Genius Kitchens: Space Saving Details for Small Kitchens

Kitchen storage space is always at a premium, and this is especially true in small kitchens. But fortunately, having a kitchen with a small footprint doesn't have to mean always struggling to fit things in. If you're remodeling, consider one of these 13 solutions that will help you get the most out of your small kitchen.

Above, a great way to add extra serving, snacking or work space is with a fold out table that expands when you need it, and folds into the wall when you don't. Another space-saving trick worth stealing from this small kitchen is the shallow shelves in front of the vent hood. Image from Hemnet, via Babble.

Above: Get the most out of a narrow space with a pull-out cabinet, like this one from Home Depot.

An appliance garage can help you save much-needed counter space, as seen on BHG.

Spotted on Martha Stewart: a drawer with two layers of built-in silverware trays, so you can store your everyday stuff and your good silver in the same place.

Or just place lesser-used items on the lower tier. Image from BHG.

This pull-out cutting board/trash can combo adds a little extra works space to a small kitchen, and makes sweeping scraps into the trash super easy. By Gary Wafford.

From This Old House: if you're dealing with cabinets in pre-determined dimensions and you wind up with a little extra space, make use of it by building in a little slot for trays or cutting boards.

A pantry cabinet with rollout shelves makes it much easier to reach things in the back of the cabinet. Image from BHG.

In this example from Classy Clutter, a roll-out pantry cabinet makes excellent use of a few inches next to the fridge. Follow the link for complete DIY instructions.

If you love the idea of bar stools but lack the floor space for them, these swing-out island-mounted stools from House Beautiful may be the perfect solution.

Toe kick drawers, like these from Home Depot, take advantage of otherwise unused space, and are great for big, flat items like cookie sheets and muffin tins.

A rolling work island that tucks under the counter when not in use is a great option for a small kitchen. Image from Houzz.

If you don't have room for a full broom closet, a shallow cabinet, like this one from Home Depot, can do the job just as well.

Corner drawers are a great alternative to a lazy susan for that awkward corner cabinet. From Glenvale Kitchens, via Houzz.

(Image credits: Hemnet; Home Depot; BHG; Martha Stewart; BHG; Gary Wafford; This Old House; BHG; Classy Clutter; House Beautiful; Houzz; Glenvale Kitchens)