50+ Clever Storage Hacks to Maximize Small Kitchens

Small kitchen spaces can be a real challenge to organize. If you’re struggling to fit things in your tiny kitchen, this post is for you.

Whether you are renovating, or just starting to organize your kitchen, or you just want to rearrange things, there are solutions which can make your small kitchen feel larger. So there’s no need to feel discouraged because of your tiny space.

Gather inspiration from these clever ideas from various sources to help you make good use of every inch of your kitchen.

1.Store your pots, pans and cooking utensils above the stovetop.

From: Tidbits

2. Or use a single bar ceiling-mount pot rack.

Then hang your pots and pans there.

See how to do it at Ikea Hackers

3. Use an antique ladder if you like a rustic look.

Another creative way to hang your pots and pans!

See the full tutorial at Old House Crazy

4. Use a bakeware organizer to stack pans.

If you can’t hang them, then why not stack them?

From Martha Stewart

5. Use the space between the wall and the fridge.

Make a rolling pantry. Then simply pull out when you need to get something.

Learn how to do it at Classy Clutter

6. Invest in a kitchen island.

You can even use a sideboard for this. Just remove the doors if you have no more space for opening them.

See the tutorial at Mom4Real

7.Transform your little nook into a storage space.

Hang desk organizers and use them to get wet sponges and scrubbers off your sink.

See how you can do it too at Homemade Ginger

8. Use a double purpose wooden shelf. 

Isn’t this lovely? You can use both the up and underneath space for storage.

I’m really impressed with the underneath space. It’s so perfect for glass jars. Really never thought of this before. You simply screw on the lids under the shelf. Then when you need it, you just twist the jar.

Get the tutorial at Hildablue

9. Upcycle empty tissue boxes.

If you have plastic bags that you want to be contained, you can use empty tissue boxes for that. Think about this before your throw that tissue boxes away.

From: Elise Engh Studios

10. Use the side of your lower cabinets.

You can use it to hang your pots, pans and chopping boards.

From: Far Above Rubies

11. If you have an upper cabinet, use its sides too. 

Hang your kitchen utensils.

From Not Martha

12. Use tin cans for utensils.

Upcycle your tin cans and turn them into utensil bins. Use an S-hook and a towel bar to hang them. Then put in your silverware. A really clever and creative idea to free up some drawer space!

Get the full tutorial at HGTV.

13. Mount a dish drying rack to the wall.

Instead of having it on your countertop, you can make use of the wall. Just place a towel or rag underneath to catch any drip.

See Ikea Hackers for the full tutorial.

14. Utilize the back of your cabinet doors.

Hang the cooking utensils that you regularly use. If you’re fond of baking, you can hang your measuring cups and spoons here, like this image. This is a very good option especially when your kitchen cabinets are already full.

Learn more from Tidbits from the Tremaynes

15. Invest in a magnetic spice rack.

Get those spices in order. You can stick them inside your cabinet door or on the side of the fridge.

Get the tutorial at Practically Functional

If buying spice jars doesn’t fit in your budget, you can try making your own set by using babyfood jars.

See the full tutorial at One Lucky Pickle.

This one uses pencil holder organizers and sticks them to the fridge.

See how to do this at Instructables

16. Also magnet wrap boxes on to the fridge.

From Expert Home Tips

17. Use a magnetic knife strip.

Depending on your choice, you can use a metal type or a wooden one like this.

See how you can do it yourself at Instructables.

18. Install a flip-down shelf.

This is cool when you need a little extra space to put your cookbook during meal prep time. When you’re done cooking, simply flip it back to its original position – locked to the wall.

From Apartment Therapy

19. Or build a retractable book stand under the cabinets.

From Apartment Geeks

20. Buy a chopping board that can be used over the sink.

From Expert Home Tips

21. Or have a pull-out chopping board.

Worry no more about storing it.

From Apartment Geeks

22. A chopping board that sits over the garbage is also a good option.

When you’re done chopping, simply slide the scraps into the hole, down the trash bin. Brilliant!

From The Farm Chicks

23. Build a burner cover.

If your counter space is good for only one person, you can use the stovetop as your extra counter. That’s where the burner cover comes in.

Learn how to make one at Kitchn

24. Use tension rods.

Hold your pot lids in a vertical position using tension rods and keep them from cramming the drawer.

