One of the biggest challenges of living in a small apartment is dealing with a small kitchen, and in 2017, we shared plenty of advice about how to make it work. As the year is coming to a close, we've rounded up some of the best advice all in one place, so you can make next year the year you finally make your tiny kitchen work for you.
Pots and pans can be the most difficult things to find space for in a kitchen, because they're difficult to stack, and too deep to store in upper cabinets. This was particularly an issue in Maria's tiny kitchen, where an undercounter fridge and a dishwasher ate up a lot of lower cabinet space. The solution? A hanging pot rail, which provides storage for all her pots and pans and even a few utensils, too.
Don't forget about using the ceiling for storage. You could buy a heavy-duty ceiling pot rack (like this one from Crate & Barrel) or try a DIY project like the owners of this small kitchen, who created a hanging bar.
Pot rails are great for storage, but you can also use them to create a vertical kitchen garden. This example uses IKEA's Fintorp system.
This genius organizer ($48 from Food52) sticks to the side of your fridge, so you don't have to worry about mounting anything on the wall, and holds all kinds of stuff, including paper towels, kitchen towels, and spices. See more smart products for small kitchens here.
The kitchen in Daniel Lubrano's tiny Manhattan apartment is a model of efficiency. The walls around the counter have steel shelves, a towel bar and a rustic wood hanging wall cabinet. But the really interesting spot can be seen underneath the window. Though the space is very thin, a steel shelf adds another layer of storage, or even a prep area, to the kitchen. There's no wasted space underneath that top shelf, either — there's another shelf with boxes for storage and baskets for storage on the floor. You can find similar shelves from IKEA.
At Rachel and Brian's Chicago home, the side of a cabinet is the perfect spot for hanging utensils. This is a great solution for a kitchen that's short on drawer space, as many apartment kitchens are.