I always find myself surprised by the amount of stress comes from my space being disorganised messy, or finding it difficult to get to things I need – and in the kitchen it can be even worse. When I’m in a rush to make dinner and need a pan quickly, or can’t find the right herbs I need because they’re all shoved into one cupboard, tensions always seem to rise.
I’ve often found this strangely common in small kitchens where space is limited, and hunting down what you need always seems to be a mission.
Small kitchens, for many, have become an inescapable reality due to the rising cost of property – but having a small kitchen doesn’t mean you have to feel cramped! There are a number of handy tricks you can use help utilise some space that you hadn’t even thought of using, so you can really make the most of your beautiful kitchen.
On the hunt for some of the best tips for you I’ve been in touch with a few different kitchen installers, and the following helpful hints were contributed from Midlands kitchen fitters Interior Installers and Kreative Kitchens.
So let’s get to the 10 easy ways you can maximise your kitchen space!
- Use the insides of your cabinets
You can use the insides of your cabinet doors to hang extra items like ladles and serving spoons, pin notes, store plastic bags and more! Just add little hooks, cork boards or a tacked tissue box respectively. You could even attach a spice rack to the inside of cupboards that have the space for some secret organised storage.
- Use a pegboard
A peg board is a great way to store pots and pans if you don’t have much cupboard space. Simply buy a peg board, mount it on the wall, and you’re away.
- Shelves, shelves, shelves
Really make sure you make the most of your wall space by having shelves all the way up. This way you can store all your pots, pans, and cooking ingredients efficiently.
- Even more shelves
If you’ve got tall cupboards, you can put more shelves in them by simply buying some small metal shelves like those pictured on the right.
- Magnetic spice jars
These are a great way of storing your spices whilst saving on cupboard space. You can buy small magnetic spice jars and attach them to the front or side of your fridge, or onto metal strips you attach inside cupboards! IF you’re feeling crafty, you can even make them yourself.
- Use the ceiling (and the walls!)
If you’ve used up all your shelf and cupboard space, it’s also possible to store pots and pans from the ceiling. Just buy yourself a ceiling rack and make sure your pots and pans have hooks on the end of their handles, or hooks that you can attach under cupboards or onto pipes.
- Ditch the knife block
Knife blocks take up a lot of room, so swap yours for a magnetic wall strip you can just stick your knives to, such as this one.
- Conquer corners
Corners are often just dead space in a kitchen, but it’s easy to make the most of them by either fitting a lazy susan, or, if you’re lucky enough to find some, some corner shaped draws!
- Use smaller appliances
There are now a whole host of smaller appliances available specifically for smaller kitchens. You can get pint sized fridges, ovens, and microwaves. These can be a great option when space is tight.
- Think about the colour scheme
So far all we’ve talked about is ways to physically maximise the space in your kitchen, but it’s also a good idea to pay some attention to the design of the kitchen itself. Using a light colour scheme and maximising the amount of natural light in your kitchen can make it feel a lot more airy and spacious.
I hope these tips were of some use, and do let me know some of your favourites, or if you’d like to have some more tips like these!