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You Need More Room in Your Kitchen? You Must See These Tricks


Many of us struggle to work with a small kitchen. From not having enough countertop space to not having enough cabinets to store your cooking tools, small kitchens can be the pits. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks that you can use to get more room in your kitchen without starting a major construction project.

If you are like many people, you probably spend a lot of your waking hours in the kitchen preparing meals and gathering with your family. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by the Electrolux group, the typical American family spends more time in the kitchen than any other room in the home.

With the kitchen playing a central role in our lives, it can easily become the messiest room in your home.

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No matter what size your house is, a kitchen needs to be functional, and able to hold your large appliances, and other storage.

When you have a small kitchen, however, it can be difficult to stay organized and make the most out of your space. If you are working with minimal floor space, it is possible to maximize the efficiency of your kitchen without changing your floor plan. To learn how, here are some tricks to help you make more room in your kitchen.

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1. Utilize Your Wall Space for Storage

Once you have filled your cabinets, you might be wondering where you can store additional pots, pans, and dishes. You can always stack items on your countertops, but then you lose valuable workspace. This is when you will need to get creative and use the space around you to your advantage. Since you won’t need to use your walls as a workspace, consider utilizing it for storage in place of your countertops. Once you look around and see how much surface space you have to work with, you will see a world of storage possibilities.

There are a variety of ways for you to use your walls for kitchen storage. For instance, by removing the space hogging knife block and replacing it with a magnetic knife strip, you can free up counter and drawer space. You can purchase a magnetic knife strip, or if you are handy, you can make your own.

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Another way to utilize your walls for storage is to buy a pot rack to hang any additional cookware that didn’t get stored in your cabinets. You can hang these on the walls, or ceilings for a stylish, affordable, and space saving solution for your kitchen. As a bonus, you won’t have to go rooting around your cabinets looking for your pans; they are readily available.

You can also add hooks and shelves on any free wall surfaces. Once you have added hooks, you can hang coffee mugs from them, freeing up any needed space. Depending on the amount of space you are working with, you can store anything from utensils and cups, to an entire mounted shelf for potted plants. Lastly, following Julia Child’s lead, you can install a kitchen pegboard on any free wall space. These can be used to hold and organize anything from pots and pans to dishes and utensils.

Depending on the amount of space you are working with, you can store anything from utensils and cups, to an entire mounted shelf for potted plants. Lastly, following Julia Child’s lead, you can install a kitchen pegboard on any free wall space. These can be used to hold and organize anything from pots and pans to dishes and utensils.

Did you know that you can repurpose home and office supplies to maximize the space in your kitchen? Click on.

2. Repurpose Office Supplies and Home Goods to Store Awkward Items in Your Kitchen

If you are looking to create more space in your kitchen, you probably need more room in your pantry and cabinets as well. When it comes to storing awkward items, it can be difficult to keep them organized. What if you could repurpose your old office supplies to help solve this problem? An ordinary office paper sorter will store your baking sheets vertically in a pantry or cabinet.

The office supply hacks don’t end there; you can also use a mesh office supply organizer to store sponges and dish soap near your sink. Not only will this remove clutter from your sink, but the mesh creates a mold-free environment for your sponges. Another thing that can get bulky are boxes of foil or Ziploc bags. Luckily, you can save drawer space in your kitchen by securing magazine holders to the inside of your cabinets; these fit the Ziploc boxes perfectly.

The office supply hacks don’t end there; you can also use a mesh office supply organizer to store sponges and dish soap near your sink. Not only will this remove clutter from your sink, but the mesh creates a mold-free environment for your sponges. Another thing that can get bulky are boxes of foil or Ziploc bags. Luckily, you can save drawer space in your kitchen by securing magazine holders to the inside of your cabinets; these fit the Ziploc boxes perfectly.

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In addition to office storage, there are several home items that you can repurpose in your kitchen. If you have minimal cabinet space, you can add a towel bar above the stove to hold lids for your pots and pans. This trick is especially convenient if your pots are already hanging on the wall. If you prefer, you can install these towel bars on the inside of cabinets or pantries.

