7 Small Kitchen Items that Make a Big Difference, According to Interior Designers

published Jan 13, 2020
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The right decor can transform even the smallest of kitchens. To prove our point, we reached out to a handful of interior designers and asked what kinds of space-savvy items they recommend for small kitchens, and they had lots to share. From under-the-sink storage solutions to floating shelves and more, here are seven organizational items that will maximize any size of kitchen. 

Under-the-Sink Storage

“In small kitchens, don’t let a garbage disposal get in the way of maximizing the storage under the kitchen sink cabinet,” says Jean Liu of Jean Liu Design. “We love this tiered shelf at The Container Store because it allows cleaning supplies to be stored around the disposal unit.” Anytime you add stadium-style storage to a cupboard, it’ll not only let you take advantage of vertical space, but it also makes things easier to see and grab.

Buy: Chrome 2-Tier Sliding Organizer, $69.99 from The Container Store

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A Tall Storage Cabinet

Have a blank stretch of wall in your kitchen? Then you can definitely pull off this idea. “A clever storage solution for a small kitchen is to use a standalone piece of furniture like this storage cabinet to house functional items and appliances,” says Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors. “You can create the illusion of a clean and decluttered space by hiding items but keeping them easily accessible for everyday use.” One of these would also be great to use as a pantry if you don’t have one.

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Floating Shelves

“To maximize the space while maintaining a visually appealing aesthetic, opt for an open shelving system (similar to this wall shelf with hooks at Amazon),” says Laurie Blumenfeld-Russo of Laurie Blumenfeld Design. “This can house pots and pans, dinnerware, glassware, and more while making a beautiful design statement.”

A Lazy Susan

“If you have a cramped kitchen corner, then you need a lazy Susan,” says Leila Douglah of Douglah Designs. “Whether it’s a full-corner lazy Susan or blind corner style, don’t let that space go to waste.” Opt for one that allows you full access to that corner with minimal effort like this marble model. You can also use these guys in a fridge for easy access to condiments.

Buy: French Kitchen Marble Lazy Susan, $99.95 from Crate & Barrel

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Pull-Out Cabinet and Drawer Organizers

Cabinet and drawer organizers, like the ones we spotted in Kristin Ziegler’s Virginia row house, are game changers in a small kitchen with limited storage space. “Utilize cabinet and drawer space with pull-out sliding storage solutions, like Richelieu’s Magic Corner,” says Charlie Hellstern of Charlie Hellstern Interior Design

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Clear Storage Bins

“Staying organized is important in even the most spacious of kitchens and doubly so in a tight one,” says Maggie Griffin of Maggie Griffin Design. “These clear acrylic storage bins fit neatly in cabinets and inside your fridge and don’t look bulky.”

Buy: mDesign Deep Plastic Kitchen Storage Organizer, $17.99 $15.99 from Amazon

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A Multifunctional Island

“To maximize your space for a smaller kitchen, consider using an island on casters or an island that can double as a table,” says Drew Hoffpauir of Room Service. “The IAN Kitchen Island by Four Hands  is the perfect fix for kitchens low on space with its pull-out extension that can stow away when not in use.”

Buy: Ian Kitchen Island, $2,830.00 from France & Son