7 Ways to Maximize the Kitchen Counter Space in Your Home

by Alex ThatcherJanuary 3, 2019

Kitchen Counter Crunch? These Tips Will Get You More Counter Space Without a Full Remodel

Lack of counter space is one of the most common reasons why homeowners spend a large amount of their hard-earned money on full kitchen remodels. But you don’t have to spend a year’s income to increase the amount of your counter space if you don’t want to.

There are several ways you can make the most out of what you have. Here are seven tips to help you maximize your kitchen counter space, so you can prepare your food easier and with less stress.

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1. Place a Cutting Board Over the Sink

In every kitchen, the sink often takes up a generous slice of counter space. So, your usable space is already reduced from the start. But instead of leaving that open space unusable, place a cutting board over the sink to increase your food prep area.

As long as the cutting board you use is wider than the sink, you’ll be fine. As a side benefit, if you need to wash or rinse vegetables, the faucet is right there.

2. Hang Pots and Pans From the Ceiling

Installing a ceiling-mounted rack to store your pots and pans will not only make your kitchen look great, but it will also keep all your hardware exposed, so you can simply choose the pot you need instead of rummaging around in a cabinet or drawer for it.

Another way this helps boost your counter space is that with your pots and pans out of the cabinet, you can now use that space to store other pieces of equipment that would otherwise sit on your counters.

3. Use a Rolling Cart

A rolling cart is a perfect solution for a tight kitchen because its cutting board top adds another place to prep food, and it also contains plenty of additional storage below. Plus, when you’re not using it, you can just roll it away and store it nearby.

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4. Get Rid of the Butcher’s Block

The butcher’s block is a staple in most American homes – it’s a large wedge of wood that serves as storage for your knives. But a butcher’s block is essentially a hiding space for unwanted bacteria, and it also takes up a chunk of your counter’s real estate. Install a magnetic knife holder instead and you’ll enjoy more counter space and cleaner knives.

5. Use Corner Shelves

The corners of a kitchen counter are often poorly utilized spaces. But, using shelves designed especially for the corners will help clean up your counter and make everything easier to find and use.

6. Use Your Backsplash

If your kitchen doesn’t have a decorative backsplash, then why not utilize it for extra storage? You can install a rail and hanging basket system to hold your cooking and baking essentials, so they aren’t sitting on your countertop.

7. Extend Your Counter

Some kitchens have counters that abruptly end, well before they reach the wall. This gap was probably originally meant for the refrigerator or oven, only to have the previous homeowners change the design at the last minute. Instead of using the space for your garbage can, extend your counter space by installing a shelf over it.

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Get Creative, Save Money and Enjoy a More Efficient Kitchen

The above tips are just a few of the easy and affordable ways you can maximize your counter space without taking on the expense and stress of a full kitchen remodel. Before planning a remodel, take a close look at your kitchen’s footprint and think of creative ways you can expand the size of your food prep area. You’ll save a ton of money and enjoy a cleaner and more efficient kitchen.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.

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