Small Kitchen Cabinets

Get essential info on small kitchen cabinets, and maximize the efficiency of your kitchen space.

White Modern Kitchen with Small Cabinets

White Modern Kitchen with Small Cabinets

A blue countertop pops against bright white cabinets in this small modern kitchen.

Photo by: Michael Higginson

Michael Higginson

If you're concerned about space in your kitchen, you may want to consider breaking from the typical template and adding small kitchen cabinets. A tight space can still work quite well with the right storage options, and these ideas should help you maximize your kitchen's efficiency.

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Storage Galore

The open shelves above and narrow cabinets on each side of the refrigerator make great use of all the available storage space in this small kitchen design. Photo courtesy of Lowe's Creative Ideas

Photo By: Lowe's Creative Ideas

Going Glass

An easy way to visually expand a kitchen is to add glass. Upper glass front cabinets and pull-out pilasters for spices on each side of the range provide storage and add beauty to this smaller kitchen.

Waste Not

Every surface is utilized in this kitchen to maximize space, such as the wall-mounted knife rack and a magnetic message center on the end of a cabinet. Design by Rachael Franceschina; Photography by Betsy Maddox

Shelf Improvement

A combination of well-designed open and closed storage gives homeowners lots of options for keeping kitchen essentials close at hand. Photo courtesy of Lowe's Creative Ideas

Enhanced Range Design

In this 13x16 kitchen, the range was built into the cabinetry for a custom look and butcherblock countertops provide extra prep space. Photography by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Gourmet Quality

To create a gourmet kitchen in a 68-square-foot space, Designer Karen Needler installed a compact, pro-quality range and stove. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry takes advantage of the height and provides plenty of storage for culinary essentials.

From: Karen Needler

Double Duty

A small kitchen peninsula serves multiple purposes for storage, dining, and food prep. Design by Jarret Yoshida

Photo By: Jarret Yoshida

The first tip for small kitchen cabinets is to build up, not out. You can stack cabinets on top of one another, building all the way to the ceiling, and use every inch of available vertical space.

Another idea for small kitchen cabinets is to combine appliances, storage and cabinet space. You can use cabinets to hide a low-profile refrigerator, stow a trash or recycling bin, or conceal a lazy Susan. For floor cabinets, consider using small cabinets to create a small kitchen island.

Another efficient use of small kitchen cabinets is door storage. Attaching racks or shelves to the interior side of cabinet doors can allow you to double the amount of food stores or supplies they can hold. Similarly, consider adding tiered storage inside of small kitchen cabinets—this will allow you to see all the items stored inside and easily access whatever you need.

Lastly, add design touches that create the impression of space, like making sure the ceiling and cabinet tones match—if they contrast, the space will seem smaller. Also, lighter tones tend to create a more open, airy feel in smaller spaces.

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