The next tip involves using an everyday home item to get the most out of your pantry space. As you know, the food storage area can get messy easily, and it’s important to maintain organization, especially in a small kitchen. An everyday shoe organizer fits perfectly over a pantry door and holds chips, packets of oatmeal, and small snacks. This will free up shelf space in your pantry. You can also get a smaller pocket organizer for cleaning supplies under your sink.

The next tip involves using an everyday home item to get the most out of your pantry space. As you know, the food storage area can get messy easily, and it’s important to maintain organization, especially in a small kitchen. An everyday shoe organizer fits perfectly over a pantry door and holds chips, packets of oatmeal, and small snacks. This will free up shelf space in your pantry. You can also get a smaller pocket organizer for cleaning supplies under your sink.

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3. Incorporate Clever Ways to Store Kitchen Spices

Everyone can benefit from a little organization; especially with spices, the one kitchen item that always seems to clutter even the largest of drawers. If you are like most people, you may store all your spices in one area and forget about it. You can choose to get a spice rack, but that can take up needed counter space in smaller kitchens. Why take up counter or drawer space when you can incorporate unique and trendy DIY space saving techniques instead? With repurposed baby jars, magnets, and a metal sheet, you can mount your spices to the underside of your cabinets.

This keeps your spices completely out of the way and makes full use of your drawer space. If you have a science enthusiast in the home, you can also make cooking fun and organize your spices in test tubes. Once completed, drill holes into a strip of wood, and mount it on the wall.

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When it comes to maximizing a small space, it’s important to make use of every possible surface and to use your imagination. This means thinking beyond your counters, cabinets, and standard storage areas. For instance, you can turn the side of your refrigerator into a spice rack to free up space. Just empty your spices into magnetic tins, and arrange them on your refrigerator. You can also increase the size of your shelf areas by adding double-decker shelves for spice storage. If your house has vintage décor, you can use vintage dishes or crates as spice holders.

These can be turned on the side and mounted on the wall once you have arranged and organized your spices. Lastly, you can hang your spice bottles directly on the walls using clear spice jars, floral wire, and nails. This modern twist on the classic wall spice rack will bring a fresh look to your kitchen.

These can be turned on the side and mounted on the wall once you have arranged and organized your spices. Lastly, you can hang your spice bottles directly on the walls using clear spice jars, floral wire, and nails. This modern twist on the classic wall spice rack will bring a fresh look to your kitchen.

Have you heard of a lazy Susan? Read on to see how it can maximize your kitchen space.

4. Maximize Corners with Lazy Susan’s

If your kitchen comes equipped with one of those tricky corner cabinets, then you know how frustrating it can be trying to work with them. Even if you don’t have a corner cabinet, you can still make more room in your kitchen using lazy Susan’s in drawers, corner’s, and even on your countertops. You may already associate these rotating circular shelves with food or condiment storage, but it is also an efficient space saving tool. If you do own any corner cupboards, install a lazy Susan with multiple levels of shelving. This will allow you to access space that was previously too difficult to reach and you can designate multiple levels of storage. A lazy Susan is a perfect pantry addition to rotate canned foods, condiments, and other bulky foods that may otherwise get forgotten. You can even add them to the inside of your refrigerator for added food storage.

his will allow you to access space that was previously too difficult to reach and you can designate multiple levels of storage. A lazy Susan is a perfect pantry addition to rotate canned foods, condiments, and other bulky foods that may otherwise get forgotten. You can even add them to the inside of your refrigerator for added food storage.

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Although there are particular Lazy Susan’s for corner cabinets, you can use these in just about any enclosure, in fact, they are perfect for countertops and pantries. If you have a lot of cleaning products, you want to organized they go great under the sink, or even on top of the fridge out of children’s reach. There is even a convenient grab and go solution for the coffee or tea enthusiast in you. You can set up a lazy Susan near your coffee maker with your sweetener, mug, and everything you need so it’s all in one spot. They also make counter top versions of these which will fit perfectly into any corner, allowing you to use every free space in your kitchen. Whether you choose a two-tier, three-tier, half moon, corner cabinet, or full circle lazy Susan, this circular shelf solution is the perfect space saving hack for your kitchen.

