How to Maximize Space in a Small Kitchen

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The kitchen is the most versatile room in the house. Having a small kitchen can be really inconvenient since there's no room to congregate and not enough space to cook and move around comfortably. There are ways you can work around this, though, and maximize the space in your small kitchen.

  • Take a look at what you need to fit into your cupboards and drawers. Rearrange everything so that you only store the things you use on a regular basis. Put fine china and specialty drink glasses (like martini glasses) into boxes in your attic or basement if you don't use them very often.

  • Get a knife block to store your knives, if you're running out of drawer space. If you have enough space on the counter, a freestanding knife block works fine, but there are alternatives that attach to the wall, if you're also short on counter space. The knives are held to the "block" by a magnet, however these aren't such a good idea if you have children.

  • Install a hanging pot holder. These attractive metal units drop from the ceiling for you to hang your pots and pans. This gets them out of the cupboards to clear the way for other items.

  • Use a sideboard, baker's rack or utility cart to add storage to your small kitchen. Figure out how much storage space you still need and how much floor space is available. Put frequently used items on the unit or into its drawers. You may even consider getting a microwave cart to clear up counter space.

  • Have custom cabinets made if you have a large budget. You can install corner cabinets with lazy susans to maximize this space. If you're desperately in need of storage or counter space and your kitchen has some floor space in the middle to spare (as in the case of an eat-in kitchen), think about installing an island or peninsula.

  • Buy some plastic baskets to use to store things on top of your refrigerator. This is an overlooked space in many households. You can put spices, baking items or extra drinks up there.

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