23 Nov 10 Budget-Friendly Small Kitchen Storage Ideas
When it comes to tackling the process of organizing a small space, specifically a small kitchen, you need to get creative. We have compiled a list of our top 10 affordable ideas to maximize the square footage that you do have to work with. There is a plethora of options to choose from, so at least one of them should suit your kitchen storage needs and interior design aesthetic preferences.
Here are 10 Budget-Friendly Small Kitchen Storage Ideas
1. Corner Cabinets
When designing a small kitchen, every inch of square footage should be considered. Corner cabinets maximize otherwise wasted space. A corner cabinet is a cabinet that is designed for the corner of a room specifically. These cabinets can be organized with lazy susans for easy access to items such as dry goods and spices, making it ideal for extra pantry space.
2. Custom Shelving Above Refrigerator
Adding shelving units throughout the kitchen is such a simple way to expand storage space within the room. Specifically installing them above your refrigerator allows you to utilize the height of your kitchen ceilings. This creates the perfect display for items like cookbooks and décor. Plus, open shelving is very trendy!
3. Floating Shelves
Speaking of shelving, installing floating shelves above the kitchen sink, or framing the oven range creates more storage space that does not feel cluttered. Floating shelves are simply shelves installed straight into a wall, constructed of either wood or metal. All of the nails and brackets used to secure the shelf to the wall are hidden from sight, giving the illusion that the shelves are floating.
Decor and kitchen supplies can be artfully placed on them, creating a one-of-a-kind design. Furthermore, this is a super cost-effective option since all that is needed is wooden planks, a wood stain if desired, and tools to hang them securely on the walls.
4. DIY Peg Boards
A little DIY project of sorts that adds a tremendous amount of storage space and that can be tailored to your needs specifically is installing peg boards on various kitchen walls. A peg board is a wooden board that has small holes drilled throughout, which can snugly fit pegs (typically also crafted of wood). The wooden pegs can then be used to hang anything from kitchen utensils to pots and pans, and everything in between.
5. Reusable Food Storage Containers
Either on exposed shelving or within a kitchen pantry, reusable food containers are a must. It is so easy to create a super organized and practical space that is also maximized to its’ fullest potential. You can get reusable containers, plastic or glass, for low cost. Airtight containers also allow your food to stay good longer beyond looking aesthetically pleasing.
6. Magnetic Knife Strips
For chefs at work with a small space, a magnetic knife strip is essential. Simple, cheap, and effective, this is the perfect way to store your kitchen knives. Metal knives simply attach to the magnetic strip and can be placed on the wall above any kitchen countertop, whether near the stove range or the prep area. This storage solution specifically allows easy access and keeps countertops clear. Plus, it saves a lot of drawer space as well that can then be utilized for other items.
7. Drawer Dividers and Organizers
One area that should be a major focus when it comes to organization is kitchen drawers. Whether you have many or just a few, optimize the drawer space that you do have with either dividers or organizers, or both for a pristine space. From silverware to Ziploc bags, there are so many affordable options on the market that’ll make this process a piece of cake!
8. Hang Up Pots and Pans
Like the knife strip mentioned above, pots and pans can be hung above the oven range for easy access while preparing your signature recipes. This also frees up cabinet space for dishes, drinkware, and dry goods. Plus, it makes the process of cooking in and of itself a breeze because all you need to do is grab the pots from the hooks, or whatever you choose to hang them up on, before you get to preparing your meal.
9. Pull-Out Storage
If you want to level up your kitchen drawer organization a bit, consider setting up pull-out storage in one or more of the drawers. There are numerous options that make use of every square inch of drawer space within a small kitchen. For example, pull-out spice racks and utensil organizers. These are fantastic for maintaining a clean, fresh, and minimalistic look and feel, without limiting what you can keep on-hand for all your baking and cooking needs.
10. Utilize Interior of Cabinet Doors
Again, making the most of a snug kitchen is all about innovation, and that means using every possible square inch of space. The interior of a cabinet door is a perfect example. This is an area that would otherwise remain bare and go underutilized, it is a terrific spot to make use of.
One popular idea is to install a spice rack on the back side of the cabinet door, complete with wooden shelves and protective lips to make sure that the spice bottles do not fall, break, or move when the cabinet door is opened and closed, which is sure to happen if they are not properly secured. If that much space is not needed for cooking spices, you can also use it to store aprons, school lunch boxes for your kids, and even extra snacks. Anything that you do choose to place there will be super easy to access in a pinch.
As you can see, there are endless ways to make the most of a small kitchen, without breaking the bank or getting rid of your overly large coffee mug collection. From cooking utensils to drinkware and cookbooks, there is a multitude of innovative ways to store it all.
Which of these ideas is your favorite? Have you done something else in your own kitchen that you would recommend? We would love to hear all about them! Keep reading Factory Cabinet Direct for more kitchen tips! Also, keep a look out for our regular sales to help you save even more on kitchen cabinet products!