If you have a small kitchen, it can be challenging to store all of your appliances, dishes, pots, pans, and utensils. Your drawers and cabinets may be stuffed to the brim, yet you still have items that need to be stored. Here are 5 ideas for small kitchens that will help you maximize the space.

Ideas for Small Kitchens: Lazy Susan

Lazy Susans have been used in kitchens for centuries. It is a rotating round tray that is often multi-tiered and used for storing items inside a cabinet. The tray can easily be spun around to access everything stored on it.

Lazy Susans help make small items easy to access while taking up less cabinet space. A Lazy Susan can also be used on a countertop as a storage solution for spices.

Overhead Pot Rack

Pots and pans are cumbersome and difficult to fit inside most kitchen cabinets. Since they are all different sizes, they don’t stack easily for storage. The most convenient way to store pots and pans is by hanging them from their handles.

An overhead pot rack takes advantage of underutilized ceiling space and provides easy access to cookware. If you are worried about also fitting a light fixture on the ceiling, look for a ceiling pot rack with built-in lights.

Hooks are Ideas for Small Kitchens

Most kitchen items have holes so they can be hung on hooks. Hooks are affordable and easy to install. There are peel-and-stick options that can be removed without damaging the wall, or you can opt for metal hooks with screws.

Use hooks to hang dish towels, aprons, potholders, ladles, spatulas, measuring cups, and more. You can add hooks to the wall or the back of cabinet doors.

Move Small Appliances That Aren’t Used Often

It makes sense to keep the toaster that you use every morning in the kitchen, but if you only use that bulky stand mixer once a month, don’t leave it out on the counter. Consider storing small appliances that you don’t use regularly in a hall closet or pantry. Only keep items on the counter that you use daily.

Slide-Out Prep Station

If you are short on counter space, you may get frustrated by not having enough room to prep for meals. One solution without building more counters is to install a slide-out prep station. Look online for a pull-out surface that will fit into your existing drawers.

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