A small kitchen can be hard to work with, especially when you don’t have room for all your essentials, let alone items you want to add to your kitchen just to spruce it up. As annoying as your current circumstance might be, you don’t necessarily have to rip out everything and start from scratch.
Instead, take a moment to look around in search of hidden spaces in your kitchen. Do you have extra room below the sink? Is there empty space in the cabinets or above your fridge? These are just a few of the many hidden spaces you can transform into functional storage options.
Here are even more hidden kitchen storage ideas to get you started as you revamp your kitchen:
You know that space between your cabinets and the floor? Did you know that you can install something called a toe-kick drawer to take advantage of that awkward yet spacious spot near the ground?
It’s true! Toe-kick drawers are thin and flat, making them easy to fit in small spaces. Despite their size, toe-kick drawers can store smaller items, such as cutting boards or cookie sheets, to free up some cabinet space.
A lot of people don’t realize that you can make use of the space in front of kitchen sinks and stovetops. Most drawers are on either side of sinks and ovens, but the reality is that you can actually install something called a tip-out tray directly in front of these must-have kitchen necessities.
The best part is that tip-out trays are essentially functional drawers. So, why not install a tip-out tray in one of these places? They don’t take up a lot of internal space, and it’s easy to use them as a place to store kitchen sponges, brushes, dishwasher pods and other small items that don’t really fit anywhere else.
Use the blind corners
Nearly every single kitchen has a corner cabinet where everything goes to disappear. In other words, things get stuck way in the back of the cabinet, never to be seen again. Luckily, there are many ways to make these types of corner cabinets much more usable and functional.
For example, you can install pull-out drawers or even a Lazy Susan, making it easier for you to find items that you need when you need them. Use your imagination to get creative with this space!
If you’re still struggling with storage space in your kitchen, you can always add extra shelving to empty walls. While the best shelves will depend on the design of your kitchen, a good place to start is the space above or below your cabinets. The top of your refrigerator is usually an option too!