Utilize Vertical Space in Small Kitchen Remodels

Don’t let any wall space go to waste in small kitchen remodels! Installing open shelves or hanging systems on walls allows you to store items usually reserved for cabinets, leaving the cabinet space for other essentials. Small wall storage goes a long way, too; consider mounting a magnetic knife strip, hanging pots and pans overhead, or adding open shelving above the sink or countertop for easy access to dishes and ingredients. Vertical storage not only saves space but also adds to the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen.

Invest in Multi-functional Furniture

For small kitchen remodels, every piece of furniture should serve multiple purposes. Choose an island or a dining table with built-in storage underneath for pots, pans, or even small appliances like the dishwasher. A fold-down table that can be tucked away when not in use or bar stools that can be completely pushed under the counter allow for flexibility.The Transformer Table is a great example of just how versatile furniture can be.

Opt for Pull-out Cabinets

Pull-out cabinets are a game-changer in small kitchen remodels, because they allow you to access everything in the cabinet without having to dig through items, and they retract to make space when not in use. Spice racks, trash cans, and even cleaning supplies can be neatly organized and hidden away with pull-out mechanisms, and they magically increase your storage space in a big way. 

Use Cabinet Door Organizers

Maximize every inch of space by using the insides of cabinet doors to install hooks, small racks, or magnetic strips to hold utensils, spices, or even small pots and lids. Doing this in an aesthetically-rich way prevents visual clutter, for example: If all of your kitchen hardware is gold, be sure to get a gold magnetic knife strip, and select knives that visually compliment your kitchen. By using a limited color palette, densely organized spaces can avoid looking crowded, and actually be a beautiful design element themselves. 

Choose Slimmer Appliances in Small Kitchen Remodels

In small kitchen remodels, opting for slimmer appliances can free up valuable space. Look for compact versions of traditional appliances, like narrow refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens designed for small spaces. These appliances can offer the same functionality while taking up less room. After the remodel is complete and you’re re-stocking your kitchen, consider purchasing small appliances that serve multiple purposes, like toaster oven/air fryer combos, and Instant Pots.

Incorporate Toe-Kick Storage

The toe-kick area — the space beneath your lower cabinets —  is often overlooked as a storage opportunity. Consider converting this space into pull-out drawers, perfect for storing flat or rarely used items like baking sheets and cutting boards. This hidden storage solution can significantly increase your kitchen’s storage capacity without impacting the overall design, and is virtually invisible, depending on cabinet style. 

Add Over-the-Sink Cutting Boards

Counter space is precious in small kitchen remodels. An over-the-sink cutting board provides an instant additional work surface and can be stored away easily when not needed. Look for cutting boards designed to fit securely over your sink, or have one custom-made to match your countertop material, during the renovation process. 

Install Pegboards

Pegboards offer a versatile storage solution that can be customized to fit any wall space, and has so many purposes. Use a pegboard to hang utensils, small shelves, and even pots and pans. The best part about pegboards is their flexibility; you can rearrange the hooks and shelves as your storage needs change.

Optimize Corner Cabinets

Corner cabinets are often underutilized due to their awkward placement. Incorporating carousel or lazy Susan units can make these spaces more accessible and functional. These solutions allow you to store a variety of items neatly and access them easily by simply spinning the shelf, and can go a very long way toward increasing storage space. 

Embrace Open Shelving

Open shelving is not just a trend; it’s a practical solution for small kitchen remodels. It might feel a little counterintuitive, but trust us — open shelving creates an airy feel by reducing the visual weight of upper cabinets and provides easy access to dishes, glasses, and decorative items. Be strategic about what you display on open shelves to maintain a balance between functionality and aesthetics, and you’ll see a big payoff in the size of your space. 


Small kitchen remodels present a unique set of challenges, but with the right strategies, you can maximize every inch of your space. From utilizing vertical space and investing in multi-functional furniture to optimizing corner cabinets and embracing open shelving, these tips will help you create a more organized and spacious kitchen.

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