Small Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the options for small kitchen cabinets to see how you can accommodate even the smallest kitchens with much needed storage and great design.
Contemporary Kitchen With Green Bar Stools

Contemporary Kitchen With Green Bar Stools

Thanks to the wall-mounted bar-height table and clever storage solutions throughout the cabinets and drawers, this kitchen now doubles as an eat-in dining space.

By: Amy McEvoy

Kitchen cabinets take up a huge amount of real estate in your kitchen, so it goes without saying that if the blueprint of your kitchen is small, then small kitchen cabinets will be needed.

10 Ideas for Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets

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Country Charm

This adorable country kitchen makes the most of the space above the kitchen cabinets with a vintage watering can and colorful metal sign. Creamy cabinets and neutral dishware keep the space from looking too cluttered. 

Photo By: Jane Ellison

Visibly Organized

Cute metal baskets line the top of this stunning kitchen cabinet, as seen on A Beautiful Mess. The baskets not only make it super easy to see what’s up there, but they also keep everything neat and organized. 

Photo By: A Beautiful Mess

Letter Perfect

Large metal letters add an unexpected, whimsical touch to this vibrant kitchen, which also features red cabinetry and fun art above the sink. 

Homemade Storage

If you’d rather keep your storage items under wraps, these perfectly sized, numbered baskets should do the trick. Simply visit A Diamond in the Stuff to see how you can make your own.

Photo By: A Diamond in the Stuff

Within Arm's Reach

Despite the size of the kitchen, it always seems like more space is preferable. Try storing bulky or infrequently used kitchen items above the cabinets for a less cluttered approach. 

Photo By: Photo_HamsterMan

Colorful Collection

To put a collection on display without taking up extra counter space, consider filling up the space above the cabinets. The Asian vases featured in this cheery kitchen add a fun accent in an unexpected spot. 

Photo By: Izumi Tanaka ©Izumi Tanaka

Safe and Sound

It may seem scary while you’re putting them up there, but by storing breakable items above the kitchen cabinet, you can keep them away from small hands. Here, gorgeous glass jars add a personal touch to the kitchen and are stored safely out of harm’s way.  

Chalk It Up

To keep knickknacks in their place but never out of mind, colored baskets with chalkboard labels are an excellent way to go. Visit A Time for Everything to see how mini chalkboards and a few cans of spray paint can create the perfect kitchen storage solution for you.

Photo By: A Time for Everything

Green Thumb

Add life to your kitchen by placing a few potted plants above the cabinets. And if the cabinets are too high to comfortably water the plants, even fake varieties can offer a feeling of health and happiness to the home. 

Well-Lit Display

In this charming kitchen, pottery, accessories and rarely used serving ware are kept safe above a lovely cabinet with glass doors. Excellent lighting and the warm, neutral color of the walls and cabinets help to keep everything above the cabinet in sight and in mind.  

From: Rodney Tassistro

In general, base kitchen cabinets are 24 inches deep and 36 inches high. They sit directly on the floor or rest upon a four-inch toe kick riser. Their width can vary depending on what's sitting on top of them, including sinks, cooktops or countertops. Wall cabinets are usually 24 inches high and 12 to 16 inches deep. The standard width for two-door wall cabinets is 30 to 36 inches.

If the area you're working with might not accommodate cabinets in standard sizes, an option is to have custom cabinets built in your kitchen to provide you with the storage you need in your tight space. Custom cabinets are individually crafted according to the homeowner's specific design requests. They are typically built by local cabinetmakers or carpenters hired by the homeowner. The labor costs of custom cabinetry are significant, as nothing is pre-built and every cabinet part must be built from scratch, assembled and then installed. This laborious process takes time and in turn costs money.

From a design standpoint, small kitchen cabinets can be made to look larger using several design tips. First, try painting small cabinets white. White rooms appear bigger, and if you paint your small kitchen cabinets white or another light-reflective color, the space will appear bigger. Small kitchen cabinets can also be left open without doors—or given glass-paneled doors to make them (and your overall space) appear bigger.

Homeowners with large kitchens also may seek out some small cabinets to fill in spaces around appliances or to provide unique storage such as spice cabinets or wine cabinets.

Whether your kitchen requires small cabinetry to fit into a small space or you are looking for specific cabinets to provide storage for certain kitchen items, cabinets can be custom made smaller than standard sizes in any design to provide functional storage in a style that reflects your taste and personality.

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