This Ingenious Countertop Gadget Creates Storage Out of Thin Air and Matches Any Kitchen Aesthetic

published Oct 16, 2023
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Ever since I first moved to New York City, I’ve been on a quest to maximize my kitchen counter space however I can. (And, it doesn’t matter which of the seven apartments we’re talking about, either — they’ve all had a dearth of available countertop real estate.) That’s also one of the reasons I love working at The Kitchn: I’m able to see all of the space-saving hacks that we post on the site, as well as personally test a ton of organizational tools and gadgets in my own kitchen. So, when we stumble across a simple, affordable storage solution that’s sure to match almost every kitchen aesthetic and color scheme out there, our readers (you!) are the first ones to know. Recently, I got the opportunity to test out the all-new Stackable Countertop Shelf from editor-favorite brand Yamazaki Home, and it’s created extra space on my counters out of thin air. 

What Is the Stackable Countertop Shelf?

This no-frills, affordable riser is the perfect way to give your current countertop storage situation a quick boost. Rather than let small kitchen appliances (think: electric kettles, coffee gear, air fryers) take up precious real estate on your counters, lift them up with this sturdy riser to create more storage underneath. The sleek, stainless-steel frame comes in two colors (black and white) so you’ll be able to match one with whatever color scheme you have in your home. Additionally, there’s a tiny lip on the outside of the riser which helps your appliances stay in one spot. It also easily supports up to 11 pounds, so you won’t have to worry about crushing whatever’s underneath. 

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Why I Love the Stackable Countertop Shelf

For me, this has been a huge help in corralling a lot of my coffee gear. I popped my grinder and sugar cellar on top of this sucker — along with some filters — and it allows me to pop my disassembled Aeropress underneath while it’s drying. (Before, I had to just leave it out on the counter to dry, which wasn’t very nice to look at.) Plus, since the riser has a small lip, I’ve never had my grinder “walk off” the platform, even when it’s running on high. And, if you’re lucky enough to have custom cabinetry that fits all your appliances or a massive kitchen with more countertop space than you know what to do with, a) I’m jealous, and b) there’s still plenty of uses for this riser in pretty much any room of the house. Pop it on a shelf to take advantage of vertical storage space, leave it on your vanity to elevate a standing mirror, or place it under your sink for some extra cabinet space. The possibilities are endless with this riser, and with the holiday season right around the corner, there’s no better time to get organized than right now. 

Buy: Yamazaki Stackable Countertop Shelf, $25