Small Kitchen storage ideas- Home Improvement / Decor

We recently moved to Central Florida from Michigan. My husband and I had designed and built our house in Michigan and I had a huge kitchen (I love to bake and cook). My new kitchen is small....only two large upper and lower cabinets and a small pantry. I am having a difficult time finding room

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    We recently moved to Central Florida from Michigan. My husband and I
    had designed and built our house in Michigan and I had a huge kitchen
    (I love to bake and cook). My new kitchen is small....only two large
    upper and lower cabinets and a small pantry. I am having a difficult
    time finding room for bakeware, cookware and dishes much less
    groceries! Does anyone have some very inexpensive ideas on how I
    could get some additional storage in the kitchen? I have looked
    through a ton of catalogs and they have some really neat storage

    ideas/solutions but they cost tons more than I can afford to spend
    (which is next to nothing!) Any thoughts/ideas would be greatly
    appreciated. Thanks, Kerrt
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    Sorry, it won't let me add photos. Anyway, it looks like black iron.
    It comes with something to hang it from the wall on. Ikea is a great
    place to look for storage ideas.

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    I have a very tiny Kitchen. What I did to help with space was to
    install a dish rack on the wall behind the sink. The dishes drip dry
    into the sink itself. I got the dish rack at Ikea. I'll post a
    picture of it in the photo section here. Look under "jas" for it.
    This has helped give me more counter space.

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    I too am dealing with a too small kitchen and way too many pots and pans.
    My solution so far has been to store my cookware on top of the cabinets.
    Its not great but its better than nothing. The biggest problem is that
    our old place had a decent sized pantry. This has none. I have a big metal
    shelf (6FT) that I got at target for maybe 30 dollars that I am putting the
    groceries on for now. Its not a long term solution though because that wall
    has
    a sort of cut out into the living room and it blocks that. The only other
    place I could store things would be in the utility closet but I was worried

    about
    the moist heat.

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    I don't know if it helps but I have a short dresser in my kitchen.
    It's 4 drawers high and holds my towel and utensils. I guess I could
    put short baking pans in it too. The great thing is it's short so I
    use the top for extra counter space, too.

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    I have seen ladders hung from the ceiling and you can
    hang your pots and pans from the rungs~~~~looks very
    decorative.
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    Re: Small Kitchen storage ideas


    My last kitchen was much smaller than the one I'd had and I facedt
    the same problem. I was able to hang a pot rack from the ceiling
    and hang most of my pots by the handles. My only problem with it
    was that the rack I bought had hooks that were not welded on (so I
    could place them whereever I wanted them)so sometimes as I'd get a
    pot down a hook would come flying down with it. It saved me a lot
    on cupboard space so I learned to deal with it. Also, I had a
    second bathroom off the kitchen that had a tub/shower we never
    used. I bought a piece of ply wood cut to fit and lay it on top of
    the rim of the tub, covering it. I then put up a set of plastic
    shelves and use this area as a pantry. I also stored ribbons in a
    plastic grocery bag hung over the shower head and got a hanging bag
    for my gift wrap and hung that from the shower rod. I was lucky
    with the layout of the room that I could hang a tension rod and
    curtain and screen off the shower and floor area outside it. I kept
    my vacuum, mop, bucket etc. all back there.

    Perhaps you have a different room somewhere in your house you could
    use for storage of items not frequently used. I will say that it
    also caused me to really think about what I need and use. We moved
    last month and the kitchen here is no bigger and I don't have the
    area to make into a pantry but with the help of some cabinets over
    the washer/dryer and my getting rid of stuff I wasn't using it all
    fit in.

    Hope you find a solution that works well for you,
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    Re: Small Kitchen storage ideas


    Hi Kerrt:

    some suggestions:

    -look at "riser racks" that double your cupboard space - often part of
    the cupboard is wasted with deadspace.......Regal has many of these
    types of racks for a relatively cheap price
    -are there shelves you can add to your pantry to make more room? Often
    we forget that shelves can be attached to the inside of doors as well
    -plastic containers to help organize foodstuffs
    -simple racks to hang pots/pans
    -do you have duplicates of appliances that you are trying to make room
    for? Check & perhaps get rid of those you don't use.
    -put a cupboard on wheels - it can double as a chopping block plus
    provide extra storage.
    -do you have room for storage elsewhere in your home for those things
    that are not used often (my aunt made a small pantry in her laundry
    room in the basement which allowed for storing canning equipment, extra
    food, etc.)

    HTH,

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    I have a huge wardrobe in my kitchen that I use as a pantry. It'll do till we can afford cabinets. =)

    I don't know if it helps but I have a short dresser in my kitchen.
    It's 4 drawers high and holds my towel and utensils. I guess I could
    put short baking pans in it too. The great thing is it's short so I
    use the top for extra counter space, too.

