Urban living often requires some creative thinking when trying to make the most out of small or tight spaces. Kitchens are particularly tricky, given all the space needed for appliances and food storage. If you live in an apartment or condo, you may not have the option to renovate or build an addition.
Here are some options to consider if you want to maximize limited kitchen space.
Creating more cabinet and counter space can be as simple as purchasing the right kind of island for your kitchen, such as the one featured at HGTV from JAS Design Build. In addition to the cabinets and drawers, the multi-purpose chopping block gives you a place for prepping and serving.
Rolling kitchen carts are also nice since you can easily move them around to fit your particular space, and drop leaf carts provide additional space when you aren’t using the entire surface. If you are on a budget, or a do-it-yourself kind of person, you can always make your own kitchen island.
If there’s not enough space for extra furniture in your kitchen, you can always store items on top of cabinets, lining the counters, or any other free space you haven’t used. To make it look less cluttered, use clear or decorative glass bottles, which is another way to display and organize seasonings so that you know what you have in stock. Wall racks and knife magnets are easy to install and provide additional storage without cluttering up your counters. Additionally, drawer organizers, sliding shelves, and multi-tiered kitchen turntables are all cheap items that help create more space inside your cabinet for utensils, non-perishables, oils and spices.
Any savvy chef will tell you that you don’t always need all the gadgets that can quickly crowd a small kitchen. Use your blender as a food processor, or get rid of your toaster if you have a small toaster oven. Think about the small appliances and accessories that you use the most, and pare down to the bare necessities. It’s also a nice way minimize your belongings if you tend to move around a lot.
By Ashley Watson