They also make counter top versions of these which will fit perfectly into any corner, allowing you to use every free space in your kitchen. Whether you choose a two-tier, three-tier, half moon, corner cabinet, or full circle lazy Susan, this circular shelf solution is the perfect space saving hack for your kitchen.

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5. Maximizing Space with Extra Drawers and Rolling Carts

When you are trying to make room in a small space, sometimes you must use your imagination and utilize every piece of real estate in your kitchen. This is the case when it comes to your kitchen drawers, did you know you can add more drawers to your kitchen? This space saving hack is called a toe kick drawer, which installs conveniently under your drawer units. You can purchase these at Ikea, or other retail stores, or even construct them yourself. This added storage is ideal for cookie sheets, placemats, and other miscellaneous items. The toe kick drawer is an excellent way to use that unused space underneath your kitchen cabinets, creating more room for you to work in your kitchen. You can also convert base cabinets into vertical rollout drawers to create an additional food storage area. This works perfect in kitchens without a pantry, or with smaller pantries.

You can purchase these at Ikea, or other retail stores, or even construct them yourself. This added storage is ideal for cookie sheets, placemats, and other miscellaneous items. The toe kick drawer is an excellent way to use that unused space underneath your kitchen cabinets, creating more room for you to work in your kitchen. You can also convert base cabinets into vertical rollout drawers to create an additional food storage area. This works perfect in kitchens without a pantry, or with smaller pantries.

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Some items in your kitchen take up precious counter space, such as appliances that are frequently used. This is where a rolling cart will come in handy. Not only is it space saving; it is perfect for holding your toaster, or smaller appliances. You can get a storage cart that is specifically designed for a kitchen, these are compact and fit into small spaces. Once you own one, you will appreciate the many benefits of owning mobile storage. If you have a style in mind for your kitchen, these carts can accommodate any style, budget, or kitchen size.

You can choose from rustic wood, chrome, pantry racks, and bins. If you prefer, you can even opt for a rolling island which comes with three cart drawers for extra storage. Whichever you prefer, these rolling carts will get your large appliances out of the way and are perfect to make meal preparation more convenient.

Once you own one, you will appreciate the many benefits of owning mobile storage. If you have a style in mind for your kitchen, these carts can accommodate any style, budget, or kitchen size. You can choose from rustic wood, chrome, pantry racks, and bins. If you prefer, you can even opt for a rolling island which comes with three cart drawers for extra storage. Whichever you prefer, these rolling carts will get your large appliances out of the way and are perfect to make meal preparation more convenient.

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6. Utilize Shelving and Wire Baskets on Top of Shelves

This next trick requires you to use negative space and creativity once again to expand the area in your small kitchen. If you have any space in the area between your cabinets and the ceiling, this is prime storage. Instead of filling it with dust gathering knick knacks, consider building additional shelves. If you aren’t handy, don’t be discouraged. Shelving can be purchased from your local hardware store and installed in that space. Once in place, you can use your new storage space to house fine china, glassware, and vases. This doubles as décor and allows you to store items that you only use a couple of times a year without using valuable kitchen space.

That awkward space above your cabinets is also a great space to hold your cookbooks or other books. Keep in mind that the items in that space should not be things that you need to use daily.

Once in place, you can use your new storage space to house fine china, glassware, and vases. This doubles as décor and allows you to store items that you only use a couple of times a year without using valuable kitchen space. That awkward space above your cabinets is also a great space to hold your cookbooks or other books. Keep in mind that the items in that space should not be things that you need to use daily.

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In addition to the shelving, you can also add wire or mesh baskets in the spaces above your shelves. The great thing about this is, with the right basket, it can act as a décor piece and conceal whatever you are storing. You can also hang plates and other assorted dishes, again, the key here is using all the space. Now look inside your cabinets and ask yourself if you are using that space most efficiently, if there is extra space above your cabinets, you can fit shelves above that as well. Shelves on top of shelves inside a cabinet may sound like too much, but remember we are trying to squeeze the most amount of space out of what you have. The goal is to make the entire room look bigger. Adding stackable shelves inside your cabinets is a perfect way to maximize the efficiency of your cabinet space and achieve this goal.

