The Space-Saving Buys That People with Tiny Kitchens Swear By

updated Jul 16, 2020
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As the Beatles once sang, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” And when it comes to making a teeny-tiny kitchen work, this line seems particularly true. Who better to get recommendations from than your friends? You know, the people who are in similar life stages — and probably who also have tiny kitchens!

At Kitchn, we are always on the hunt for the best space-saving finds that will help us make the most of our tiny kitchens. Instead of scouring Amazon or wasting money on something that won’t really work/help, we asked our friends (real home cooks!) with tiny kitchens to name the products they can’t live without. These are the things that make cooking easier and cabinets more spacious for our buddies.

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“If you are dishwasher-less like me, the troubles of storing just-washed dishes with limited counter space is difficult. This mounted dish rack takes advantage of space that would otherwise have been wasted. And if you can’t mount it over your sink, just put a tea towel underneath it while dishes are drying.” — Jenna, 26

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“These magnetic tins freed up an entire kitchen cabinet, and ensure that all my favorite spices are always at arm’s length. (I keep them on the side of my fridge!) This set also comes with pre-printed labels, so you don’t have to guess whether you just grabbed turmeric or ground cinnamon.” — Brandt, 28

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“Outlets are never where you want them and this pully-chopper (as I call it) makes food processing so much easier. It’s lightweight, easy to clean, and has an odd feeling of self satisfaction that you wouldn’t get from an electric one. Plus, it takes up way less space than those electric choppers! I got one for my parents, too, because they are avid tailgaters. All their friends fell in love and got their own!” — Mark, 31

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4. Round Metal Utility Cart, $30 at Target

“This round storage cart has gone viral online among the Instant Pot community and I can totally see why. It’s the perfect size for holding the small appliance and, because it’s on wheels, I can easily roll it in and out of the coat closet when I need it. Yes, I have to store some kitchen stuff in the coat closet. It’s not ideal, but this cart makes it better.” — Heather, 37

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“My boyfriend bought me this for Valentine’s Day a few years ago and it has slowly become my favorite kitchen tool. It takes up virtually no space (especially compared to an actual coffee maker. And while I prefer iced coffee, I can use the cold brew concentrate to make a hot coffee if I want. A two-in-oner!” — Jaime, 26

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“I never thought I’d have the room (or the budget!) for a pot rack, but this one wasn’t that expensive and it makes use of wasted wall space, freeing up a cabinet. In-cabinet organizers only really seem to hold a few like-types of skillets, this can hold pots AND pans. And mounting it was just like hanging any other shelf, so I’ll be able to get my rental deposit back, should I end up moving!” — Joanna, 33

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“I don’t love leaving cutting boards out on the counter and the thicker ones are really annoying to store. I love this thin, little set! They slide right into the side of a cabinet, taking up no room at all. And they’re sturdy, unlike those flimsy plastic-y ones. Bonus: They’re wood composite, so they can go in the dishwasher, which I’m lucky enough to have!” — Amanda, 36

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“I slid both of these onto shelves in my makeshift pantry and couldn’t be happier. If I had piled up stuff on the shelves below, it would all become a toppling mess. Instead, these baskets hold my foil, table, linens, and storage container lids.” — Lauren, 28

What are the special buys that make your tiny kitchen more workable?