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    I've heard of people attaching peg board to either a wall or door and
    then using "S" hooks to hang pots,pans, cooking utensils etc... on it.
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    Small Kitchen storage ideas


    I just wanted to say "Thank-you" to everyone who has given me
    wonderful ideas for my small kitchen. There are a ton that I would
    love to use but we have 15 foot sloped ceilings and I have about a 1
    foot section of wall space that is not in a doorway! The kitchen is
    open to the family room so it is given an illusion that it is larger
    than it really is! Plus it has four doorways, one on each wall.

    I do plan on adding some shelves to my laundry room that is right
    off the kitchen for some added storage and my mom is planning a trip
    to Ikea in September so I will send her on a mission to look for
    storage ideas for me. I am contemplating getting some sort of cart
    too and putting it in one door way...I am not sure if it will hinder
    the pantry door from opening or not (its a bi-fold door)but will
    have my hubby measure and see.

    You all are Great!! Thanks again for your help, it has made me
    excited about using my kitchen again....my kids and hubby thank you
    too, they are now getting home cooked meals and goodies again...

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    I live in a tiny studio apartment, so I have to deal with a small kitchen
    and little storage space. This is what I do..... and some suggestions that
    may help you....

    I got rid of items I seldom, or never used. Some items can be used for more
    than one purpose -- a teakettle heats water....... a saucepan can heat
    water AND cook dinner. SO scale down the number and quantity of items you
    own. If you dont use it, then dont keep it -- sell or give away.

    Not everything has to be stored in the kitchen. I have sevaral items that I
    use -- twice a year perhaps -- that I store in the closet. I have some
    extra food stored in my closet also. Nonperishable food can be stored
    anyplace in your home. Cases of canned stuff can be stored under the bed,
    in a closet...... Other items can be stored in an empty dresser drawer or
    coffee table drawer. Keep several cans or items in the kitchen, but store
    the bulk of stufff elswhere in your home. I even store seldom used, huge
    rolls of clear wrap and aluminum foil in the cloest untill I need them for
    bulk cooking sessions.

    Even in my dinky apartment, I have room for a small (5 cubic foot) freezer.
    It takes up about 4-5 square feet of floor space -- which means I also get
    that much more counter space as it is about the same height as my kitchen
    counter.

    I have a small microwave that works fine for me. Smaller kitchen appliances
    can often do almost as much as the full size ones -- and take up much less
    space. I seldom find stuff that I would need a larger microwave for -- and
    on those rare occasions I use my oven on my stove.

    I frequently -- every 4-5 months -- go thru my entire apartment and get rid
    of excess things I no longer use. This frees up room for the htings I do
    use -- which can store stuff you have no room for in the kitchn!!!

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    When we bought our recent house, it had a MUCH smaller citchen than
    the ones in our last 3 houses. It drove me crazy just trying to find
    a place to put everything! I didn't have a lot of $$ to buy expensive
    fixes either. Here are a few of the things I've done.

    I bought 2 wooden wall shelves. The kind that are unfinished wood,
    and you attach 2 supports to the wall studs and then screw the shelf
    to the supports. My cabinets are white, so I painted them white.
    Themn I bought large cup hooks and screwed them into the bottom of the
    one shelf, attached the shelf to the wall and hung my pots and
    skillets on the hooks. It's a LOT cheaper than one of those overhead
    racks and works GREAT! I put the other shelf on the other wall and
    use it for storing cookbooks, and hooks under it to hang my everyday
    coffee cups. The whole project cost less than $10.00 and freed up an
    entire cabinet where I had my pots stored.

    I then went to The Container Store and bought a "pot lid rack" that
    attaches to the inside of a cabinet door. That's where I store all
    the pot/pan lids. I think it was about $8.00 and they're now
    completely out of the way!

    I bought a card of self stick white plastic wall hooks at the dollar
    store. I attached them to the inside of an upper cabinet door to hang
    my measuring cups and spoons on. Now they are out of the drawer and
    easily accessed when needed, since they are inside the cabinet door
    that's just abouve where I mix everything.

    Home Depot/Lowes have a drawer hinge kit that will make those 2 little
    trim parts on the from of your sink cabinet into little tilt out
    drawers. They cost about $10 for the set and it gives you a very
    convenient place to store scrubbers, brushes, etc.

    I also bought an adjustable plastic shelf for under the sink. It
    expands to go around the pipes under the sink, but makes use of all
    that wasted space by giving you a shelf on both sides of the drain
    pipes, and it's aluminum frame with plastic slats for the shelves so
    it will last forever!

    I attached everything I could under the cabinets. Electric can
    opener, paper towel holder, and a radio.

    Hope some of these ideas start you thinking.
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    christie...I love that idea...

    a friend of mine did that...put her microwave on it (instead of a cart) and
    was able to use the drawers for her canned goods and her pots and pans too!
    worked out beautifully!

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    Arron took a peg board and we have hung alot of our pots and pans up...saves alot of room too!!!
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