Ideas for Using that Awkward Space Above the Fridge

updated Mar 11, 2020
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The space above a refrigerator is often overlooked and underused. It’s not particularly accessible for oft-used items, but it’s a shame to have the space go to waste, especially in a small kitchen. I looked at a selection of real homes to see how people were using this space. Some of these examples involve clever built-ins, but many will work for renters, too.

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Simple shelves were installed on the wall above the fridge to hold a few cookbooks and some barware. → Revamp Home Goods

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A television hangs in the niche above this fridge. → Tillman Long Interiors

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all-white kitchen → Laura’s Living Better With Less on Apartment Therapy

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Build-in cabinetry leaves a small gap for easy-t0-see food storage → Better Homes & Gardens

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A combo of wine and cook book storage in these built-in shelves →Emily and Andrew de Stefano’s Kitchen on Design*Sponge

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This custom-built storage has room for a few bulky items as well as slots to hold a collection of cutting boards. → Bev Cooks

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Cabinets are fitted with slots to hold cookie trays and the like → Bright, Bold & Beautiful

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In my own small rental kitchen I turned a steel bookcase on its side and placed it above the fridge to hold our cookbook collection.

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When Andi remodeled her kitchen she had very simple dividers added above her fridge to store large pots and some decorative items. → Andi’s Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal

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Ashley filled in a gap between her fridge and upper cabinets with three identical baskets for storage. → Ashley’s Nest