Shelves on top of shelves inside a cabinet may sound like too much, but remember we are trying to squeeze the most amount of space out of what you have. The goal is to make the entire room look bigger. Adding stackable shelves inside your cabinets is a perfect way to maximize the efficiency of your cabinet space and achieve this goal.

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7. Add Drawer Dividers to Increase the Efficiency of your Drawer Organization

In many homes, the kitchen can quickly collect non-kitchen items like mail, and other junk. To make sure that this doesn’t happen, ensure that everything has a place and that it isn’t your countertop. The next available space is usually your drawers, which can be difficult to organize, resulting in clutter or the typical “junk drawer.” When this happens, you are essentially giving up significant space in your already small kitchen. If you want to make more room in your kitchen, organization is an important factor. If you aren’t using drawer dividers in your kitchen, consider implementing them to save space and organize the items in your kitchen. Chances are pretty good that you have heard of, or already own, the standard plastic cutlery drawer divider, but there are other options. There are several different dividers that you can purchase or build yourself to get the most out of your drawer space.

If you aren’t using drawer dividers in your kitchen, consider implementing them to save space and organize the items in your kitchen. Chances are pretty good that you have heard of, or already own, the standard plastic cutlery drawer divider, but there are other options. There are several different dividers that you can purchase or build yourself to get the most out of your drawer space.

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If you decide to incorporate a space saving drawer organizer in your kitchen, you can do-it-yourself for under $10. The first step is to remove everything from your drawers and arrange it like a puzzle, ensuring that everything fits, using as much space as possible. You can use masking tape, or even Jenga pieces to hold your design in place.

Once you have arranged everything, head to the lumber aisle of your local hardware store and pick up ¼ inch craft board. Next cut the boards and arrange them in the place of the puzzle pieces, secure the pieces in place with a heavy-duty adhesive. If you don’t want your knives on the counter, or on a magnetic strip, you can purchase a drawer knife block and incorporate it into your organization. With this trick, your knives are stored way, won’t slide around, and your drawers remain clean and organized.

Once you have arranged everything, head to the lumber aisle of your local hardware store and pick up ¼ inch craft board. Next cut the boards and arrange them in the place of the puzzle pieces, secure the pieces in place with a heavy-duty adhesive. If you don’t want your knives on the counter, or on a magnetic strip, you can purchase a drawer knife block and incorporate it into your organization. With this trick, your knives are stored way, won’t slide around, and your drawers remain clean and organized.

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8. Use Cabinet Doors and Every Inch of Available Space

Your kitchen can be a very busy place and a source of information for your family. Often, this is the room in the home that stores your family calendar, bills, grocery list, and recipes. Now that we have found room for most of the essential kitchen items, it may seem like everything is full and you are out of room. With a little creativity, you can still squeeze some more space out of your small kitchen. The interior of your cabinets makes a great spot for posting recipes, memos, and grocery lists. There are some unique methods you can use to dress up your cabinets including chalkboard paint, magnetic sheets, and contact paper. Another thing you can do is add corkboard to your cabinets. You can purchase a roll of cork at a local store, then double layer it on the interior of your cabinets with a multi-purpose adhesive and add utensils, or recipes.

There are some unique methods you can use to dress up your cabinets including chalkboard paint, magnetic sheets, and contact paper. Another thing you can do is add corkboard to your cabinets. You can purchase a roll of cork at a local store, then double layer it on the interior of your cabinets with a multi-purpose adhesive and add utensils, or recipes.

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You can also store cutting boards on the inside of cabinet doors using a sheet of ¼ inch thick acrylic plastic or plywood. This same method can be used to store knives, just insert slits into the wood and mount it to the inside of your cabinet door. Another handy trick will utilize the inside door your cabinets to clean up underneath your sink. If under your kitchen sink is cluttered with cleaning supplies and plastic bags, fasten a plastic utility tub to your cabinet.

Make sure you position it through the plastic lip at the top of the container and place it in a way that you can still close the door once your supplies in place. There is an endless amount of ways that you can use this idea to make more room in your kitchen. Whatever you choose to build, “storage behind doors” is an excellent way to maximize your space.

