Many of us struggle for space in our kitchens. It doesn’t take long for cupboards to be overflowing, draws to be jammed with utensils and appliances to take over our work surfaces.

The good news is, no matter how small your kitchen is, there are plenty of ways for you to maximise the space you have. Every kitchen has some great potential, so let’s take a look at how you can make the most of it.

Install open shelving

Open shelving is a great option for creating more usable storage. You can use them to store anything from jars of food and trailing plants to plates, bowls and mugs. The benefit of open shelving is that you can see where everything is without having to rummage in the back of a dark cupboard and if you keep them neat and organised, they look great too.

Another benefit of open shelving is that it is much cheaper to buy and install than wall cabinets and it is easy to customise to the space you have available. You won’t be blocking out any light with them either.

Get a lazy Susan for corner cabinets

There’s usually loads of space at the back of your kitchen corner cabinets, but you may have to get down on your hands and knees and put your whole head in there to reach the back. Enter the lazy Susan!

Rotating circular shelves will help you make the most of the space you have, and you can get them for your existing cupboards. This way you’ll easily be able to reach everything you need without rooting around at the back of the cupboard.

Use the space you have in high places

If you look at the top of your upper cabinets and fridge, you’ll probably find that there’s a lot of dead space. You can start utilising this space by purchasing a few baskets that you can fill with items you don’t use on a daily basis i.e. Tupperware.

The best news is that by filling this space, you draw the eye upwards which has the added benefit of making your small kitchen look a little bigger with tall ceilings.

Use vertical storage

When it comes to planning your kitchen, you may end up with awkward narrow spaces that you are unsure about what to do with. A vertical pull-out draw that stretches from the top all the way to the bottom of your cabinets is an excellent option. While the space may be narrow, this offers room for things like spices and jars of nuts and seeds.

Make your décor work for you

Having a pale kitchen will make it look more spacious and brighter. Get your white paint out for the ceiling and walls and opt for pale cabinets if you can. You can then introduce some decorative crockery, pictures and plants to warm it up and put your stamp on it. Spotlights are also a great way to brighten the room up.

Bringing it all together

Your kitchen may be on the smaller side, but hopefully, these tips will help it to make it work for you. Make the most of the space you do have and use décor to create the illusion of a bigger room. Good luck!

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