Not all homes are blessed with large, professional-grade culinary spaces for streamlined meal preparation. Small kitchens can still function perfectly well, even though they lack expansive cabinets and large islands. The issue with tight kitchens is that most homeowners and renters don’t utilize all of the space available to them.
Don’t let alcoves go to waste; use these seven ideas to store small-scale cooking accessories and foodstuffs.
1. Plate Drawers
Optimize drawer space by outfitting them with movable pegs or wire racks. Plates and bowls can be placed within arm’s reach rather than in upper cabinets where they risk falling and breaking.
2. Pull-Out Pantry
Rather than rummage through jars of spices and extracts, install sliding cabinets for easier access to cooking supplies used less frequently. Sliding pantries also aid in organization, and their narrower structures can be customized to fit a certain number of jars per row.
3. Multi-Functional Countertops
A lack of counter space can cause difficulty when chopping fruits and vegetables. Rather than taking up precious workspace, consider installing sliding cutting boards under counters. For easier cleanup, install pull-out chopping blocks right above fixed disposal bins. Cut small holes so food scrapes can be easily brushed into garbage bins without carrying messes across kitchen floors.
Some kitchens in newer homes for sale feature divot-like bowls integrated within countertops. These resting areas allow cooks to set down cylindrical ingredients without worrying about them rolling off edges and making messes on the floor. Storing circular fruits and veggies on countertops also frees up fridge space and eliminates over-crowded shelves.
4. Door Hangers
Homeowners with small kitchens should utilize every nook and cranny for their kitchen supplies. Command hooks are great for hanging light culinary materials such as wooden spoons and rubber spatulas. Stick magnetic boards onto the inside of cabinets to hang recipes and grocery lists without cluttering the fronts of fridges. Heavy-duty supplies, including metal colanders and stove pots, can be hung using pegboard.
5. Ceiling Stowaway
Culinary professionals sometimes install large racks to hang pots and pans from ceilings. However, small-scale ceiling hangers are available for homeowners to stow their cookwares up and out of the way. Use these fixtures to rid cabinets of superfluous frying pans while adding unique hanging décor to plain kitchens.
6. Wire Cabinet Shelves
Large vertical spaces between fixed cabinet shelves can be frustrating, especially when it feels like shorter items don’t fit efficiently. Rather than remove and reinstall wooden shelves inside cabinets, place removable wire racks in between them. This way, smaller objects take advantage of single areas in an organized fashion.
7. Rolling Carts
Mimic the look of islands in compact kitchens using mobile, rolling carts. Carts add extra counter space, increase the number of storage shelves and serve as convenient bar carts for entertaining. Narrow carts can be placed in awkward gaps between cabinets and refrigerators, successfully filling unused square footage and providing nooks for wine bottles, dried goods and condiments.
Some of these storage options may require a bit of do-it-yourself work, so renters might consider searching for updated apartments with ample storage readily available. Otherwise, consult landlords before replacing countertops or any structural kitchen features in attempts to optimize storage.
Article by Jennifer Riner of ZillowImage Credits: Urrutia Design