8 Inexpensive Ways to Double Your Kitchen’s Shelf Space
You could have a 1,000-square-foot kitchen and it would probably still feel like you don’t have enough shelf space in your upper cabinets. And it’s not just you. We ALL feel that way.
While there are lots of shelf organizers out there on the market, some of them are actually counterproductive, taking up more space than they create. Not these, though. They all add space to your shelves and will help you get more organized. That means, no digging to find what you need and no more avalanches when you pull something out.
What’s better than a lazy Susan? Two lazy Susans! Not only does this feature two tiers of spinning storage, but each one also has a non-skid surface and a rimmed edge to keep bottles and jars from tumbling off as they go ’round.
2. Stackable Can Organizer, $19
Go stack 36 cans in your cabinet now and tell me how well it works out when you go to grab one from the bottom. Not so great? This wire rack can hold up to 36 cans and makes it easy to pull out what you need — no matter where it is in the stash.
Whether you have a walk-in pantry or just stash ingredients in a single cabinet, this organizer will help you make the most of the space. Both baskets slide out, making it easy for you to see what’s in the back. And it makes two shelves out of one!
4. Spicy Shelf, $28
It’s rare that I find an as-seen-on-TV product that I actually support, but this one is just so smart. The idea of it is similar to those three-tier spice racks — only better because it’s adjustable to fit cabinets of all widths. One box comes with two shelves that can be used separately or stacked on top of each other. And with the middle floorspace of your cabinet freed up, there’s room for a bottle of olive oil, a salt cellar, and a pepper mill.
I have — and love! — a smaller version of this guy (because it’s better suited to my storage needs), but the larger one is probably best for most of you. It works like all other under-shelf baskets — it’s just a million times prettier. It’s almost a shame it’s meant to hide inside a cabinet.
Kitchn editors have long praised the shelf riser, and this one is even better than the standard wire option. Sold as a set of two, one riser is slightly smaller than the other, which means it can nest under or be stacked on top of the other one. Find the configuration that works for you and take solace in knowing that it can always be rearranged (or added to) as your storage needs change.
7. Vertical Dish Holders, $25
Most cabinet plate racks hold dishes flat, but that doesn’t really save you much space (in fact, it can eat up space!). This set is extra smart because it stores plates and bowls on their sides. Just measure your space first: Your cabinet must have 11 inches of clearance if you have eight-inch plates.
8. Wrap Organizer, $24
Skinny boxes of aluminum foil, plastic wrap, parchment paper, and baggies sure can take up a lot of space. Funny how that happens, right? This rack can hold up to nine boxes and keeps everything easily within reach. Also, it’ll help keep the cardboard intact, since the boxes won’t be banged around day after day.
Do you have a smart cabinet organizer that you swear by? Tell us about it in the comments below!