(Image credit: IKEA Family Live)

If you've ever dealt with an odd space in your small kitchen — a stretch of wall or an empty corner at the end of the countertop or next to an appliance, large enough to be noticeable but seemingly too small to actually use it — then this is a good example of how to deal with that. Go up. 

This example from IKEA Family Live shows how you can maximize every square inch in your kitchen, even if it's a relatively narrow space. Just look at how much is stored in this small area next to the refrigerator: wine bottles, dishes, a coffeepot, microwave... it just keeps moving up! Even the tiny space between the cart and the bottom shelf is utilized to store a few cookbooks.

How do you make the most of the vertical space in your kitchen?

(Image: IKEA Family Live)