How Can I Maximize Counter Space in My Small Kitchen?

How Can I Maximize Counter Space in My Small Kitchen?

Cheeseburger Soup

A local restaurant serves a similar cheeseburger soup but wouldn’t share its recipe with me. So I developed my own, modifying a recipe for potato soup. I was really pleased with the way this all-American treat turned out. —Joanie Shawhan, Madison, WisconsinGet Recipe

10. Install a wall-mounted microwave

Over-the-Range Microwave Credit: Lowe’s

Don't waste counter space on your microwave. There are tons of affordable wall-mounted microwaves that can be installed over your stove, like this one, which will free up counter space for meal prep and other things.

Buy it: Over-the-Range Stainless Steel Microwave, $139;


6. Store odds and ends on your windowsill

Your windowsill is like a built-in shelf, so don't forget to use it! Whether you keep your favorite coffee mugs there or cover it with your spice collection, it'll give you a tiny bit of extra square footage.

Make the Most of Kitchen Corners

The Tiny Project

Corner space is usually underutilized in many homes. But when you’re trying to make every square inch in your small kitchen count, corner shelving can give these awkward spots a purpose. Just take a look at this nifty kitchen from The Tiny Project!

Try Folding Kitchen Tables

Toy Box Tiny Home

A folding table can provide a spot where you can prepare and eat food without taking up valuable floor space. It can also be a perfect idea for a desk that you can tuck away when you’re finished working. Just take a look at this marvelous idea in action from Tiny Box House.

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Transformation of your stovetop to a workspace

A handy way of creating more workspace in your kitchen is to cover the stovetop when it’s not in use. You can buy chopping board-style covers with adjustable feet which are just placed on top of the stove. They’re available in a variety of materials such as wood, glass, granite or bamboo, so you can choose one which is both practical and in keeping with your kitchen style.

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Jar Ingenuity


Ah, the all-purpose Mason jar. What a great idea: Affix the metal lids to the underside of a cabinet, and screw the jars on and off as you need them. Related: Storage Sanity—15 Ways to Make Your Pantry Functional and Fabulous

Pullout Chopping Board

Pullout solutions are perfect for small kitchens as they allow a decent amount of extra kitchen counter space with a very small footprint. And a pull-out cutting board is perfect for food prep, cookbooks or for extra storage. Plus, when you are done, you can simply slide it back into the cabinet.

Check out 7 more cabinet options.

Use Your Floor Space

When additional counter space is needed, take a look at your floor. Do you have additional floor space that could become counter space with the addition of an island, kitchen cart, or other kitchen furniture like industrial metal kitchen stands. Islands, carts, and stands come in all shapes and sizes, making them an easy way to add storage and counter space for virtually any kitchen.

Drop-Down Storage

This drop-down storage tray is ideal for keeping your cookbook or tablet dry and out of harm’s way while cooking your favorite recipe. Best of all, it’s simple to make.

If you would rather have a free-standing tablet stand, try this great project.

Space Increasing Annexes

When additional counter space is needed, consider adding a cutting board atop your stove (provided it is not in use) or over your sink. Either way, you have garnered more space for chopping, slicing, and dicing. Next, add a pot rack. A pot rack installed above your stove or nearby can hold pots and pans, as well as colanders, up and out of the way but always within easy reach. Plus, a pot rack is also a great place to store large spoons, spatulas, and other much needed kitchen utensils. Finally, get rid of your knife block, which is larger than you think, and add a magnetic strip or two to your wall to store your knives. It keeps your knives close by and in view for whatever slicing or dicing you may be doing. Now that, you’ve regains some counter space, consider storing your remaining utensils, like wooden spoons in a glass jar, ceramic crock, or even a tall canister.

Backsplashes for hanging accessories

Another way to create more worktop space is to move anything you can to a more orderly location. Instead of cluttering up your counter with messy pots of random utensils, consider installing a glass splashback with a built-in hanging rail. Glass splashbacks are fashionable because they look so stylish, glossy and glamorous — but they’re also highly practical, providing a continuous, smooth surface which is easy to clean (unlike tiles where the grouting becomes discoloured and dirty). There are a huge range of designs available — even bespoke images — so your utensils will become part of a stylish focal point as well as being within easy reach! 


Can I extend my kitchen worktops?

The easiest and most economical way to extend your kitchen worktops is to simply lay a large chopping board over the kitchen sink or hob. Job done!

Why is corner space in your kitchen the best place to start renovating?

If you have a small corner in your kitchen, don’t overlook it — put it to use. Using the kitchen corners can free up the central space in the kitchen. It depends on the size of the corner, but think about using it for a purpose: an eating nook with circular seating and a bistro table; a corner dining set; a cookery bookshelf; a tall, bespoke-made cupboard for brooms and mops; a corner shelf for herbs and spices; a pull-out corner unit for pots and pans…this is space just waiting to be utilised. Don’t cut corners!

How can you add more cabinet space to your small kitchen?

If you find that you never have enough space in your kitchen cabinets, take a look at our quick to-do list:

  • Throw away, throw out and consolidate
  • Add tiered shelving inside your cupboards
  • Decant bulk items into labelled storage containers
  • Add a saucepan rack to a wall, ceiling or freestanding in a corner
  • Add a stylish cutlery tray that can also accommodate bigger utensils
  • Utilise extra storage space to the side of your fridge
  • Hang your favourite mugs on hooks
  • Add dividers inside the cupboards for baking sheets, pans and lids

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