The Neatest, Tightest, Most Organized Small Kitchen Shelves We’ve Ever Seen

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(Image credit: Misha Gravenor for Dwell Magazine)

When I think of the ultimate in small kitchen storage, the one space that makes me slow-clap every time I come across it, I think of David and Im’s 426-square foot San Diego loft, which was first featured on Apartment Therapy back in 2006. The unfinished MDF plywood shelves are organized and optimized with almost-clinical precision. You think that’s an exaggeration, but the shelves were computer-calibrated so the taller condiment and liquor bottles would fit precisely…

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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Since winning Apartment Therapy’s 2006 Small, Cool Contest, the couple showed up in the pages of Dwell and the photos still float around the internet. I don’t even think the couple lives in this loft anymore, but the design shows what’s truly possible if you have some vertical space, and an almost-obsessive need to maximize every available inch.

Curious about the elements that make up the kitchen wall? They used “IKEA drawers fitted into frames made of construction lumber and cold-rolled steel from the local Handy Metal Mart, and galvanized boxes from The Container Store spot-welded together to fit silverware and utensils,” according to Dwell.

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(Images: Misha Gravenor for Dwell Magazine)

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