If under your kitchen sink is cluttered with cleaning supplies and plastic bags, fasten a plastic utility tub to your cabinet. Make sure you position it through the plastic lip at the top of the container and place it in a way that you can still close the door once your supplies in place. There is an endless amount of ways that you can use this idea to make more room in your kitchen. Whatever you choose to build, “storage behind doors” is an excellent way to maximize your space.

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9. Downsize to Compact Appliances

You may not have room in your kitchen for the appliances that you currently have, and swapping them out for compact appliances can save you a significant amount of room. If you are worried about sacrificing your fancy equipment, don’t, there are several compact appliances that will offer you the same style and functionality that you had before. When it comes to your stove, there are some high-end models that make a smaller size, and there are also vintage models which are more affordable. To save even more space, you can ditch the stove completely and opt for the toaster oven which saves a lot of room in your kitchen. If you have a double bowl sink, you may want to consider swapping it out for a single bowl, or under mount sink. These come in several different styles that will coordinate with the theme of your home and kitchen.

When it comes to your stove, there are some high-end models that make a smaller size, and there are also vintage models which are more affordable. To save even more space, you can ditch the stove completely and opt for the toaster oven which saves a lot of room in your kitchen. If you have a double bowl sink, you may want to consider swapping it out for a single bowl, or under mount sink. These come in several different styles that will coordinate with the theme of your home and kitchen.

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Although a dishwasher is convenient, when it comes to working with a small kitchen, always choose a refrigerator over a dishwasher. There are several stackable refrigerator-freezer sets less than 15 inches in width that are available for smaller kitchens. You can also save space by building your microwave into the wall or floor space; this will free up your much-needed counter area.

Additionally, you can always purchase appliances like crock pots, food processors, and blenders that will help you in meal preparation. These items are more compact, easier to store, and in some cases, can take the place of larger appliances. If you are worried about storing larger appliances, consider building an appliance garage where you can house your blenders, crock pots, and all your larger items. An appliance garage can eliminate countertop clutter, and can be placed anywhere in the kitchen that is easily accessible, yet out of sight.

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10. Install Pull out Drawers in Your Cabinets and Shelves

There are several different ways to organize your kitchen cabinets and shelves, but perhaps the most efficient is adding a pull-out or gliding drawer in your kitchen. This addition will clear off your counters, the one precious commodity that every compact kitchen needs.

A cluttered countertop not only looks messy, but it also leaves you with nowhere to work and makes your kitchen seem smaller. The first and perhaps the most practical pull out drawer involves installing a pull out cutting board, which can be an extension of your countertops. The slide out cutting board is usually mounted between a top drawer and a countertop, and placed at a comfortable working height. For a more affordable option, purchase a portable cutting board that is made to fit over your sink, preferably one with a removable tray for food collection. This option will save room in your kitchen without breaking the bank.

The slide out cutting board is usually mounted between a top drawer and a countertop, and placed at a comfortable working height. For a more affordable option, purchase a portable cutting board that is made to fit over your sink, preferably one with a removable tray for food collection. This option will save room in your kitchen without breaking the bank.

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You can find a variety of sliding pull-out drawers and cabinet additions at your local hardware store. When it comes to what you can do with these drawers, the only limit is your imagination. If you want to make use of your narrow spaces add a small pull out drawer and store utensils, measuring cups, and other supplies. You can also utilize slide-out racks to store frying pans conveniently next to your stove.

To keep your vegetables and roots in a cool dark place install a pull-out drawer and baskets for instant storage. If you need to have a mobile workstation in your kitchen, but don’t have room for your laptop, and phone chargers, a small pull out drawer is the perfect solution to keep your work safely tucked away from the hazards of the kitchen. Wherever you choose to place them, these additions will increase the room in your kitchen.

If you need to have a mobile workstation in your kitchen, but don’t have room for your laptop, and phone chargers, a small pull out drawer is the perfect solution to keep your work safely tucked away from the hazards of the kitchen. Wherever you choose to place them, these additions will increase the room in your kitchen.

Did you know that you can save space in your kitchen while hiding your sponges? Click “Next,” to see how.

11.  Install Hidden Storage

If you already have a small kitchen, you need all the space you can get, which means you must get creative. Your sink is one area of the kitchen that you probably do not realize is taking up space, but it can quickly become cluttered with dirty sponges, brushes, and soaps.

