The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in your home and is often one of the places where you spend most of your time. Whether it's cooking or eating, you will often spend a lot of time in your kitchen so you want to feel happy in the space and make sure it's not too cluttered. But if you only have a small kitchen space then it can be difficult to fit everything you need in your kitchen without the space feeling cramped. We have some advice if you have a galley kitchen or a small space that you want to make feel larger. Take a look at the best storage hacks for small kitchen spaces.
Top of Cabinets
One area that people often don’t think about is utilising the space above your cabinets to store kitchen items that you don’t use regularly. There are plenty of items in your kitchen that you will likely only bring out on special occasions and don’t need to be easily accessible. For example, if you have serving platters or bowls and dishes you don’t use on a regular basis, why not get a ladder and store these on top of your kitchen cabinets. You could also use wire baskets to store items and make it look more organised.
Free Standing Shelves
One great solution to help save space if you have room between your appliances is to use free standing shelves to maximise your storage space. You might not have thought about this at first but it is actually something used in many professional kitchens and doesn’t actually look out of place. Using freestanding shelves can help you to store a lot more things in a smaller space. It can be ideal if you have a lot of cooking utensils, condiments of spices that don’t have a natural space elsewhere in your kitchen.
Gain Extra Counter Space
If you are lacking counter space then you can actually gain more space by making the most out of your cooker or stove top. Using large chopping boards on top of your gas burners will give you extra prep space for cooking and can stay on the cooktop if you are only using your oven for cooking. It is also easy to clean the surface as you can take the chopping boards off and wash them at the sink. This leaves counter space for other things and means you won’t have to move anything out of the way when you are prepping food.
Use Your Wall Space
You can also use your wall space in a kitchen to maximise your storage and put up a pegboard to hang things like pots, pans and cooking utensils. This provides a flexible storage space that can adapt and change depending on what you need to hang. This can sometimes be better than putting up fixed height shelves, as some of your kitchenware might not fit on a shelf. A pegboard can change and be adjusted over time to make sure that it always meets your kitchen needs. If you have wall space in your kitchen that isn’t being used, this is definitely something you should consider.
Following our tips should help you to maximise the space in your kitchen so that you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to store everything. If this still doesn’t help you and you are left with a home full of clutter but don’t want to get rid of everything, then you might want to think about self storage. If you are planning on moving in the near future then self storage can be a great alternative until you actually make the move. Get in touch with Make Space for more information.