Most homeowners want a spacious kitchen with lots of storage for appliances and accessories. In reality, though, many homes have smaller kitchens that aren’t always practical. Learn to make the most of the area you have. Here are tips for maximizing space in your kitchen.

Use the Wall for Storage

To expand your kitchen storage options, look into how you can use wall space. The specifics are up to you. Hang a rack for hand towels or install a row of hooks to display pots, pans, and other utensils. The walls can be used for shelving to store canned goods, mounting a spice rack, or you can even add more cabinets if the space is large enough.

Choose Smaller Appliances to Maximize Space in Your Kitchen

Appliances often take up much of our kitchen real estate and, if a kitchen is small to begin with, many appliances feel too large for the room. Fortunately, most kitchen appliances, including ovens, fridges, and dishwashers, are available in smaller sizes. When it’s time to replace an appliance, shop for a model that takes up less space.

Efficient Drawer Usage

Learning to get the most out of drawer storage will also help maximize kitchen space. For instance, instead of having one drawer for forks and spoons and a separate one for knives, combine the flatware into one.

Take inventory of your silverware and discard pieces that are scratched, damaged, or rarely used. This opens up drawer space that can be used for something else. Use organizer trays and dividers to keep everything tidy and easy to find.

Maximize Your Space with a Kitchen Island

It can be a pricey one-time purchase but great for maximizing space: install a kitchen island. Rather than having plates, pots and pans, and other accessories taking up countertop and cabinet space, store things in/on the island. You’ll have more room for food prep and additional cabinets and drawers for storage beneath the counter.

Not everyone has the means to create their dream kitchen but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a space that feels open and comfortable. With creativity, resourcefulness, and some of these tips, you’ll learn how to make the most of your limited kitchen space.

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