The average household spends an average of $3,008 per year on dining out. More and more Americans are choosing to eat out instead of prepare meals at home.
But besides adding to their waistline, this habit is taking a big toll on people’s finances. You can save thousands of dollars by making meals at home.
But if you have limited kitchen space, it can be awkward to cook meals at home. Is your small kitchen cluttered and not functional?
Read on for the best ways to use every square inch of your kitchen more efficiently.
Use the Space Around Your Fridge
No matter how small your kitchen is, you probably have unused space around your fridge. A sliver of space between the fridge and the wall is the perfect spot for a skinny rolling pantry.
You can make one out of wood and roller wheels to store cans, spice racks, and more.
Paint the front to match your cabinets and this little space-saver will be virtually invisible.
What about over your fridge? Do you have empty space? Then consider installing floating shelves or a cabinet.
You can use it to store big items that you don’t use very often, such as your waffle maker or stand mixer.
It’s also a good spot for storing food and serving platters.
Put Your Cabinet Doors to Work
The insides of your cabinets are boons of storage for small kitchenettes. Don’t overlook all the potential of this space.
You can use the inside of your cabinets to store small items. Install hooks and hang up your measuring cups. Or install a corkboard to keep track of receipts, reminders, and grocery lists.
A coat of chalkboard paint on the inside of one cabinet gives you the perfect place to keep your week’s menu plan, a grocery list, or your family’s schedules for the week.
The sides of your cabinets can also be handy places to hang serving utensils like tongs, spatulas, and so on.
The cabinet near your sink is a perfect place to use hooks to hang dishcloths and rubber gloves. Install a small basket and you can store your sponges under your sink. This way, your sink looks tidy all the time without any clutter.
Next to your stove, use a command hook to store pot holders and even pot lids.
Add Extra Shelves Inside Your Shelves
For a couple of dollars, you can buy wire or plastic cabinet shelves to add to your kitchen cupboards. This means you can triple your space and store cups, mugs, bowls, and more all in one small cupboard.
And you won’t have to worry about a giant pile of bowls that might tip over at any time. You can keep things better organized and tidy this way.
Use a Magnetic Knife Strip
A knife block takes up valuable counter space and adds to visual clutter on a small kitchen counter.
Get rid of your knife block and instead, put your backsplash to work with a magnetic knife strip. They are inexpensive and keep your knives handy while giving you more countertop space.
Install a Stainless Steel Pegboard Backsplash
If you don’t have a backsplash in your small kitchen, think about installing a stainless-steel pegboard as one.
Not only does it protect your drywall from food splatters and spills, but it also allows you to keep your kitchen tools right there.
You can buy stainless-steel pegboards at most home improvement stores. You don’t need grout and won’t have to cut tile with this backsplash!
Install Shelves on Empty Walls
If you have any walls in your small kitchen without cabinets, no matter how small the space is, you can add shelves. It’s one of the best tiny modern kitchen ideas.
Even if it’s just a small nook over the sink or a far wall in the kitchen, shelves are a great way to add storage to a small kitchen space.
Corner space is usually underutilized in many homes. Corner shelving is a great way to give these awkward spots a purpose.
And these shelves can be used for so much, such as to store your indoor herb garden or to display your collection of fancy teacups.
Maximize Lower Cabinet Space With Rolling Cabinet Storage
Bottom cabinets tend to have a lot of unused space. Partly because kneeling down to reach for things at the back is tedious.
So why not invest in a rolling cabinet storage system? That way, you can pull out a drawer to easily get anything from the back of a bottom cabinet.
Add Toe Kick Drawers
The baseboard around your kitchen is wasted space. You can retrofit most standard base cabinets for toe kick drawers.
Even though it’s not a lot of space, you can store muffin tins, cookie sheets, and other flat items there.
Use an Over-The-Sink Cutting Board
Counterspace is limited in a small kitchenette. One way to make more space is to buy an over-the-sink cutting board.
You can easily rinse fruits and veggies before chopping. Then, slide the waste right into the trash can under your sink. It’s efficient and logical.
Maximize Kitchen Space With Our Tips
There you have it! Some great ideas for how to make the most of your small kitchen space.
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