Kitchen Before & After: A Corner Storage Area Goes Vertical With Dramatic Results

updated May 2, 2019
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Christene Barberich, editor-in-chief of fashion and shopping site Refinery29, decided to get serious this spring about the storage issues in her small Brooklyn kitchen. “Having everything piled on this one butcher block table was really taking the zen out of my kitchen,” she told Refinery29 recently. But how do you get more space in such a tiny corner, you ask? You go up…

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…and go red! This, friends, is the LACK wall shelf from IKEA ($49.99). Doesn’t it look fantastic here? Christine tells Refinery29 that it’s made all the difference:

By replacing the small table with a bright wall-mounted bookshelf, we were able to take advantage of this narrow corner. It looks fantastic, and I can actually see everything. To avoid covering up our very essential electrical socket, we hung the bookshelf right above it. It goes all the way up to the ceiling while leaving an opening below for a stool and a few other larger items.

We love IKEA’s BEKVAM kitchen cart, and still believe it’s a great piece for small kitchens, but in this case we’ve got to hand it to the LACK shelf. Going vertical (and so colorful!) made this kitchen corner much more pleasant and functional.

See more of Christene’s apartment makeover → 13 Ways to Turn a Tiny Pad Into a Palace at Refinery29