Creative (and Cheap) Kitchen Ideas from College Students

Our colleagues over at AT:New York already mentioned the great series in today's Home & Garden section of the Times that features young college students and their cheap, creative, and stylish ways of decorating tiny apartments. Decoration is really the wrong word, actually, as most of these chic ideas are very, very practical.

Some of those practical ideas are directly applicable to the kitchen, and we are pointing them out to make sure you don't miss them! First up, the wire cage above, which might be mistaken, understandably, for a work of modern art. It has a much more functional purpose, however. A pot rack!

Yes, we can't quite figure out how it's supposed to work either (that must be some stiff wire mesh) but major points for execution. Even if it only held light plastic objects, like the IKEA watering can currently propped inside, it would be worth it. Think of putting all your mismatched Tupperware and plasticware in something like this; it would be a work of modern art.

• Read more about this apartment and its creator in the Times: Lighting Changes Everything

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This tiny, nearly perfect kitchen caught our eye. What is stunning about it (besides the light, cleanness, and just overall prettiness) is that the counter and island were built by its inhabitant for under $50 using wood and galvanized pipe from Home Depot. This is very inspiring.

• Read more about it: Custom Cabinetry for $50 or Less

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The last thing we found inspiring was this display of leftover supermarket foam trays. The creator, Michelle Nicholls, explains that supermarkets are unaware of how much they waste. The foam trays are an unusual but striking visual element, and perhaps a good reminder to conserve, reuse, and recycle.

• More: The Carrot Tray, Reborn

What did you think of this piece? Did you find any particularly inspiring ideas for your own kitchen?

Related: Tiniest Kitchen Ever? Jack's Micro Home

(Images: Phil Mansfield for The New York Times)

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