How to Create More Space in Your Tiny Kitchen

One of the most common areas of the home that clients need help with is the kitchen. Our love of small appliances, kitchen tools and gadgets often leads to too much stuff and not enough space. Besides needing to store kitchen items, you want easy access so you can actually use them. Here are our top tips for creating a functional kitchen if you don’t have a spacious, open floor plan with ample built-in storage options:

Use your vertical space.

We like to add shelf risers to take advantage of all the space in those cabinets. Another way to use vertical space is to store sheet pans, cutting boards, and serving trays upright - we like using this adjustable IKEA lid rack as a guide. Storing vertically not only saves space, it cuts the time it takes to reach each item -- because there’s nothing worse than needing that casserole dish at the bottom of the stack and having to take everything out of the cabinet for access.

 Photo by Josie Floyd

Photo by Josie Floyd

 

Utilize the space on the backside of cabinet doors.

Interior door space adds a ton of physical storage area and keeps things tucked away to reduce visual clutter. So add hooks and narrow shelves where you can, just be sure you can still close the cabinet doors!

 Photo by Sarah Bode Clark

Photo by Sarah Bode Clark

 

Consider what you really use and need.

Many of our clients have more dishes than they could ever need in a lifetime. For a household of 2, the chances of ever using more than 10-15 dinner plates at once is pretty slim. Consider how often you run your dishwasher (if you have one!) and how often you turnover those same dishes that are at the top of the stack. The ones near the bottom are probably getting lonely and collecting dust, which means it might be time to donate them.

Don't forget the walls.

Pans are a traditional kitchen tool to hang, whether flush on a wall or suspended over a countertop. Hanging provides easy access and a visually interesting corner of your room -- just be sure to take into account the weight of the pots and pans (hello cast iron!) and use wall anchors.

 photo by Sarah Bode Clark

photo by Sarah Bode Clark

 

Add turntables.

These spinning dishes are one of our favorite kitchen (and bathroom) hacks. They make for easy access of items in awkward spaces, allowing you to actually reach items in the back of a cabinet.

 Photo by Sarah Bode Clark

Photo by Sarah Bode Clark