When blogger Joni Lay set out to remodel the kitchen in her Georgia bungalow, she knew she had to max out every possible inch in order to make it functional for her young family of five. The catch? At around 1600 square feet, her home didn't boast many options for a cabinet-packed layout.
However, thanks to some clever space-making tricks (which you're totally going to want to steal), the family ended up with a room that is as practical as it is pretty.
Keep reading to check out all the smart storage ideas.
1. She installed toe kick drawers.
The Thomasville cabinetry that Joni chose hides a brilliant secret: toe kick drawers! In what is typically an underutilized dead space, her cabinets instead have slim drawers that look like traditional toe kicks when closed. They're the perfect spot for storing extra linens and placemats, or stashing away kid's art supplies, like Joni does with her girls.
2. She created a crock station.
Instead of crowding her countertops with tangled crocks of cooking utensils, Joni chose to install a slim cabinet to house a trio of holders. The drawer, which has shelves for measuring cups and other gadgets as well, is a great way to take advantage of a snug spot next to an appliance (like an oven) where you might not be able to fit a full-sized cabinet.
3. She used the breakfast nook for extra storage.
Joni turned a portion of the neighboring living room into a charming banquette area for the family to enjoy sit-down meals. The bench seats are easy to wipe down and hide drawers, which can store paper goods, vases, or even rarely used appliances.
4. She faked a pantry.
What do you do if you don't have space for a pantry? You install wheel-out shelves and add even more shelves to the cabinet doors, like Joni did. Sure, she could have gone with traditional shelves and maybe even a lazy Susan, but this setup makes it so much easier for her to see everything at once. Just look at that organization!
5. She really embraced those pull-out shelves.
They're not just for makeshift pantries! Instead of dealing with precarious towers of pots and pans, Joni utilized a drawer system, which allowed her to take advantage of the cabinet's height. And a side compartment for lids and an extra-large skillet means everything has its (very tidy) place.
See even more pics: Our New Kitchen Reveal with The Home Depot at Lay Baby Lay
How have you created extra storage space in your kitchen?