With that said, you can install hidden storage in a variety of areas including your kitchen sink, which would also allow you to hide your sponges and unsightly scrub brushes.

You can purchase or make your own hidden kitchen sink drawers that fit perfectly under the counter tops and fit all your sponges. After installing your hidden sink drawer, always remember to line the drawers with a breathable liner to ensure that your sponges remain free of mold and mildew.

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Is your bulky paper towel roll taking up counter space? You can hide that too. Keep reading to see how.

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A small kitchen can quickly become cluttered and look messy and crowded with too many items on the countertops. If you want to incorporate hidden storage and save space, a paper towel roll mounted under the counter is a perfect solution. The best part is, they work perfectly right next to your hidden sink storage.

Now that you have your paper towels mounted under the counter, did you know you can upcycle your bulky paper towel roll holder to save even more space? For instance, hang your old paper towel rack on your garage wall and insert a roll of large garbage bags for easy access.

If you enjoy doing crafts or DIY projects, you can use that old paper towel roll to store ribbons and duct tape. Finally, you can upcycle your paper towel roll holder for a stylish and innovative way to display your cooking spoons.

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12. Utilize Pan Dividers

Your kitchen countertops might be clear of clutter, but what lurks underneath is more important than you might think. Keeping your cabinets clear and organized will save you a ton of space, open the room, and make it appear much larger.

If your cabinets are filled with cluttered pots and pans, it can quickly lead to disarray in your kitchen, which wastes much needed cabinet space. When it comes to maximizing the space in any room of your home, organization is key.

If you have already incorporated space saving solutions for your pots and pans and still have a few lying around, adding pan dividers is a great way to save space in your cabinets. Some people love to cook, thus, there are an unlimited amount of pots and pans in varying sizes, if this is you, some metal S-shaped hooks might be a great addition to your pan dividers. These hooks will allow you to hang your pots and pans from just about anywhere you can imagine.

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What about those bulky baking sheets? There is a solution for those too. Keep reading.

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Baking sheets, cutting boards, and muffin tins can get bulky and difficult to store. This is one of those kitchen items that can take up an entire drawer if you do not store them correctly. Fortunately, you can purchase a pan divider that will perfectly organize these awkward and bulky items. These usually work great in the kitchen drawer up high, which you don’t have to access every day.

Another item that tends to get bulky and out of control is Tupperware, so you should get a handle on that as well. Purchasing a Tupperware organizer is a great way to save space in your cabinets, you can even split an entire cupboard in half once you get a handle on all those lids.

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13. Incorporate a Kitchen Table That Folds into The Wall

You may have seen or heard of a Murphy bed before, which allows you to incorporate your bed into the wall to save space in your bedroom. The Murphy bed is a wall bed that is hinged at one end so it can be folded into the wall.

Since its development, there have been several variations including the Murphy desk and the Murphy table, which allows you to apply the same concept in your kitchen. So, you might want to consider ditching your bulky table and save a ton of floor space with a table that folds directly into your wall. This idea might be difficult to get used to, but if you think about it, you only use your kitchen table a few times a day, so it is actually kind of perfect.

If you want to incorporate this into your own kitchen you can custom order one, or you can build your own murphy desk/table.

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Keep reading to find out how your murphy desk can be repurposed into kitchen décor.

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Just because your kitchen is small, doesn’t mean you can’t have stylish décor that reflects your personal taste. If you do incorporate a Murphy table, there are a few things that you can do to conceal your space saving solution with style.

For instance, you can make a foldable picture frame table or turn the back side of your table into a beautiful piece of art. Some people choose to add chalkboard, mirrors, or extra shelving for storage on the bottom of the table as well.

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14. Use a Free-Standing Table as an Island

Many kitchens have a kitchen island, which provides extra storage, workspace, and functionality. These kitchen extras are also visually appealing and usually desired by designers and home owners. You may already have an island in your kitchen, and if you do, you already know it adds a little something extra to your kitchen. If you have a smaller kitchen, however, that dreamy island can quickly become bulky and space hogging.

Fortunately, you can have the convenience of a kitchen island and save the much-needed space in your kitchen when you install a free-standing table in place of your island. This versatile table can double as workspace and storage, which saves you a ton of room.

