There are often only a few inches between the refrigerator and the wall beside it — but you can put it to good use! In my last apartment, that turned out to be just enough space for an oversized cutting board and a folding step stool.
These ideas are a little more inventive.
1. Stash wine.
You only need a few inches to build cubbies for your wine collection! Take a close look at this kitchen from Studio Dearborn. The little sliver of space to the right of the fridge features a few cubbies for bottles stored on their sides.
See more work: Projects at Studio Dearborn
2. Add a slide-out pantry.
Those few inches are just wide enough for some frequently used spices and canned goods! Try this tutorial from Savannah and Mallory of Classy Clutter to turn those inches of wasted space into a pantry.
See more: DIY Canned Food Organizer Tutorial at Classy Clutter
3. Display cookbooks.
If you can build them in, tall, narrow shelves — like these from Better Homes & Gardens — are just right for cookbooks!
See more:Cookbook Central at BHG
4. Stash linens.
I love a good textured basket for hiding things you don't really want to show off. Elsie, the blogger behind The Fat Hydrangea, used baskets to conceal linens and small appliances in the space between the fridge and other shelving.
See more: Progress on the Kitchen Built-Ins - Cabinet Doors! at The Fat Hydrangea
5. Squeeze in some extra storage.
If you have more than a few inches, squeeze a cabinet and small shelf into the space to squeak out a few more inches of counter space.
See more: Blanca & Cody's Oaxaca-Inspired Compact Cottage at Apartment Therapy
How do you use the space between your fridge and the wall?