7 Ways to Maximize Storage in Your Small Kitchen

by Jonathan DeesingDecember 5, 2017

I love my small kitchen. It’s cozy, everything is within arm’s reach, and it’s easy to clean up. The one thing I do struggle with is finding places to store all my stuff. I never realized just how many kitchen tools and appliances I owned until I moved into a house with a small kitchen. If you too suffer from small kitchen syndrome, don’t fret. Here are 7 helpful kitchen storage tips that will make sure you get the most out of your kitchenette.
Opened wooden kitchen drawer with accessories inside.

Go Cart it up

If you have a small kitchen, there’s a good chance you don’t have enough floor space for a kitchen island. However, most kitchens have enough room for a kitchen cart. Spare space at the end of a cabinet is a perfect spot for a kitchen cart, which is also much cheaper than kitchen islands. And because most carts have wheels, you can easily move it if it’s ever in the way.

Use Doors for More

Pantry doors are a great place to gain a little extra vertical storage. Door organizers come in all shapes and sizes and depending on what you need it for, you can even use something like a hanging shoe organizer. And don’t forget about the insides of your cabinet doors, either! A hanging spice rack can free up serious space inside your cabinets.

A shoe organizer stock image.via Walmart

Fake Drawers No More

When you’re really squeezed for space, you can’t have fake drawers in your place. The cabinet facades typically found in front of kitchen sinks can be replaced with a variety of kits that are cheap and easy to install. These make a perfect place for sponges, tools, or anything else you want to have on hand.

Look Under Your Sink

As long as you’re hacking your kitchen sink, look under the sink for some real space hogs. One of the best ways to mitigate space wasters under the sink is to install a sliding tray, which gives you quick access to all your cleaning supplies. Pullout shelves can fit in any large drawer in your kitchen and are perfect for pots and pans.
Pull out drawers in a kitchen for storage space.

Store Stuff ‘ON’ Your Fridge

That big magnetic box in your kitchen is more than just a display board for macaroni projects. Use your fridge for magnetic storage containers that can hold everything from utensils to spices. Or make your own specialized containers to match your style and space.

Install Magnetic Strips for Utensils

And while you’re playing with magnets, a magnetic strip can really free up drawer space, especially if you use a lot of metal cooking utensils. Knife strips are typically pretty cheap, but you can go even cheaper with a DIY option. And the best part is that you don’t need to worry about dulling your knives by sliding them in and out of a knife block.

Knives lay on a knife strip.via Crate & Barrel

Shelf Your Backsplash

When you’ve maximized all your other space options, it’s time to use your walls for more than holding up wallpaper. Just one small shelf can eliminate countertop clutter. And even if home improvement projects aren’t your strong suit, installing a floating shelf is the perfect entry-level DIY project.

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About The Author
Jonathan Deesing
Jonathan Deesing is a home improvement and real estate writer who has written for Auction.com, Modernize, and Apartment Guide. When he's not fixing up his duplex he splits time between running and beekeeping.