The kitchen is such an important part of the home. For many families, it’s the hub of daily activity from cooking to mealtime to homework to game night. For single adults and couples, it’s a place for planning schedules, preparing meals, and socializing. It even doubles as a home office for many people.
Although most of us would love to have more kitchen space, it’s not always possible. What is possible, though, is to maximize the use of the space we have.
Two features that make a small kitchen feel bigger are open counters and plenty of storage. If you have open space to chop, mix and assemble your dishes, the kitchen will feel like a comfortable place to spend some time cooking for yourself, friends and family. These are some of our favorite products to get a few things off the counters and out of the drawers and cabinets.
1. Knife Magnet Strip
Magnet strips are fantastic. They look nice and can be used for knives, spatulas, scissors, whisks, ladles and any other metal kitchen utensils. This way you don’t have to store a set of knives in a wood block on the counter and can free up drawer space for other items.
This is one of our favorites from The Shiksa.
2. Hanging Baskets
Rather than store your apples, oranges, tomatoes, onions, and other produce in the pantry, fridge, or countertop basket, put them in a basket hanging from the ceiling. You can turn a small empty corner that is too small for a cabinet into more storage with one ceiling hook. A hanging basket keeps healthy snacks at your fingertips and makes the kitchen more welcoming.
This is a minimalist style from Sur la Table.
Here’s a rustic style from Bed Bath & Beyond.
3. Hanging Dish Rack
You’ll need to find the right size to fit over your sink, but that’s pretty easy. When you find the right one, a hanging dish rack is just like adding a little more counter space. You can position it high enough to not be cumbersome as you do the dishes and let your plates, mugs, bowls, and silverware drip-dry right into the sink. More space and less mess.
Trade Key has nice design.
Or you can take a cabinet integrated approach like this example in Fine Home Building.
4. Wall Mounted Paper Towel Rack
This solution is very simple and very common. Paper towels need to be handy to be useful, and putting them on a wall-mounted rack makes great use of the small area under a cabinet.
Here’s a simple Bed Bath & Beyond Model featured on Houzz.
5. Hanging Pot Rack
Nothing consumes more drawer and cabinet space than pots and pans. Getting them out and hanging from the wall or ceiling is the perfect workaround. Plus, anything else in your kitchen that has a hook or handle can hang right next to them.
Here’s a great ceiling hanging design from Crate & Barrel.
And here’s a wall-mounted design from Cuisinart.
These are some of our favorite small-kitchen solutions. If you have other suggestions and great product ideas, send them our way. We’d love to hear about and share your answers to the space problem so many homeowners face.