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

By: Sean McEvoy

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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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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