9 Space-Making Storage Hacks for Small Kitchens

  • 01 of 09

    Create a Pantry Using Mason Jars


    If your small kitchen leaves you feeling pinched for space, these nine ingenious  ideas will help you make the most of your tiny layout.

    First up...

    Don't have a pantry? No problem. You can use mason jars to create the storage you need on a blank wall.

    You know how products like flour, pasta, and even dog treats come in different sized packages? The Minim Micro House brings order to storing dry foods like these by pouring each one into a separate quart-sized mason jar.

    Each jar is then placed in one of the two kitchen racks shown above. Each rack can accommodate 25 quart-sized mason jars.

    You can learn more about Minim Micro Homes here.

    Continue to 2 of 9 below.
  • 02 of 09

    Transform a Small Corner Into a Kitchen Storage Nook

    The DIY Homegirl

    DIY Home Girl is one of my favorite small space living sites. The crafty chica behind this clever blog transformed a tiny nook in her small kitchen by adding pegboard storage and bonus counter space. You can see her entire kitchen makeover here. 


    Continue to 3 of 9 below.
  • 03 of 09

    Turn Your Kitchen Junk Drawer into a Spice Rack

    EvelynGiggles Flickr / Creative Commons Attribution

    Drawers can be powerful organizational tools. Designating one as a holding pen for random odds and ends (that you may not really need) is a tremendous waste of precious kitchen real estate. It also enables you to accumulate clutter.

    Like to cook? Transforming your junk drawer into a spice drawer may be a better way to go. Not only can this idea free up cabinet space, but keeping your spices in a well-organized and easy to reach spot can make cooking easier.

    Continue to 4 of 9 below.
  • 04 of 09

    A Kitchen Island That Stores Wine

    Me Jones / Instructables.com

    This DIY kitchen island by Instructables user MeJones provides extra counter space while creating a spot to store up to 18 bottle of wine. To build one of your own, check out his tutorial.

    Continue to 5 of 9 below.
  • 05 of 09

    Open Shelving Kitchen

    New York loft of ReadyMade magazines editor-in-chief, Andrew Wagner. Charles and Hudson / Flickr / Creative Commons Attribution

    Open shelving is a smart storage solution for small kitchens that do not have room for standard hanging cabinets. As a bonus, shelves like these make it easier to grab dishes, glasses and mugs. The home design team, Charles and Hudson, installed the open shelves shown above.

    Continue to 6 of 9 below.
  • 06 of 09

    A DIY Plate Rack

    Oliver and Rust

    This DIY wall plate rack by Meg and Trevor at Oliver and Rust is an attractive storage solution for over-sized items like platters and cutting boards. Here's their tutorial.

    Continue to 7 of 9 below.
  • 07 of 09

    A Rolling Pantry

    DIY Passion

    Erin and Dan from the site, Halifax Bloggers, created a rolling pantry that could fit in the sliver of space between their kitchen wall and fridge. You can learn how to DIY here.

    Continue to 8 of 9 below.
  • 08 of 09

    A Magnetic Spice Rack


    Here's another spicy idea for tapping unused space. Jessi from the pragmatic home decor blog, Practically Functional, created a magnetic spice rack that fits on the back of a kitchen cabinet door. She shares how to DIY here.

    Continue to 9 of 9 below.
  • 09 of 09

    A Storage System That Packs a Small Kitchen Table

    Ikea Hackers

    This hack turns an Ikea Expedit shelving unit into a kitchen storage system that packs a pull-out table. You can find the tutorial here.

    FYI: This year Ikea discontinued the Expedit series. But have no fear, you can DIY the project shown above using components from Ikea's Kallax series.