Due to the historic nature of the area, dealing with small kitchens is a regular battle for many residents of Somerville, Arlington, Medford and Cambridge. While there may be little that you can do to actually expand your kitchen space and make it larger, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to help get the most from your small kitchen.
Tip #1: Get the Most from Your Cabinets
Organizing your cabinets can help you make the most out of your space. Door racks and three-tier pull-out baskets can help to avoid clutter. You can also create additional shelf space in your cabinets with the help of under-shelf baskets or stackable shelf organizers. Even under-the-cabinet stemware racks can help to create more room for your kitchen belongings. Similarly, you might consider hanging some of the utensils that you use the most on the inside of your cabinet doors. Not only does this take full advantage of your available cabinet space, but it also puts these utensils within easy reach.
Tip #2: Get Moving
Portable kitchen features can give you the workspace you need when you need it. A rolling cart, for example, creates more storage space and can be moved to various locations depending upon your needs. The same is true with a moveable island, which can also help provide additional prep space as needed. Look for carts and islands that come complete with additional storage features to help you to further get the most out of your space.
Tip #3: Use Your Wall Space
Your walls offer plenty of space for hanging and mounting items in your kitchen. Displaying pots and cutting boards on your walls not only frees up space, but it also creates eye-catching décor. A pot rack can also serve as a great space to hang pots and skillets. Hooks can also be used to hang coffee mugs or other items that you use on a regular basis to help free up space while also keeping them handy for your everyday use.
Tip #4: Let Your Fridge Do the Lifting
Rather than stick random magnets on your refrigerator, try using magnet shelving to add additional storage space to your kitchen. Magnetic kitchen organization racks can hold everything from paper towels to spices. The space above your refrigerator should also be used. Store items that you do not use on a regular basis, such as large pots and pans used for holiday cooking, on top of your refrigerator.
Tip #5: Build Up
As you look for additional ways to use the space in your kitchen, don’t forget to build up. Expandable tower shelves can help you to better use your counter space while taking full advantage of the space above your counter. With portable shelving units in place, you can also remove the shelves if you are not using them in order to create additional counter space. The same is true of using bins that can be easily removed when more prep space is needed.