By ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO
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we specialize in.
Your walls can hold more than you think they can (think: pots, pans, and even canisters that can hold utensils).Image Credit: Devon Jarvis
The tops of your cabinets offer prime real estate for storage. If you’re worried about how it will all look, consider using some pretty baskets to hide your stash.Image Credit: Sarita Relis Photography
A fold-down table (on a wall, in front of a window, or hanging off a bookshelf) almost always works. This way, you can use it when you need and get it up and out of the way when you don’t.
Whether you end up going with that fold-down table or not, you can free up some floor space by hanging your dining chairs when you’re not using them.
Your backsplash can be more than just a pretty focal point! Hang a rail, magnetic knife block, Command Hooks, or narrow shelf on it.
When a shelf is in a cabinet or a pantry, it can be really hard to see what’s buried deep in the back. If you can’t renovate, simply add baskets so that you can pull them out to access what’s in the back.
How narrow? Really narrow! Like, just deep enough for one row of bottles or jars. You can put them nearly anywhere.
You might not think of windows as a storage space, but this Chicago apartment may get you thinking differently. Thanks to a uniform collection and pop-y orange handles, it ends up turning into a fun focal point that is smart storage, too.
If you lack enough cabinet space to store all your dishes, put them on display somewhere else.
Your kitchen is only five square feet? Try stealing a few extra inches from an adjacent room.Image Credit: Lauren Kolyn
We’ve seen the top of the fridge used to store all sorts of stuff. A curated selection of your most-used pantry ingredients will look nice and makes things easy to grab in a pinch.
Squeeze out a bit more room by taking your cutlery to the walls with a magnetic knife strip. (You can even use it to hang things that aren’t knives.)Image Credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion
Pots, spoons, mugs — anything that can be hung should be hung. It frees up cabinet and counter space, and turns your stuff into decorations!
If you have cabinets that don’t butt up against a wall, you’ve got a few square feet of bonus storage space. You can hang a pot rail, add shelves, and more.
Add hooks to the bottoms to hold mugs and small tools. Or use magnetic strips to make a floating spice rack.
Whether it’s cabinet doors or your pantry door, there’s space to be used on the inside of them. Hang up measuring cups, make a bulletin board, add a shelf, etc.
No matter how small, a mirror does a lot to make a space feel bigger. Plus, you can see what sorts of funny faces you make while you stir or chop.
Put shelf risers in your cabinets, hang shelves on any available wall space, and add little shelves to your counter to free up space.Image Credit: Lauren Kolyn
They have a small footprint, but still have plenty of room for storage. And because they’re on wheels, they can be pushed into a closet or the corner of a room and pulled out to meet you at your workspace when you need it.
During dinner prep, your stovetop is just wasted space. That’s why we love this idea to build burner covers out of cutting boards. Instant bonus counters!
Put a cutting board over half of the sink to add more counter space. By only covering half, you can still access the sink if you need to rinse anything.