12 Tricks to Make the Most Out of Your Tiny Kitchen

Two words: look up!

Erica George Dines + Kathryn Wirsing

Just because you have a small cooking space doesn't mean you have to de-prioritize the decor in your kitchen to make it functional. These clever ideas prove you can do more with less, without sacrificing style.

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Kathryn Wirsing
Hang pots and pans.

Instead of taking up valuable cabinet space with these clunky items, use Command Hooks to hang them on an unused wall, . Start by hanging the biggest items first, then incorporate the medium-sized ones and finish with the smallest items.

What you'll need: Command hooks, $5,

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Kathryn Wirsing
Switch up what goes where.

Your storage doesn't have to be used in the way it was originally intended. Instead of hanging towels that look cluttered on this rack, looks streamlined and polished.

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One Kings Lane
Display your cutting boards.

If your cabinets are too cramped to fit all of your kitchen gear, stealthily use the cuter items as decor. For instance, chunky vintage cutting boards or bright colanders can double as artwork. And a row of matching mixing bowls stuck above cabinets looks intentional, not messy.

What you'll need: cutting board, $24,

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kitchen bench
Simplified Bee
Install storage under benches.

Not only does a breakfast nook bench take up less space than chairs, but this one also has the seat cushions for less-frequently-used items, like holiday tablecloths.

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A Diamond in the Stuff
Try a drop-leaf table.

If you yearn for an eat-in kitchen, but a large table just won't fit, consider a foldable option. The leaves flip up so everyone has a spot come dinner time, but tuck out of the way when not in use. Plus, the center of the table can serve as extra prep space all the time.

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Untamed Perspective
Add a breakfast bar.

Open space, like the , or , magically morphs into extra eating space with a board and a few benches.

What you'll need: wood countertop, $80,

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Erica George Dines
Lighten up your palette.

Barbara Westbrook, interior designer and author of , knows the power of pale hues. She chose Pratt and Lambert's Chalk Grey paint for this kitchen's walls and range hood to brighten the room and impart a sense of openness.

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Freckle and Fair
Take over an empty wall.

Open shelving can offer a ton of flexible storage, but requires a full commitment for it to look stylish. A wall dedicated to shelves looks like a purposeful design statement, but a lowly cart just looks like clutter.

What you'll need: floating shelves, $45,

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Kathryn Wirsing
Install open shelving.

If you can't part with your kitchen cart (), just hang shelves above it to make the piece feel like a permanent fixture in your kitchen. These black shelves offer more than enough space for your full spice collection.

What you'll need: Command picture ledge, $21,

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Paper Daisy Design
Invest in an island cart.

While you're cooking, a wheeled cart is as helpful as a big island (which is not an option for most tiny kitchens), but can roll out of the way when you're done.

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Dear Lillie
Use awkward nooks for dining.

Even an awkward, narrow nook can comfortably seat six, if you choose efficient built-in benches instead of chairs.

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Lauren Bamford
Put your ceiling to work.

Hanging pots and pans from the ceiling frees cabinets of bulky equipment and creates visual interest, too. Designer Jason Grant used a natural timber to create a rustic look — try a for a similar effect.

What you'll need: vintage ladder, $43,

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