Space Saving Tips for the Kitchen

The essential space-saving for the kitchen

Furniture, accessories, storage, and objects to optimize the space of kitchens that lack space.

  • a space-saving service on casters that is easy to move and slip into nooks and crannies
  • a space-saving table that can be easily folded up and clears the passage
  • a splashback bar to hang your kitchen utensils

A small kitchen doesn’t have to be a disadvantage if you take the time to organize it properly. Manufacturers have understood this and are offering more and more clever storage accessories suitable for small areas.

1 – Install a space-saving table

Install a space saving table
Folding Ikea table, perfect for saving space in a small kitchen

This is the trick that will save you the most space in your small kitchen if you have a bulky table. Replace this piece of furniture with a suitable model to save space in the kitchen. The space-saving table can, for example, be a fold-away table in the kitchen, or a wall-mounted table that folds up, like the Norberg table model from IKEA, with a flap.

2 – Take advantage of a retractable worktop

Take advantage of a retractable worktop
A practical retractable worktop to save space in a small kitchen

A retractable worktop is a practical solution to save space in the kitchen. Sliding or even removable, some models are with extensions to have access to additional space to eat, to prepare meals, or even to have more space for a bar area or a coffee area. Some manufacturers offer worktop extension kits, such as the model pictured from Leroy Merlin.

3 – Optimize the available wall space

Optimize the available wall space
A wall-mounted bottle holder is a practical and decorative space-saving solution for storing bottles in a small kitchen

You have no more floor space, use the walls! Some space-saving kitchen storage can also be transformed into decoration. This is the case for example with this wall bottle holder.

4 – Use an adjustable shelf under the sink

Use an adjustable shelf under the sink
This telescopic shelf is ideal for the cabinet under the sink thanks to its easily adjustable notches for the siphon, drain line and other pipes

This telescopic shelf adjustable in width adapts to different configurations, under the sink, and allows to gain additional storage surfaces, even with the presence of the siphon or pipes.

5 – Save space around the sink with this shelf

Save space around the sink with this shelf
A small shelf to put near the sink, which provides additional storage space for washing and cooking utensils

This small shelf that you can find on Amazon is simply placed between your sink and your splashback. You will instantly have access to very practical storage spaces to save space! There is also an expandable model.

6 – Unfold this drainer on your sink

Unfold this drainer on your sink
This collapsible drainer is perfect for a small kitchen

No drainer? No room for a dish rack? Here is the solution! When not in use, just roll it up to store it without taking up too much space. This foldable stainless steel model is available on amazon.fr.

7 – Optimize the worktop space with this retractable cutting board

Optimize the worktop space with this retractable cutting board
This multi-function board can be used as a dish strainer, chopping board and storage basket

The problem with utensils is that they have to be stored, and therefore, they take up space! But this retractable cutting board that doubles as a colander is definitely worth making the list… If you’re running out of space in the kitchen, you know how precious the “countertop” space is. Simply place this board on your sink.

8 – Hang your cups with a cupboard rail

Hang your cups with a cupboard rail
This storage can hang up to 10 mugs and cups

No longer leave your mugs and cups behind with this rail to install inside or outside a closet. Convenient to save space and free up the work surface.

9 – Hang your paper towel with this support

Hang your paper towel with this support
A very practical paper towel holder to save space in a small kitchen

This paper towel holder uses the same principle as the previous storage. Hanging up utensils and accessories is definitely one of the most effective space-saving tips in a small kitchen, so make the most of it!

10 – Double your storage surfaces with this closet shelf

A very simple and inexpensive shelf, to immediately gain storage space in your cupboards. What more could you ask for in a small kitchen? You can also install a corner shelf in your closets

Double your storage surfaces with this closet shelf
A shelf that fits in the cupboard to gain storage space

11 – Increase the storage capacity of your cupboards with this hanging basket

Increase the storage capacity of your cupboards with this hanging basket
This storage basket hangs on the shelf of a shelving unit

Here is another very clever object that allows you to increase the storage and storage capacity of your cupboards. This storage basket simply hangs on the shelf of a shelving unit.

12 – Store cleaning products with this basket to hang inside a closet door

Store cleaning products with this basket to hang inside a closet door
A storage basket to hang from a cupboard door in the kitchen

Cleaning products take up a lot of space in the kitchen… This storage basket to hang inside a cupboard door allows them to be stored more easily, without wasting space!

13 – Organize lids, boards, and plates with this clever storage

Organize lids boards and plates with this clever storage
A space-saving accessory for storing plates, lids and boards

Plates, lids, and cutting boards can take up a lot of space in your cupboards if you don’t store them properly. Here is an accessory that allows you to store them in a smart way! Adjustable, it adapts to different configurations. This storage is available on amazon.fr.