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Struggling to let go of your kitchen island? Keep reading to see the many benefits of a free-standing table.

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Although it might be hard to make the switch or accept a free-standing table in place of a kitchen island, it will save you the much-desired kitchen space you need. In addition, a free-standing table offers you a much wider variety in choices for size and pricing.

You can purchase free standing islands in varying styles, all of which have different features and functions. A kitchen island on wheels, for example, is a perfect space saving solution because you can roll it to different areas in your home. When purchasing a rolling island, it is best to buy a model with locking and open shelving.

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15. Keep Your Kitchen Light and Bright

The use of lighting, specifically natural light, is a trick that designers use all the time to make rooms feel more open. When a room lacks enough natural light, it can feel cluttered, closed in and stuffy. Alternatively, with the right amount of lighting, even the smallest room can trick the eye and feel more open, functional, and comfortable.

So, how can you incorporate the perfect lighting into your kitchen? The key to kitchen lighting is to use a variety of lighting sources and integrate them with natural light. When planning your lighting, consider the space that you are working with. For example, smaller kitchens with shorter ceilings should use less artificial light.

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What is the best way to let natural light into your kitchen? Keep reading to find out.  

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Natural light is the best lighting for your home, so you will want to make sure that your kitchen has constant access to the sunlight. There are a variety of ways that you can do this. First, make sure that you trim the bushes and trees that block access to your kitchen windows. You should also consider growing indoor plants in your home, which will encourage you to let more natural light into your home to keep them healthy.

Also, make sure your windows are clean and consider adding skylights in your home to shine some additional natural lighting in your kitchen. Replacing your solid front door with a clear, stained, or frosted glass door will also allow natural light to flood in.

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16. Think About Your Sink

It is hard to imagine that switching your faucet could make that much of a difference, but every inch counts and your kitchen sink could be taking up more space than it should. Some sinks have large, bulky handles and switching to an articulated, wall-mounted faucet could give you more control over smaller sinks.

An articulated faucet is mounted to the wall, and it bends at several different points, this gives you more room on your countertops. These faucets come in a wide range of styles, prices, and can make doing the dishes go much quicker. You can even get an articulated faucet installed over your oven to fill your pots and pans quickly.

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There are even more space-saving solutions that you can incorporate with your sink. Keep reading for more.

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If you do decide to incorporate an articulated faucet, you are on the right track to saving precious counter space in your kitchen. There is one more area that your sink can save you kitchen space though that you should consider.

If you are not already using a smaller sink, you should pick an under-mount sink, which will save you a few inches of counterspace around the edges. Although these sinks will save you a few inches of space, you still have one more option to shrink down the overall size of your kitchen.

You can save about a foot of space if you opt for a single-bowl sink, these come in a variety of styles including stainless steel and farmhouse style.

When it comes to storage, you may have to move out of the room. What do we mean? Click, “Next.”

17. Store Your Kitchen Items in Other Rooms

Sometimes, when you are running out of space, you must think out of the box, or in this case, out of the room. You can save space in your kitchen by moving some of your kitchen items into other rooms in your homes. To do this, you can take an old ladder and repurpose it into a shelf in your living room, which will then hold miscellaneous kitchen items.

Remember, every inch of space counts, so when you aren’t using your oven it can be a great place to store some extra items, especially the bottom portion, which is rarely used. You can also add baskets underneath your coffee table and fill them with extra kitchen items for hidden storage.

Although it sounds strange, you can even utilize your bathtub, the top of your microwave,2 and every inch of available space in your home to store kitchen items. This is often found in small New York City apartments, which don’t come equipped with much room.


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Would you like to know more ways to store kitchen items throughout your home? Keep reading!

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As it turns out, all your kitchen items don’t have to be in the kitchen; you just have to get creative. If you get a beautiful curio cabinet or antique hutch, you can store your china and dishes that don’t get used very often. You can also add antique chests, or cabinets with baskets, and fill them with dishes, and linen to save space in your kitchen.

You can also build shelves in your living room and add baskets or hang china directly onto the wall. Sometimes fine china is a décor piece, which can accent you living room on its own and save space in your kitchen.

