Tips to Maximize the Space in Your Tiny Kitchen

Your kitchen is downright tiny with limited storage, seating and counter tops. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can maximize every last inch of space in your small kitchen to make it as functional as possible. Here are a few ideas.

Know Your Kitchen’s Measurements

To make the most of your kitchen’s limited storage, take careful measurements of the entire space as well as the cupboards, counters and any nooks and crannies. This way, when you are shopping and you see something that might work as a storage solution, you can quickly compare its size to the measurements to see if the item will fit. Knowing exactly how much space you have to work with will also help you accurately determine your small kitchen remodel cost, should you decide to one day redo the space. Deciding which kitchen remodeling options you want involves knowing which design ideas will maximize the room’s function, and what is already working well in the small space.

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Create a Skinny Pantry

Look for small spaces in your kitchen where you can tuck in a narrow storage unit on wheels — a prime location is often between the fridge and the wall. The skinny shelving can be used as a portable pantry that holds your soups, cans of tuna fish and other essentials, thus freeing up cabinet space for dishes and other things.

Choose a Hollow Island

If you have the room for an island in your small kitchen, choose a hollow one filled with plenty of shelves and drawers instead of a solid unit. Use the island to store your cookbooks and large appliances, and install bars on the side for your towels to hang on.

Add Hooks Inside Cupboards

If drawer space is at a premium, add hooks to the inside of some of the cupboards and use them to hang often-used items like measuring cups and spoons along with pot holders and dish towels. These cooking utensils and accessories are not long, so they can easily fit onto the doors, even when they are closed.

Look up for More Space

If your cabinets don’t go all the way to the ceiling, don’t use this prime storage for silk plants and decorative vases. Instead, store little-used items up there like your pressure cooker, large roasting pan, large tins of cookie cutters and holiday serving dishes. If you have a pretty large amount of wall space above the cupboard, you can also install a shelf to maximize the storage area.

Use Your Oven for Storage

The oven takes up a lot of space in your kitchen, if you are not using it three meals a day, you can use it to store items out of the way. Stack up cookie sheets, metal bowls and cooling racks inside the oven and attach a colorful reminder note to the door reminding you to remove the items prior to preheating the unit. When you use the oven, relocate the metal items to the kitchen counter or other available surface and put them back once the oven fully cools.

When you first moved in and saw how small your kitchen was, you might have felt a bit discouraged. But by looking for storage options in unusual spaces and knowing exactly how much space you have to work with and utilize, you can turn even the tiniest of kitchens into a functional space.

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