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12 Tricks to Make the Most Out of Your Tiny Kitchen

Two words: look up!

Shelf, Furniture, Room, Kitchen, Property, Countertop, Shelving, Cabinetry, Interior design, Home,
Erica George Dines + Kathryn Wirsing

Just because you have a small cooking space doesn't mean you have to de-prioritize the decor in your kitchen to make it functional. These clever ideas prove you can do more with less, without sacrificing style.

Countertop, Room, Kitchen, Furniture, Cabinetry, Property, Interior design, Major appliance, Kitchen stove, Floor,
Kathryn Wirsing
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Hang pots and pans.

Instead of taking up valuable cabinet space with these clunky items, use Command Hooks to hang them on an unused wall, like this pro organizer did. Start by hanging the biggest items first, then incorporate the medium-sized ones and finish with the smallest items.

What you'll need: Command hooks, $5, amazon.com

Shelf, Furniture, Display case, Shelving, Cabinetry,
Kathryn Wirsing
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Switch up what goes where.

Your storage doesn't have to be used in the way it was originally intended. Instead of hanging towels that look cluttered on this rack, pot and pan lids looks streamlined and polished.

Decorate Kitchen Gear
One Kings Lane
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Display your cutting boards.

If your cabinets are too cramped to fit all of your kitchen gear, stealthily use the cuter items as decor. For instance, chunky vintage cutting boards or bright colanders can double as artwork. And a row of matching mixing bowls stuck above cabinets looks intentional, not messy.

See more at One Kings Lane »

What you'll need: cutting board, $24, etsy.com

kitchen bench
Simplified Bee
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Install storage under benches.

Not only does a breakfast nook bench take up less space than chairs, but this one also has storage hidden underneath the seat cushions for less-frequently-used items, like holiday tablecloths.

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Drop Leaf Dinging Table
A Diamond in the Stuff
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Try a drop-leaf table.

If you yearn for an eat-in kitchen, but a large table just won't fit, consider a foldable option. The leaves flip up so everyone has a spot come dinner time, but tuck out of the way when not in use. Plus, the center of the table can serve as extra prep space all the time.

See more at A Diamond in the Stuff »

Furniture, Table, Desk, Bar stool, Room, Stool, Hardwood, Wood, Wood stain, Chair,
Untamed Perspective
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Add a breakfast bar.

Open space, like the edge of a counter, windowsill or kitchen pass-through, magically morphs into extra eating space with a board and a few benches.

See more at Untamed Perspective »

What you'll need: wood countertop, $80, amazon.com

Light Color Paint
Erica George Dines
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Lighten up your palette.

Barbara Westbrook, interior designer and author of Gracious Homes, knows the power of pale hues. She chose Pratt and Lambert's Chalk Grey paint for this kitchen's walls and range hood to brighten the room and impart a sense of openness.

See more in Gracious Homes »

Kitchen Open Shelving
Freckle and Fair
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Take over an empty wall.

Open shelving can offer a ton of flexible storage, but requires a full commitment for it to look stylish. A wall dedicated to shelves looks like a purposeful design statement, but a lowly cart just looks like clutter.

See more at Freckle & Fair »

What you'll need: floating shelves, $45, amazon.com

Shelf, Furniture, Shelving, Room, Drawer, Kitchen, Chest of drawers, Cabinetry, Small appliance, Countertop,
Kathryn Wirsing
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Install open shelving.

If you can't part with your kitchen cart (like this editor couldn't), just hang shelves above it to make the piece feel like a permanent fixture in your kitchen. These black shelves offer more than enough space for your full spice collection.

What you'll need: Command picture ledge, $21, amazon.com

Kitchen Island Cart
Paper Daisy Design
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Invest in an island cart.

While you're cooking, a wheeled cart is as helpful as a big island (which is not an option for most tiny kitchens), but can roll out of the way when you're done.

See more at Paper Daisy Design »

Banquette Dining Room
Dear Lillie
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Use awkward nooks for dining.

Even an awkward, narrow nook can comfortably seat six, if you choose efficient built-in benches instead of chairs.

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Hanging Pots and Pans
Lauren Bamford
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Put your ceiling to work.

Hanging pots and pans from the ceiling frees cabinets of bulky equipment and creates visual interest, too. Designer Jason Grant used a natural timber to create a rustic look — try a vintage ladder for a similar effect.

See more at Mr. Jason Grant »

What you'll need: vintage ladder, $43, amazon.com

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