Tips for Making a Small Kitchen Seem Bigger

by Lili Patch 08/04/2021

If you’re looking for ways to make a small kitchen seem bigger, it’s as simple as making strategic decoration decisions. Knowing how best to use the space and avoid clutter in a small room of any kind is a challenge. For a kitchen it can be especially difficult because of high traffic, the number of appliances and more. Here are some simple tips to help you maximize your kitchen space:

Maximize Your Shelving

You can double the capacity of existing cabinets by adding interior shelving. The best part is that you can purchase removable shelving components to fit right into the cabinet without the need to break out the power tools. This can instantly make storing dishes, cookware and even food items much easier. You can use them on open shelves instead of cabinets as well. Add a foldable shelf to your existing wall shelves or in your pantry and enjoy the customizable extra storage.

Use Windows & Wall Space

It’s crucial to use every bit of space as possible when trying to fit everything into a small kitchen. One way to do that is so use your kitchen window as well. Try mounting shelves in or in front of the window frame for bright and stylish storage. You can also add hooks to the bottom of the shelves to hang mugs, cooking utensils or cleaning products.

Another great way to put your wall space to work is with magnetic strips. Adding some heavy duty magnets to the wall lets you store knives and even some lightweight cookware vertically—no shelves needed. You can find and purchase adhesive magnets at any hardware store in a variety of shapes and sizes. Get creative and you might find that there are a plethora of objects you can store simply by sticking them to the wall.

Try a Rolling Kitchen Cart

A kitchen island is the dream for many homeowners, but for those with tiny kitchens this dream is seldom a reality. However, by investing in a rolling kitchen cart, you can mimic the look of a kitchen island and get the same functionality. As long as you use a cart that has stoppers on the wheels you can use the surface space for food prep and anything more you might need extra counter space for. You can also store many items underneath, either on shelves, in attached baskets or drawers, depending on the style of cart. Add a small bar around the entire thing to hang dish towels anywhere you might need them or attach more magnets for easy cutlery storage.

The best thing about a rolling kitchen cart is the flexibility. If you need to make more room, simply roll the cart aside. You can use it as an island or keep it against a wall for more permanent counter space. No matter what, it’s a simple and economical way to add tons of storage and flexibility to a small kitchen.

These are just a few simple ways to make the best of the space in your kitchen. While these tips are great for kitchens of all shapes and sizes, they can be especially beneficial for those that feel a little cramped or that are lacking storage.

About the Author

Lili Patch

Radio Personality turned Realtor; I welcome the opportunity to turn house selling and house hunting into a fun and educated experience. House buying should feel like you're shopping with a friend, and I will keep you in the loop the entire time so you will not be wondering what you just signed or what happens next. It's that seamless, and we may even have lunch or dinner. I do this because when I started my real estate journey on the east coast, buying my first condo at the age of 18, I was clueless. I wished I had someone who had made that a stress free transaction- but it wasn't, and thats how I got the Real Estate bug. Let's take a step back first though to my first "job", I studied communications and entered the broadcasting industry. Through the years I purchased some more properties, and felt there was a gap that needed to be filled in the Real Estate profession. I set the bar very high on skill set & customer service. I have Real Estate Licenses in 4 states, which means I have more education, and training than most agents. My level of knowledge, strategy and experience is what sets me apart. I know how important being an astute negotiator is, being relentless, and answering the phone when it rings. I have earned certifications as a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), a Certified Home Marketing specialist (CHMS), and a Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA).

Meeting with people and traveling both east coast and west coast has given me a broad appreciation of the different laws, protections, and scenario's you encounter in real estate. Having the benefit of my communication background coupled with the vast knowledge of multi-state experience has been the backbone of my success.