Cozy cottages’ charms may also be its downfalls: they’re cute and lovely, but with that comes a lack of room. This prompts cottage owners to devise some quite inventive storage solutions, particularly in the kitchen, where space is at a premium. Fortunately, we’ve seen every trick in the book throughout the years of visiting homes and designers, and we’re sharing them all with you here!
- Hang pots, pans, and utensils.
Are you running out of cupboard and counter space? Start tying things up! When you think beyond the box, you’ll be astonished at how much additional room you can find in a tiny kitchen. Above the island, above the sink or stove, and even on the ends of your cabinets—you’ll be amazed at how much extra space you can find in a small kitchen when you think outside the box.
2. Use a magnetic knife strip.
This is one of the most straightforward and cost-effective options accessible. Simply simply purchasing a simple magnetic strip for hanging your knives on the wall, you may free up an entire drawer of space.
3. Create slots for cutting boards and sheet pans.
This easy storage solution, whether made with a few wooden dowels or a pre-purchased pair of dividers, makes cutting boards and baking pans conveniently accessible.
4. Add a tilt-open drawer below your sink.
The fake drawer fronts are usually seen directly beneath our sink. Installing a tilt-open drawer to hold soap and sponges is a simple weekend project that will save up counter space.
5. Add an island.
Consider getting a small movable island or attaching casters to a shelf unit if you don’t already have one. You’ll have more prep area that also serves as storage and can be moved about as required.
6. Add a shelf above the sink or use your windowsill.
So frequently, the area above a sink is completely unused. Install a tiny shelf or utilize a wide windowsill if you have an open wall space or a window over your sink.
7. Display spices.
Instead of taking up valuable drawer space, use a beautiful spice rack, hang containers from the bottom of cupboards, or put a tiny shelf for your spices on the wall.
8. Add storage above cabinets and windows.
If you’re renovating, ceiling-height cabinets is a must, but even if you’re not, you can still maximize your storage space by going all the way up! Install a shelf above a window to store a basket for keeping less-used things, or add wire or wicker baskets to the tops of your cabinets. You may also utilize that area to keep your less often used serving utensils—they make lovely embellishments!
9. Hang utensils, cleaning supplies, and pot tops inside cabinet doors.
The space inside your cabinet doors is just as important as the space within! Make use of the additional space by adding a few hooks or over-the-door organizers.
10. Use wire shelving, plastic dividers, and lazy Susans inside cabinets and drawers.
Getting organized will not only save you room, but it will also save you time and sanity. Your tiny area will feel less stressful and much larger when your utensils are easy to find.