For the amateur chef who enjoys trying the most complex and delicious recipes at home, it gets extremely frustrating to have so little available space for chopping vegetables, keeping pots and knives close at hand and having a convenient place for storing all the seasonings and spices. This daily struggle is well known to anyone living in a small apartment. However, it is not impossible to arrange a fully stocked kitchen even in a small room. Today we will show 20 creative and practical ways to squeeze extra storage out of a small kitchen. Get your chef hat and apron ready and let’s start seasoning a nicely arranged kitchen!

#1 Select an Island with Storage Shelves

The island is that convenient flat surface where you marinate and season meat, chop vegetables, whip eggs and make magic happen turning various ingredients into one yummy dish. If your kitchen is small, the best way to add extra storage is to find an island which has hollow shelves underneath, where you can store plates, cook books, spices, pans or whatever you need while cooking.

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Source: Goodhousekeeping

#2 Make Use of Awkward Corners with Creative Solutions

Some people prefer installing cooking tables against the walls instead of an island in the middle of the room. Installing cabinets under the tables is the next natural option. People who do not want to waste even one inch of potential storage space will design specific cabinets which make use even of awkward corners.

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Source: Digsdigs

#3 Work Around the Architecture of the Room

This clever homeowner installed their sink under the window and used the space to the right and left of the window to install attractive shelves where glasses and jars are kept. This kitchen is really beautiful and makes the best use of the available space and architectural features.

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Source: Buzzfeed

#4 Repurpose Old Shutters

Old shutters or doors make great storage solutions for lids and various utensils, effectively using it as an oversized pegboard. Plus, if you take the time to repaint them with attractive patterns and colors, they also make a nice decoration for the kitchen.

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Source: Housebeautiful

#5 Display Your Finest Plates on Retro Racks

This rack could very well have been extracted from an old cabinet for tableware. Or it could have been purposefully built by the crafty homeowner. Whatever the case may be, it looks great, is nicely installed to allow dishes to dry out after washing and adds some much needed storage space to a small kitchen.

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Source: Cutediyprojects

#6 Clever Storage for Knives

A jar filled with bamboo sticks is  a very simple and safe way to store all your knives. It may seem as an overly insignificant way to get extra storage out of a small kitchen, but every little inch matters, especially when it comes to adding more safety to the manner in which you keep sharp knives stored.

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Source: Architectureartdesigns

#7 Hang Pans Above the Island

This arrangement is popular in kitchen design all over the world. It is ergonomic and saves a lot of space in a tiny kitchen. You can find ceiling hanging racks in all home improvement stores, and they are simple to installed by a craftsman. The mesh platform can be used to place freshly washed plates and pots to dry out.

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Source:  Brit

#8 Another Great Use for Stepladders

Wooden stepladders have proven time and time again very useful in many surprising ways. In this case, an old double stepladder was split in its two parts and turned into a lovely shelf system for dishes. Just keep the pets and children away from this delicately balanced arrangement.

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Source: Digsdigs

#9 Mesh Rack for Pasta Boxes

Long and thin, pasta boxes, as well as aluminum foil containers can fit perfectly in a narrow mesh rack installed on the inner side of the kitchen cabinet door. This simple solution can save you lots of space, if you remember that every vertical space can be used with a little DIY work and imagination.

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Source: Apartmenttherapy

#10 Create A Special Sliding Shelf for Cans and Spices

Need is the best teacher – this saying is very true if we look at the clever solution found by this homeowner. As you can see, this person really loves preserves and convenient cans of food and uses various seasonings and spices. This very narrow sliding shelf provides order and a great extra storage space for all the cans and spice bottles.

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Source: Goodhousekeeping

#11 Use the Space Under the Sink to the Maximum

An award should go to this resourceful homeowner who really squeezed out all possible extra storage space out of her small kitchen. The clever system of pull out drawers can store lots of cleaning supplies and other items, helping this woman keep her kitchen neat, clean and free of clutter.

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Source: Buzzfeed

#12 Install Swivel Chairs

Sometimes, in order to save space you need to do more than create extra storage space. In this tiny kitchen, proper chairs would create too much clutter. The solution? Swivel chairs who can be tucked away inside the cabinet after breakfast is over.

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Source: Housebeautiful

#13 Tuck Away Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are necessary while cooking, but can prove quite bulky to put away in a small kitchen. This very simple rack (you only need a few pieces of wood, nails and glue) solve the problem in a neat and effective manner.

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Source: Cutediyprojects

#14 Order Pans by Size

This slide out rack is a very clever solution for lots of pans of different sizes. All you need to be careful is to arrange them by size. As you slide in the rack, they will nest one inside the other, taking up very little space.

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Source: Architectureartdesigns

#15 Magnetic Stripes

Magnetic stripes are extremely useful for keeping various metallic items neatly stored. In the kitchen, it can be stored to arrange knives, with the caution that you must install the stripe in such a position that you do not risk injuring yourself as you reach out to grab a knife.

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Source: Brit

#16 Make Better Use of Cabinet Shelves

These simple stackable metallic shelves can be configured to fit inside existing cabinet shelves and create more storage space for your tableware. You can buy them ready made or order them to size according to the available space inside your kitchen cabinets.

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Source: Apartmenttherapy

#17 Display What You Can’t Tuck Away

This proud homeowner mixed esthetics with the practical by creating this simple display system on one of the sides of a kitchen cabinet. The best pieces of tableware were installed here to be admire by all friends and other guests. And some very needed storage space was created as well.

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Source: Goodhousekeeping

#18 A Touch of Style

This restaurant style etagere is both beautiful and useful for adding extra storage space to your small kitchen. It is one of those examples when personal touch adds incredible charm to  a small room by using an original and unexpected item to create more storage space.

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Source: Housebeautiful

#19 Rustic And Useful

An old pallet was cleaned and primed, becoming a clever and rustic solution for hanging pots, mugs and towels. This is also a very environmentally friendly storage solution, by recycling wood.

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Source: Cutediyprojects

#20 Wicker Baskets

Wicker baskets will never go out of fashion. There is something charming and timeless in their simple and practical design. This resourceful homeowner found an attractive way of creating extra storage with a few wicker baskets. Absolutely beautiful!

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Source: Architectureartdesigns

Now that we have reached the end of our list or recommendations for ways to squeeze extra storage out of a small kitchen, we hope that you have found at least a few ideas which you will apply in your own home. Good luck and don’t forget to share some of your own ideas for creating extra storage with us!


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