It's no secret that it pays to max out every square inch of storage space in a kitchen. No matter how big or small your home is, between dry goods, pots and pans, and cooking accessories, there's always something extra that's looking for a home somewhere.
What to do when your counter space is maxed out, your cabinets are full, and your drawers are jammed? Look to your window! Here are some super-smart ideas for turning windows into bonus storage space.
1. Set up sunny open shelves.
For a fresh new take on the popular open-shelving trend, hang shelves across your kitchen windows. They create a stunning focal point for the space and, of course, add loads more storage. Afraid of blocking your only light source in the space? You can opt for just one or two shelves at the tippy-top of your window frame, display only clear glassware, or choose glass shelves, like this kitchen from MyDomaine.
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2. Hang your plants up high.
Most people are familiar with the idea of keeping planted herbs on the sill. This makes sense because the sunlight streaming in through the window is ideal for keeping the sprouts happy, and the proximity to the sink helps forgetful Black Thumbs remember to water. But what about taking those plants to the ceiling? We love how this homeowner hung several pots from a rod at the top of the window frame. It's a fun pop of life and color, plus it frees up the sill for more storage and trinkets.
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3. Use the windowsill as a bookshelf.
A slim window frame, like this one in the Boston kitchen of Farm & Fable's Abby Ruettgers, is perfect for filing away your collection of go-to cookbooks. If you don't want to fill your entire windowsill, you can use a bookend to hold up a few or just pile up a small stack horizontally.
See more of this kitchen: Where I Cook: Abby Ruettgers of Boston's Farm & Fable
4. Store your pots and pans.
In case you're not catching onto a trend here, rods are key when it comes to crafting up smart storage solutions. In this cheery apartment, pots and pans find a new home on the window frame, thanks to a few sturdy kitchen rods and some S-hooks.
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5. Make it super practical.
When it doubt, use your window for anything that needs a flat surface. Need a place for your dish soap and sponges? Put 'em here. Lacking the counter space to dry dishes? Find a slim drying rack and place it on the sill. The point? Even the tiniest windowsill can be used as makeshift counter space.
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