Your guests will love these unique stools and you will save a ton of space. Click “Next,” to see.

18. Save Floor Space with Hidden Seating

To maximize your kitchen space, you should hide your appliances and storage in every possible corner. When it comes to the seating that you only use during family meals, you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to conceal it. So, if you have an island or free standing table, you can incorporate counter swivel stools, which will perfectly hide your chairs, or you can tuck your barstools away to look like storage.

When selecting the correct barstool for your kitchen, pay attention to the height. Most are available in table, counter, bar height, and extra tall. You should also allow about six inches between each stool for eating and socializing.

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The size of your furniture makes a big difference in your kitchen, keep reading for more!

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If you’re working with a room that is already small, you really need to focus on purchasing furniture that is smaller, which means you should be focusing on minimizing your selections. Furniture with wooden legs or thin metallic legs will take up less space. You should also consider purchasing chairs without armrests.

Also, using multi-functional furniture will serve your kitchen well, for instance, purchase an expandable dining table, which can be tucked away when you are not using it. Additionally, maximize your furniture arrangement to open your space and make the room feel larger.

To do this, you want to scale your larger pieces of furniture to fit your room and allow for even flow. If your kitchen table and chairs block the pathways, it will feel cramped and make your kitchen appear smaller.

What color do you think you can paint a kitchen to make it appear smaller? Click “Next.”

19. Change Your Color Scheme

You are already well on your way to making your kitchen look infinitely bigger, but if you really want to open up your room, the key is in the color scheme. The right color or combination of colors has the power to create the illusion of space, which in turn will make your room appear much bigger.

White is an interior designer’s best friend when it comes to enhancing the space in a room. Since the color white reflects light, it will make your kitchen look and feel more light and airy. If you are not crazy for bright white, you can choose an off-white or soft tone.

Another great color for smaller rooms is yellow or citrus tones, but be careful not to go too dark; stick with more delicate shade like a pale banana. If you aren’t crazy about yellow, lighter sea shades like sea foam green will enlarge your space and create a soothing atmosphere at the same. Lastly, adding a feminine, pastel pink, peach, lavender, or lilac with some darker accents can enhance the size of your kitchen.

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You aren’t quite finished with painting, you need to add contrast to really expand the space. Keep reading.

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Now that you have a freshly painted white, or off-white kitchen, you are well on your way to expanding every inch of your kitchen space. But, if you really want to maximize the room in your kitchen, you need to add some low-contrast colors to your cabinets, accents, and backsplashes to accent your walls. Since the eye naturally looks for color contrasts, and detail, adding low contrasts makes a space feel much larger.

There are so many color tricks that you can incorporate when it comes to expanding the size of your room. You don’t have to be an interior designer, it just takes a little practice and a skillful eye. If you chose cream, light cool colors, or pastels in your kitchen, consider adding low contrast cabinets or furnishings to make your room look larger.

Can shiny appliances make your kitchen look bigger? Click “Next” to find out.

20. Utilize Shiny Surfaces

So, we know that the reflective surfaces of a mirror can bring in the natural light and make a room look bigger, but can the same concept hold true with appliances? It turns out, the reflective surfaces in shiny appliances, glossy floors, tiles, and even satin paints will act in the same way. A good way to utilize this trick is to choose lacquered cabinets, which will reflect the natural light from outside and make your kitchen appear bigger.

If you like do-it-yourself projects, you can craft your own shiny lacquer cabinets yourself with a few simple supplies. You can incorporate the same look on your floors with a laminate, and glossy porcelain finishes.

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If you aren’t afraid of earthquakes, this shiny and reflective trick is great for your shelves. Keep reading.

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Another great trick that will give your kitchen a shiny and reflective surface involves replacing your bulky cabinet doors with a light and airy glass front cabinet door.

Glass doors causes our eyes to travel to the back of the cabinet, which makes the kitchen appear bigger. Additionally, they make your cabinets appear lighter and you won’t have to open the cabinet doors to see what is inside.

After you have installed glass cabinets, you can add a decorative touch, which can transform your home and can showcase your kitchen and make an artful statement. Decorative glass cabinets are available in a variety of designs including antique, modern, and trendy styles. You can also incorporate textured glass inserts with frosted glass.

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