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While having all your ingredients prepped and ready to go like they do on cooking shows sounds great in theory, real-life home cooking isn’t always so photogenic–especially if you’re working in close quarters. Small kitchens can mean limited working and storage space and a higher potential for stress-inducing clutter. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are several hacks for maximizing your space in order to utilize your kitchen to its fullest potential, no matter its size.
Here are some of the best organizational and decorative items to help whip your kitchen into shape.
This magnetic knife rack is a space-saving storage solution that doubles as a display for your knives. While you don’t necessarily need Global knives to use this holder, the bar features the same design that you’ll find on Global knife handles. It has a wall-mounted design and is available in three different lengths–16 inches, 20 inches and 32 inches–to suit a variety of knife collections.
Another wall-mounted storage hack and a must for small kitchens with limited counter and cabinet space. This pot rack has a 36-inch x 8-inch base made of natural wood tracks and two wall mounts that can support about 30 pounds. It comes with mounting hardware, four pan hooks and two swivel hooks made of solid cast aluminum, which give the rack a modern look.
Part of the Martha Stewart Collection for Macy’s, this rustic-chic tool crock keeps kitchen utensils organized thanks to subtle dividers within the container. It’s a great place to store larger utensils that may not fit in a drawer, and its stylish design adds visual appeal to your countertop, especially when paired with other accessories from the collection, like a salt cellar and oil cruet.
Pull up a stool or two to your kitchen counter and instantly turn your work surface into a dining table. This stool by Threshold stands 24 inches tall and boasts a modern, yet functional, design. The stool has a comfortable curved saddle seat and a sturdy hardwood frame. Its backless design allows you to tuck it underneath a table or counter when not in use, saving you even more space.
A statement rug is an easy way to dress up a small kitchen without taking up precious space. This high-end rug from STARK bears a woven platinum and ecru geometric pattern. It’s made of sisal, a fibrous agave species commonly used to make rope and matting, which gives the rug a durability that will hold up to being in a highly trafficked room such as a kitchen.
This mobile kitchen island with four wheels offers an additional work surface when cooking, whether it’s chopping vegetables or cooling cookies on a wire rack. Built-in hooks, a drawer, a small shelf and a cabinet offer extra storage for your kitchen gear. Its two-tone pine wood frame is neutral in color and blends well with most kitchen setups. Some assembly is required.
When it comes to maximizing small spaces, organization is key, and The Container Store is the hub for all things organization. On the kitchen front, they have a number of kitchen starter kits for organizing different areas of the room, from the pantry to utensil drawers to upper and lower cabinets. The lower cabinet organization starter kit comes with a 20-inch roll-out drawer, two roll-out lid holders, an over-the-cabinet lid holder, and two cupboard shelves.
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