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

updated Mar 11, 2020
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More counter space is at the top of most people’s wish lists when it comes 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.

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.

→ Renter Solutions: 10 Smart Kitchen Solutions for More Storage and Counter Space

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.

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.

→ DIY Project: Wall Mounted Tables for Every Room!

4. Get an Extension

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

(Image credit: Door Sixteen)

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.

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.

Re-edited from a post originally published 8.11.2014 – CM