Do you ever dream of upgrading your small kitchen to a large one that would not only be designed to your taste, but would also feature a lot more cabinets, an excess of counter space and more than enough dedicated pantry shelves? Sounds out of reach and expensive, doesn’t it? The good news is, instead of a pricey kitchen renovation, all you need is to know how to maximize kitchen space.
While a new kitchen would be a dream, the reality is you don’t need such a big kitchen after all. If you are organized, a small kitchen can be very efficient and easy to work in! Whether you have a small kitchen or one that is overflowing with necessities or extras, you’ll want to make sure you’re using every square inch to make the most of your existing space.
Set aside time this week for a kitchen makeover that won’t blow your budget. Try these helpful tips and products to maximize storage space in your kitchen and make your small kitchen work for you!
15 Helpful Tips to Maximize Kitchen Space
- Make your fridge more efficient by adding a lazy Susan for easier access, and add shelf risers to maximize vertical space.
- Line up matching bins, glass jars and baskets to organize designated pantry items. Removing packaged foods from their cardboard boxes saves space.
- Save cupboard space by adding a hanging pot rack or hooks on the walls for frequently used pots.
- Use easily stackable nesting bowls and measuring cups to best utilize drawer or cupboard areas. Items that don’t nest take up excess space.
- Hang open shelves in the kitchen or pantry to make the most of your kitchen’s available vertical spaces.
- Add over-the-door wire racks to doors for cans and extra pantry items.
- Use risers inside kitchen cabinets to optimize space.
- Add a rolling freestanding island or kitchen cart with a drop-leaf surface to expand counter space. Attach hooks or a towel rod to the side for additional storage.
- Utilize the backs of cupboards by adding over-the-cupboard organizers, painting them with chalkboard paint for grocery lists, or posting a corkboard to pin recipes. Attach magnetic boards and magnetized spice holders to cabinet doors.
- Add a wall-mounted magnetic knife holder to free up drawer or counter space.
- Organize the area below the sink with rolling storage drawers, risers, an over-the-cabinet basket, or a lazy Susan for cleaning supplies.
- Place a crock by the stove to hold your most-used kitchen utensils to free up drawer space.
- Add baskets in the empty spaces above your cabinets to keep items you use less often, like turkey pans and holiday-themed cookie cutters.
- Get into the habit of having a clean sink at the end of the day. Dishes in the sink make your kitchen feel more cluttered and could attract unwanted pests. Remember that a clean and tidy kitchen will feel like a more spacious kitchen!
- Lastly, pare down excess items, keeping only what you really need. Remove any small appliances you rarely use (give them away, sell them, or store them). Throw out anything that doesn’t work or that isn’t useful. Keep only your favorite dishes, utensils, kitchen towels, etc.
Once you’re all organized, step back and admire your budget kitchen makeover!
More Help with Kitchen Storage:
- How to Organize Your Kitchen Countertops – 5 Ideas
- How to Organize the Kitchen So It’s Easy to Maintain
- 13 Tips for the Most Organized Kitchen Ever
Editor’s Note: Published September 30, 2015; updated June 24, 2020.