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From Floor to Ceiling: Optimal Storage in Small Kitchens

Every square inch counts - especially in small kitchens! Often, organizing small kitchens is like solving a complex puzzle where every pot, pan, and spice jar should find its rightful place. But with the right strategy, even the tiniest kitchen can be transformed into a masterpiece of efficiency and design. Learn here how to make the most of every inch of your kitchen with clever solutions and innovative ideas.

The Right Furniture Design for More Storage in Small Kitchens

The key to making the most of a small kitchen lies in how and where kitchen accessories are stored. With the right furniture design, you can ensure order and create an aesthetic wow factor. Below, we show you the various options for more storage space in your small kitchen.

Vertical Storage Solutions in Small Kitchens

When thinking about storage solutions in small kitchens, you might first consider a functional kitchen counter with matching wall cabinets. However, there's a significant factor you might be overlooking: vertical space. There's a lot of untapped potential in the walls and ceiling, so why limit storage to just the floor?

  1. The Classic: Pull-Out Pantry Cabinets
    Pull-out pantry cabinets have been popular for many years - and for good reason. Besides their practical height, they fit into narrow spaces due to their slim width. The extendable interior is fully usable and makes organizing items easier. With functional access from both sides, you can easily spot your kitchen accessories.
  2. Floor-to-Ceiling Kitchen Cabinets for Your Small Kitchen
    Instead of a pull-out pantry, you can also use floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinets and wall shelves as storage solutions in small kitchens. There's even space for your coffee maker or microwave. A helpful tip: Opt for closed fronts! Floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinets expertly hide the storage space, instantly making small kitchens look tidy.
  3. Install Upper Cabinets Up to the Ceiling
    For efficient workflows, store rarely used kitchen items in the upper compartments and everyday items in the lower ones. It's worth investing in a step stool for easy access.
  4. Choose Tall Base Cabinets
    Base cabinets with a height of 90 cm offer 20% more storage space in your small kitchen and allow for an additional drawer in the cabinet.
  5. Utilize Free Wall Space
    In small kitchens, free walls are perfect for tall shelves. Use them as convenient pantry cabinets and store groceries and dishes within easy reach.

A useful tip: Select small shelves and wall rails for kitchen backsplashes and niches. Store everyday kitchen items here, so you don't have to search for them for long.

Horizontal Storage Solutions in Small Kitchens

But also think in terms of width. That means: How can you make the most of kitchen lines and base cabinets while simplifying workflows? With our tips, you can create maximum storage space in small kitchens.

  1. Choose practical corner cabinets
    Kitchen corners are often disliked areas, but unused storage space hides here. Corner cabinets make use of the depth of the space and become even more practical with swiveling shelves. This allows you to access the furthest corners of the cabinet, and kitchen utensils such as pots, pans, and food are immediately within reach. 
  2. Use deep built-in cabinets
    You can gain additional storage space with kitchen cabinets that have a depth of 75 cm. With just 15 cm more wall space, you can achieve 32% more storage space in small kitchens. 
  3. Utilize pull-out work surfaces
    The space below work surfaces also offers potential: Pull-out bottoms remain space-saving and only appear when needed. If there is no space there, alternatively, incorporate pull-out work surfaces in base cabinets. 
  4. Use the kitchen plinth as storage space
    In small kitchens, every centimeter must be utilized! With a plinth drawer, you can plan additional storage space and arrange large, flat kitchen items such as trays and serving plates.
  5. Attach railing systems in niches
    With a railing system in niches, you can store kitchen utensils such as cooking spoons and kitchen rolls in a space-saving way, while work surfaces and cabinets remain uncluttered.  

Cabinet Interior Organization in Small Kitchens

Have you ever wondered how many times you've searched for a specific spice or cooking spoon? Quite often, right? Find out here how you can save time in small kitchens with thoughtful interior organization of cabinets.

  1. Different Heights for Kitchen Shelfs
    Shelves and cabinets with removable shelves are a practical solution in small kitchens. With different shelf heights and surfaces, you can customize cabinets and provide a suitable place for both bulky dishes and small storage containers.
  2. Plan Different Cabinet Pullouts
    In cabinets and drawers, you can expand storage space by using additional pullouts and inner drawers. Store differently sized appliances and kitchen items on multiple levels. While cooking, the contents are also accessible from three sides.
  3. Utilize Cabinet Shelves and Drawer Systems
    Upper and lower cabinets can sometimes be impractical as storage if shelves are not adjustable or not present. The solution: additional shelf inserts! This way, you can store items like cups or cleaning supplies on two or more levels.

    Or are you looking for a solution for messy drawers? Then choose functional drawer systems for cutlery, spices, and even pots.

  4. Incorporate Cabinet Doors
    Cabinet doors also offer storage space. Use narrow shelves, hooks, or magnets to cleverly store spice jars, towels, and dishcloths, for example.

Storage Solutions for Small Kitchens

The benefits of a well-organized small kitchen are obvious: it promotes smooth workflow, avoids unnecessary searching, and offers an appealing design. As assistance, we provide you with a checklist of the most important hints for storage in small kitchens.

  1. Install pull-out pantry cabinets, floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinets, and upper cabinets up to the ceiling to maximize vertical storage space.
  2. Place tall and small wall shelves on free walls and store pantry items and kitchen utensils here. Adjust the shelf height and surface with adjustable shelves to optimize space.
  3. Corner cabinets with swiveling shelves are suitable for awkward kitchen corners and make the most of the depth of the space.
  4. Utilize pull-out shelves and base cabinet drawers for your kitchen counter and make the most of the smallest available space.
  5. Customize the interior of cabinets and drawers for additional storage space. Choose pull-outs, inserts, drawer systems, and small shelves for kitchen accessories.
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