10 Design Ideas to Steal for Your Tiny Kitchen

If you're out of space, and out of ideas for your small kitchen, we've got you covered. Here are our favorite, creative, space-saving ideas for all of you tiny kitchen dwellers out there.

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April 09, 2019

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Add An Extra Row of Cabinets

This tiny kitchen gains quite a bit of extra storage space with sky-high cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling. Even if you're not able to add another row of cabinets, consider using the space on top of your existing cabinetry for extra storage. Bonus round: the mirrors on these cabinet doors also help to make the space feel much larger.

Say Yes to Shelves

While extra cabinetry is always a great addition, you can also think a bit smaller — see what we did there? In this kitchen, the addition of two wood floating shelves above the island creates a bit more storage space. This is a great option if you have pretty glassware or dishes to show off ... though not such a great idea if you're not super neat (we warned you).

Small Kitchen, Small Appliances

When you're really short on space, you can trick out your tiny kitchen with compact appliances that take up way less room. This cute retro fridge sits snugly under the counter of this small kitchen, allowing additional space for the stove and some lower cabinets. You can find compact refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, microwaves and even washers and dryers. We did a whole round-up of the best tiny appliances.

Double Your Existing Shelf Space

Hit up your local Container Store or discount store and stock up on some cabinet shelves like these. You can use shelves to strategically double your space in almost every area of your kitchen. They work great here on this open shelving, but you can also use them behind closed doors to increase space for your dishes, glassware, cans of food, or other kitchen essentials. If you have a really tall cabinet, you can even stack them on top of one another.

Who Needs An Island When You Can Have a Kitchen Cart?

Tiny kitchens don't often have kitchen islands, but that doesn't mean you can't create the same effect with a handy kitchen cart like this one. If you have enough room, purchase a pre-fab kitchen cart to create much-needed additional storage as well as counter space. Try to find one with wheels so you could easily move it around your house if needed (think buffet space for a holiday dinner or cocktail party).

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Get Creative With Seating

If you don't have room for a dining room, why not create a dining nook in an unused corner of your kitchen space? This snazzy, tufted dining bench creates a much-needed spot for meals without taking up much space. For added storage space, find a bench which also features storage space under the seats.

Add Storage In Front of a Window

Just when you think you don't have any more room in your kitchen for extra shelving, boom: you realize you have space in front of your window. Here's a great example of making the most of the space you have. Open shelving like this doesn't block your view, and adds premium display space without stealing any of the limited counter space. Win-win.

Use Your Walls Too

You can also use wall space in your kitchen for extra storage. Adding a magnetic bar like this one for knife storage allows you to free up counter space and/or drawer space. Wall hooks can work for kitchen towels, oven mitts or even to hang other kitchen tools that might not stick to your magnetic bar.

Use Extra Furniture For Even More Storage

Even if you don't have room for an island or a kitchen cart, you might have space for some extra storage on another piece of furniture. This cart is out of the way against a wall, but still manages to store bar essentials and other items. Try using a bar cart, small cabinet, or even a petite dresser to store things like linen napkins, serving pieces, or even extra food staples that you might not have room for in your cabinets.

Get Everything Off the Counters ...

... and we mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Even small appliances like your microwave can work up on a shelf, opening up precious counter space. This minimalist kitchen is also great inspiration for inspiring us all to pare down. Much like your wardrobe, you can really edit what's needed in your kitchen. Donate or sell unused small appliances, serving pieces or dishware to make room for all of the stuff that you actually do use every day.

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