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There are many advantages to living in a condo like amazing views, security, terraces, and even special amenities like spas and gyms. Unfortunately space is rarely one of them. Kitchens especially seem to get the proverbial short end of the stick in condos, often being used only for preparation with no room to eat in. People who enjoy cooking find the size of these kitchens frustrating since there is really only enough room for one cook at once, and finding enough storage for all the dishes and cooking tools can seem like an advanced game of Tetris at times. Luckily there are a number of creative solutions for those who find themselves in this situation, and sometimes it is as simple as proper organization that utilizes the space available effectively. Even just getting some custom kitchen cabinets or a smart cabinet design can make all the difference. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of unique innovative space-saving ideas for small kitchens.
Double Duty Cabinet Doors
The inside of cabinet doors often go overlooked as a potential storage space in the kitchen. Of course the shelves are stacked to the top, but why not free up some space in the drawers by attaching some hooks to the doors? Depending on their placement you can use them to hang wooden spoons as well as other baking tools. You could even keep pot lids organized by using a couple hooks to support them from below while securing the lids to the door. Rolls of garbage bags are another option for this spot, it all depends on what works best for you and your home.
Pots and Pans as Decor
Pots and pans take up a lot of space in cupboards, and never seem to stay organized for very long. In a small kitchen that is already tight for space, it makes the most sense just clear them out of your cabinets and free up room for food or dishes. There are a couple ways to store them outside of the cabinets, whether from the ceiling or on the walls. There are a number of racks available that you can mount on the wall to hang them off of. Individual hooks are also incredibly effective if you only have a small handful of pots and pans. They can be organized and hung in a thoughtful way that will contribute to the overall look of the room while also being handy while cooking.
If the kitchen is limited in size but has a lot of headroom, a good idea to look into is a hanging pot rack. A hanging pot rack is exactly what it sounds like; a rack hanging from the ceiling which has hooks to store pots, pans, and any other cooking utensils off of. The hanging rack along with the wall racks are a great option for small kitchens. Not only do they clear out the cabinets, they are useful while cooking. You wouldn’t have to go digging through cabinets to find the right pot or pan, making a mess in the process anymore.
Sliding Cabinets Doors
In a spatially challenged kitchen an open cabinet door can make the room feel even smaller while also posing a potential hazard. Sometimes it makes sense to leave that door open though, whether because you’re cleaning up and putting dishes away or because you’ll be needing ingredients from the cabinet throughout meal preparation. An easy solution is a sliding door kitchen cabinet design. All this requires is removing the traditional swing doors and installing sliding ones instead. Sliding doors can be moved to different sections of the shelving depending on what is convenient for you. They wouldn’t swing wide invading your space and can’t be left open to trip over or walk into. Sliding doors also leave a lot of room to have with. They can be painted with pattern accents or even chalkboard paint to leave messages on.
Lazy Susan’s can be effective in utilizing all the space in a corner cabinet. These cabinets tend to be one of the deepest ones in kitchens, but can be difficult to reach the back of. A Lazy Susan will help with this problem. They can be stocked up and then rotated to put more on the empty spot. This way you’ll be able to easily access everything in the cabinet while using all of the space.