8 Ways to Create Extra Counter Space in a Tiny Kitchen

updated Sep 11, 2022
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Lack of counter space is up there on the list of tiny-kitchen frustrations. Even if you’ve decluttered your kitchen and tucked all your usual space-hogging suspects away, it’s possible you’ll still come up short. And you can’t exactly create extra kitchen counter space out of thin air … or so you’d think.

It’s actually pretty easy to increase your work surface area — if you’re willing to get a bit creative. Here are eight solutions, most of which are pretty easy to put in place.

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1. Add some shelf risers.

You wouldn’t guess that the first tip on this list would be to ADD something to your counters, and yet, here we are. We’re not talking anything huge — just a shelf riser or three. You can use them to create more storage space, getting things up and out of the way, while also still in reach.

Our favorite: YAMAZAKI Dish Riser, $35.69

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2. And a cake stand.

Yes, another thing to add. A cake stand (more specifically, a cake stand by the sink or oven with your most-used stuff) will do a few things. For starters, it will make your items look a lot more purposeful. And it will still leave room for you to put some larger platters or trays on the counter while you work.

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3. Use your windowsill for storage.

This home offers a Here’s a beautiful example of using a windowsill well as storage, but you don’t have to limit yourself to an herb garden. If you’re lucky enough to have a deep kitchen windowsill, use it to hold carafes, kitchen canisters, your favorite cookbooks, and all those other things that so often clutter our counters.

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4. Turn your stovetop into a workspace.

You can use burner covers to create a work surface! Follow this easy tutorial to make your own custom covers for very little money.

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5. And your sink.

An even easier trick? Find a cutting board that’s slightly longer than your sink and rest it on top when you need more room to work.

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6. Add a cart.

You may not have room for a full-blown kitchen island, but you can probably find space for a smaller cart (which will add counter space and storage space). Yes, even if it means you have to store it in an adjoining room.

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7. Put your backsplash to work.

Instead of cluttering up your counter with crocks and baskets, consider installing a rail along your backsplash.

RelatedHow To Install an IKEA GRUNDTAL Rail on a Tile Backsplash

8. Get a smart dish drying rack that makes sense for your space.

Even if you have a dishwasher in your tiny kitchen, you’re still going to have to hand-wash some things. Instead of leaving a drying rack out all the time to eat up your workspace, get one that’s folds up and can be put away while you’re cooking and pulled out when you’re cleaning.

Buy: Natural Bamboo Dish Drying Rack, $15.99

Have a small kitchen? How have you created counter space? Let us know in the comments!