From The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking

25. Use a dividing file rack for baking sheets and racks.

Easily locate the baking sheet you’re looking for. No more wrestling with the other sheets.

See the tutorial at Two Twenty One

26. Use a hanging shower caddy.

Let it hold your produce and free up some counter space.

Get the tutorial at Dometic Diva Domain

27. Use a wall-mounted food dispenser.

Instead of using containers for beans, cereals and grains, you can use food dispensers mounted on kitchen walls. This frees up space that would otherwise be taken by your containers.

From Wonderful Engineering

28. How about an under-cabinet bin?

Keep your fruits safe and easy to reach without taking up too much counter space.

From Iowa Girl Eats

29. Or some baskets to lift those produce off the counter?

From Kitchn

30. Use the corners for storage.

Build a swing-out cabinet.

From Homedit

Or get a Lazy Susan inside. Then remove the corner door for an easy access.

From Better Homes & Gardens

31. Use wire racks to create more compartments inside cabinets.

Mount them under the shelf.


32. Or use a serving tray as shelf divider.

From Martha Stewart

33. Mount a paper towel holder inside the cabinet.


34. Add a wooden shelf on top of existing cabinets.

If you have a wide space above your kitchen cabinets, making shelves and using wine racks can give you an excellent additional storage space.

Learn how to do this at One Kings Lane

35. Make a toekick drawer.

Look at your drawers and cabinets. Usually, it has a dead space underneath which often accumulates dust. You can turn that small space into an additional mini storage by building a toekick drawer.

You can do this on your existing cabinet. If you are planning to assemble new ones, it is even easier to apply this hack.

See the full tutorial at Tikkido

36. Use a wall-mounted shelving.

This is a clever way to take advantage of the walls. Simply mount kitchen shelves on the wall and use this space to store your cooking utensils. If you have no pantry, you can also place your cooking supplies here.

From Young House Love

37. Install a pegboard on the wall.

Use it to organize your pots, pan and your kitchen utensils.

Get the full tutorial at Apartment Therapy.

38. Try an open shelving.

You can try this idea to enjoy the natural look of piled dishes, especially if you have attractive ones and you like the look of them.

You can also try this on your pantry.

From The Inspired Room

39. Make a plate rack.

If you have oversized plates, you can try this one to arrange them, and without the worry that you might smash them together.

See the full tutorial at Oliver & Rust

40. Invest in a narrow rolling cart.

This can easily fit it into an available tiny space. Plus the rollers make it possible for you to take it anywhere you want it to be.

From The Little French Bullblog

41. Use baskets.

This is always awesome for additional storage.

From Better Homes & Gardens

42. Tuck away cleaning tools in a tall and narrow cabinet.

From Home Depot

43. Buy a sink shelf.

From Expert Home Tips

44. Install a kitchen sink tip-out.

This is another great place to store your sponges and brushes.

See the tutorial at Domestically Speaking.

45. Install a trash bag organizer under the sink.

If you’re struggling to keep your trash bag rolls together, especially if those come in large sizes, this is a great solution you can try.  Keep it within reach in a tiny space and still be able to provide space under the rolls.

See the full tutorial at Simply Organized

46. Use a tension rod, again.

A while ago, I showed you that tension rods can be used to hold pot lids in vertical position. You can also use them under the sink to suspend your spray bottles.

From Martha Stewart

47. How about a pocket organizer?

Maximize that space under your sink by hanging a pocket organizer. This is another good option to store your sponges, brushes and gloves.

See the full tutorial at Imperfect Homemaking

48. Get some command hooks and small baskets.

Install them under the sink for extra storage.

From IHeart Organizing

49. Consider building an under-sink roll-out tray.

From The Family Handyman

50. Maximize your kitchen nook.

Add a small table and bench where the kids can study and eat. It doesn’t take up much space compared to dining chairs. Plus you can have a pull-out drawer installed under the seats for extra storage.

Find out how at Simplified Bee

51. Or you can build a flip-down kitchen table.

Learn how from HGTV

Whew… That’s it!

Thank you for reading up to the end of this list. I hope I have given you some ideas on how to maximize every space of your small kitchen.

Just remember that no matter how small your kitchen is, you can always take advantage of the space that you already have. Don’t let that limited space stop you from enjoying your time in your kitchen.

Which of these organization hacks are you planning to try or have already tried? Perhaps you have a storage hack that you want to share? Feel free to leave your comments! 

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