5 Small Kitchen Ideas for Increasing Storage Space

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5 Small Kitchen Ideas for Increasing Storage Space

Staff Writer · Aug 4, 2009

If your efficiency-sized kitchen is leaving you frustrated when it comes to storage space, here are a few kitchen ideas for decorating and remodeling that will help you get rid of the clutter and allow you to fully enjoy the space you have.

1. Stack It

Transfer bulky food items such as flour, pasta and rice to canisters or stackable plastic containers. Choose several different sizes for small and large items. Use them in your fridge or kitchen cabinets to clear up clutter and deter pests.

Inexpensive food storage sets can be purchased at Target or Wal-Mart for around $10. If you have some extra money, spring for decorative canisters that you can place on shelves or countertops.

2. Stow It

Combine storage duty with kitchen decorating by selecting bins and baskets that are attractive and trendy. Utilize them to easily divvy up space between roommates, or to store such things as fruit, vegetables or small food packages. Sets that are ceiling mountable help clear up a lot of extra space in your kitchen. Roll-out pantries are also quite useful and come in a variety of sizes and styles.

Prices vary depending on your budget and style preference, anywhere from about $5 on up. Steal bins or fashionable weaved baskets add a nice touch but may cost you a bit more than cloth or plastic.

3. Hang It

Place kitchen utensils, potholders and other such items on hooks or hangers. You can mount them to the wall or to the inside of kitchen cabinets. Some hangers are specially sized for items such as plastic wrap and tin foil. Large steal hooks can be used to hang pots and pans and can be suspended from the wall or the ceiling.

Small plastic hooks are quite cheap and can typically be purchased for under $5; larger hooks and hangers will cost you a bit more. Always make sure that such items are safely and properly installed.

4. Shelve It

Stand-alone sets of shelves and drawers can add a lot of extra storage space to your kitchen. If you lack floor space, try wall-mounted shelves. You can also place sliding shelves and drawers in your kitchen cabinets for things like spices, seasoning packets and other small items.

Plastic drawers are fairly cheap, starting at around $10 each, although if you have the cash you’ll want to opt for something more durable and eye-pleasing.

5. Remodel It

If you own your apartment you may want to consider a remodel. Small-scale jobs may entail replacing a standard cupboard with a lazy Susan or you may opt for a total kitchen makeover. Check out stock floor plans and kitchen design software to get an idea of the setup best suited for your apartment. Stores such as Lowes, Home Depot and Ikea sell do-it-yourself kits for installing cabinets, sinks and countertops although if you’re not construction savvy, hiring a pro will be the way to go.

Such revisions can be pricey; however, if you have the means, remodeling is ideal for ensuring your kitchen space is just how you want it.

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