Cramped Kitchen? Hang Your Pots and PansSeptember 14th, 2009 by Emily Gojko
A kitchen is the heart of the home, even in an apartment. If your kitchen is cramped, however, it will be the last place you want to be. Here are some great space saving solutions for your small kitchen.
Hang Your Pots and Pans for More Space
Purchase a rack to hang your pots and pans. These racks are specially made for this purpose, and can be found in many kitchen and bath stores (or home decor stores). The racks are usually meant to be suspended from your ceiling, and they can carry about 8 pots and pans. You can also hang large kitchen utensils, such as large barbecue tongs. Hanging your pots and pans will free up cabinet space for other kitchen items.
Get Extra Storage With a Baker’s Rack
A baker’s rack is a great way to organize your small kitchen space. Not only do they provide additional countertop space, which is always a hot commodity, but they also provide additional shelving or cabinet space. Some baker’s racks have storage to hang your pots and pans too. Baker’s racks come in all different varieties. You can purchase one for your kitchen that is very simple or one that is very elaborate. Some elaborate baker’s racks will have special storage for wine bottles, which is a nice feature. All of this extra storage should help you organize your kitchen, and clear up the clutter.
Buy a Butcher’s Block
Butcher’s blocks are another great way to add storage space, and counter space to your kitchen to rid yourself of that cramped feeling. Butcher’s blocks, like baker’s racks, come in all different types and sizes. A simple butcher’s block should add a small amount of counter space to your kitchen, perhaps enough room for small kitchen appliances, like a microwave or blender. It should also have bottom storage, usually a cabinet. Use the cabinet to store your pots and pans, or pantry items that don’t fit elsewhere.
Use Shelving to Free Up Counter Space
If your countertop is cluttered with spices, jars, or other small items, small shelves are a great solution. You can purchase these small shelves that are meant for underneath the cabinets (above your countertop) at many home and hardware stores. Use the shelves for the items taking up valuable countertop space. Another shelving option are wire shelves or storage units that attach to your wall. These are great for storing large utensils, pasta jars and other items. You can find these wire shelves also at many home and hardware stores. Remember, a free countertop will make your space feel less cramped and cluttered.
If you have a small kitchen, the key is to hide away and organize as many of your kitchen appliances, pots and pans, and pantry items as possible. A cluttered countertop will instantly make a kitchen feel cramped. Crammed cabinets will also make your kitchen feel cramped. Adding storage space and freeing up counter space with the ideas this article provided will help you to be more organized. Your kitchen will once again become welcoming to both you and guests.
Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.