here are a few smart ways you can make optimal use of the storage space available and make your small kitchen function as well as a larger one.
1. Make Maximum Use Of Open Shelving
Use open shelving to store things that you use every day, to keep them within easy reach.
2. Give Those Hard To Reach Areas Some Credit!
You can put the high ceiling of your kitchen to work by installing shelves or cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. It’s absolutely alright that you won’t be able to reach them easily, since you are going to be stowing away the less frequently used items there, freeing up a lot of space in the lower cabinets.
3. Reserve Some Space For Kids’ Supplies
You can reserve some space in your kitchen island for your kids’ art supplies, for times when you’re busy cooking and want to keep an eye on the little ones. Keep the shelves easy to pull out for the kids to be able to access their stuff easily and put it away once they’re done.
4. Hang Those Pesky Pots
Mount a rack on the kitchen ceiling and use it to hang pots and pans from. It won’t just free up precious cabinet space, but also add an interesting focal point to your kitchen!
5. Handy Spice Storage
You can also store frequently used spices in a handy drawer instead of a wall mounted rack for easy access and to protect them from moisture and sunlight.
6. Use The Island Strategically
Kitchen islands aren’t just an extra work surface. You can use them as great storage spaces by building shelves and drawers all around them and put them to more than one use.
7. Put Corners To Use
Use a carousel style rack that allows you to increase your storage space while being able to reach for items at the back.
8. Customize, Customize, Customize
The best way to make use of every possible inch of storage space in your kitchen is to customize your cabinetry. You don’t have to stick to any standards of sizes, heights etc. and can customize it as per your needs and requirements. You can even use tiny vertical or horizontal leftover spaces to create pull out shelving and figure out their use later. Even the toe-kick area can be put to good use by adding drawers to store placemats, baking sheets or even wine bottles.
9. Organize Your Drawers
Placing dividers (custom-made or store-bought) helps keep drawers organized and the items easy to retrieve. Your storage space might reduce a little bit with the space they occupy, but they make life a lot easier by keeping things segregated and easy to see and take out.
10. A Place For The Pots And Pans
Don’t pile your pots and pans on top of one another at the back of your cabinets. Store them in drawers for ease of use.
11. Use Vertical Pull-out Racks
Don’t underestimate the importance of vertical storage space! When designing your kitchen cabinetry, don’t forget to keep aside lean, vertical spaces to store your spice racks. This doesn’t just give you easy access to the spice jars, but also keeps the spices away from light and protects their flavor.
If you are lucky enough to have a window at the far end of your kitchen, you can get yourself a perfect window seating with additional kitchen storage underneath!
13. A Stairway To Storage!
If your kitchen happens to be next to a staircase, you have reason to rejoice, for you just discovered tons of storage space for your kitchen! Use strong baskets inside the drawers or shelves that you build, to keep items segregated and within easy reach.