One of the biggest challenges of living in a small apartment is dealing with a small kitchen—and figuring out where to put all your stuff. Here's a solution you might not have thought of, a way to utilize a little bit of storage space you might not have realized you had. The space in question? The side of the cabinets.
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.
In this kitchen from Homelife, the side of the cabinet becomes a handy place to hang cutting boards, which can be tricky to store in traditional cabinets.
Steph from Saltbush Avenue used these IKEA picture ledges to keep spices she uses often within easy reach.
This counter side of the cabinet, in a kitchen from IKEA, works particularly hard, with a bar for drying herbs, a rack for spices, hanging spots for utensils (and an iPad!), and rails for what looks like foil and plastic wrap—a handy way to keep these items within easy reach.
This rolling pin hanging on the side of a cabinet, spotted on BHG, is equal parts functional and decorative—almost like a little bit of kitchen sculpture.
In this kitchen from Ore Studios, the side of a cabinet is a handy place for a knife rack.
In this sweet kitchen from Country Living, small shelves mounted to the sides of the cabinets on either side of the sink provide the perfect spot for small items like spices and sauces.
In this kitchen from The 2 Seasons, a towel rail + some S hooks make a handy pot rack that mounts to the side of a cabinet. (Bonus points if the posts in question are extra pretty, like these.)
Tell us: What other little-though-of spots in your kitchen do you cleverly use for storage?