Space Savers: 6 DIYs to Make the Most of Cramped Kitchen Counters

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More counter space is at the top of most people's wish lists when it come to kitchens. Here are six accessible projects and ideas for even the smallest of homes, that show you how to eke out even a few more feet of precious prep space — with no major renovations needed.

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1. Cut it Out

Build or modify a cutting board, with notches, to fit right over your sink. Have more burners than you need? Make one with legs that’s perfectly fitted to rest on top of your stove. You could even DIY a countertop extension cutting board if you have a little space. If well cared for, a good cutting board can last for years. The Kitchn will show you how the one above was done.

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2. Pull Out Prep

Install a slide out cutting board drawer right over your trash can for scraps and peelings. You can close it up when not in use. The Farm Chicks shows how hers (above) was made.

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3. Wall Mount It

A foldable, wall-mounted table is a boon for tiny, cramped kitchens. You can even create one with butcher block to use during prep. Photo above from 101 Woonideen.

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4. Get an Extension

This Brooklyn studio (by studiogreener) cut an extra piece of wood, then installed it on brackets at the end of the counter to one side.

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5. Mind the Gaps

Butcher block countertops are trending. Rather than replace your whole kitchen, fill any gaps between your counter space with butcher block slabs on legs. Door Sixteen constructed a section between her IKEA freestanding kitchen cabinets.

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6. Tuck the Toaster

In small kitchens, countertop real estate is at a premium, and not every home comes with a sexy appliance garage. Find another spot for your coffee maker, food blender, or toaster, and get bulky appliances off the kitchen counter and out of your hair until you need them. Get inspired by this pantry set up from Bunker Workshop, then install your own handmade slide out shelves, with a little help from This Old House.

(Image credits: Colin Price; Corelyn Coates & Jennie Palluzzi ; The Farm Chicks; 101 Woonideen; studiogreener; Door Sixteen; Bunker Workshop)

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