14 – Hang this trash can on a closet door

Hang this trash can on a closet door
A small trash can that hangs on the closet door to save space in a small kitchen

In a small kitchen, you must absolutely avoid bulky garbage cans that will get in your way and prevent good circulation. This simple to install 10L model from the SimpleHuman brand is very functional, you just need to hang it inside a cupboard door. Alternatively, the Brabantia brand offers this model with a removable bucket.

15 – Store your spices on different levels with this space-saving display

Store your spices on different levels with this space saving display
This small stackable storage can store spices, aromatic herbs and other condiments

To save space, of course, but also to have access to all your spices easily and quickly. A very simple and very effective accessory to optimize space in a small kitchen. This spice rack is available on amazon.fr.

16 – Install this adjustable drawer organizer to keep everything in its place

Install this adjustable drawer organizer to keep everything in its place
An adjustable drawer organizer ideal for organizing your kitchen utensils

In a small kitchen, storage and organization are essential! A tidy drawer makes it easy to save space by ensuring the proper organization of utensils and cutlery. The positive point of this model, it is adjustable and can therefore be adapted to different drawers. You can buy this kind of drawer organizer from amazon.fr.

17 – Save space around the sink with this “false drawer” basket

Save space around the sink with this false drawer basket
A practical and functional “false drawer” basket to save storage space in a small kitchen

Optimize the space around the sink by storing the sponges in this false drawer basket. A very simple but very effective space-saving trick for a tidy small kitchen!

18 – Install this magnetic rail on your splashback to store your knives

Install this magnetic rail on your splashback to store your knives
This magnetic bar allows easy access to your knives

A great classic! Use your credenza with a magnetic rail to store your knives. A storage tip that gives your kitchen a ” pro ” touch. You have easy access to your knives, perfect if you cook a lot.

19 – Free up space on the worktop with this splashback kit to hang utensils

Free up space on the worktop with this splashback kit to hang utensils
This hanging splashback kit is useful for easy access to frequently used utensils

Ultra practical to have all your utensils on hand, this hanging splashback kit, available on castorama.fr, is a must-have in small kitchens.

20 – Create additional storage space with this slim cart on wheels

Create additional storage space with this slim cart on wheels
Space-saving, this storage cart on wheels can fit into wasted spaces

The main problem in a small kitchen? The lack of space for storing food, utensils … This storage trolley on wheels ( and therefore easy to move ) can slip into lost spaces, such as between the fridge and a piece of furniture. It replaces a kitchen service or even a central island.

21 – Free up space by installing a shelf to put on the worktop

Free up space by installing a shelf to put on the worktop
This telescopic shelf adapts to different kitchen configurations, and saves storage space

No need to tinker with these shelves. Telescopic, they adapt to different configurations of kitchens ( or kitchenettes ) to gain storage space and thus free up space on the worktop. A practical and inexpensive solution, we validate! You can find shelves of the same type on amazon.fr.

22 – Install practical and trendy wall open shelving

Install practical and trendy wall open shelving
open shelf for small kitchen

Because there is always a lack of practical storage in a small kitchen, provide additional open wall shelves to store your spices for example.

23 – Transform your walls into storage with a modular perforated panel

Transform your walls into storage with a modular perforated panel
A modular perforated panel to transform the wall into storage for kitchen accessories

This modular perforated panel is decorative AND practical. Your walls are transformed into storage for all your accessories, utensils, and even your dishes. It is equipped with hooks and small shelves to position according to your needs. A space-saving piece of furniture suitable for small surfaces!

24 – Slide an under-plinth drawer to gain additional storage space

Slide an under plinth drawer to gain additional storage space
An under-plinth drawer that saves space in a small kitchen for storing utensils

An under-plinth drawer is a simple yet discreet solution that saves extra space for organizing and storing utensils in the kitchen.

25 – Hang your pots and pans high with this support

Hang your pots and pans high with this support
A square wooden support for hanging pots and pans

Your ceiling can save you space … This bracket allows you to hang pots and pans to save space in your drawers and cupboards. Everything is at your fingertips, easily and quickly. This accessory will also bring a nice decorative touch to your kitchen.

26 – Place storage baskets above your kitchen furniture

Place storage baskets above your kitchen furniture
Storage baskets are placed above the kitchen cabinet

Here is a very ingenious idea, unearthed on a beautiful mess blog, which makes it possible to optimize the wasted space above kitchen furniture. Simply place storage baskets to store bottles, groceries, or e#ven kitchen accessories. To give a vintage look to your kitchen, you can opt for these metal baskets.

27 – Save space with built-in appliances

Save space with built in appliances
Even small appliances end up cluttering up space in a small kitchen

The worktop can be very cluttered just because of the small appliances. A space-saving kitchen means rethinking the use of appliances and choosing the most suitable models for small kitchens. Discover our article on household appliances for small kitchens.