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Kitchen Storage Ideas

Updated on February 13, 2013

Having recently helped a friend move into a new apartment, where space was extremely limited and particularly in the kitchen, I feel somewhat qualified to offer some “off the wall,” kitchen storage ideas and suggestions. You will see why use the term “off the wall,” shortly, because one of the main ways we used a small amount of space was to hang things from the walls.

Most of these items are relatively inexpensive that we recommend using, because the last thing you want to do in the tiny kitchen is spent thousands of dollars. My friend was on a budget in any case, so not only was space tight, money was also.

As you will see from the photographs further on in this article, we managed to turn some very small spaces into very usable storage Areas, I hope you will use these ideas if you also need to create some extra storage in the kitchen where you don't have very much space.

Try hanging things from the walls

These are the photographs I was talking about, and as you can see from the 1st one, we had a very small space of about 18 inches next to a window, which we utilized to hang wine glasses from. We also hung a few other bits and pieces from this particular hanger.

These hanger bars are particularly useful and adaptable, because they are not fixed. So–to hang some other things from these bars is very easy. This particular one was a bar with a wine glass rack suspended beneath, but there are dozens of different ways of hanging things from these rails, we just happen to decide to hang stemware. You could just as easily hang kitchen towels or kitchen utensils, or any number of other products. If you take a look underneath this little text box you'll see some suggestions.

Buy modular!

The great thing about buying modular systems such as this, is the fact you can change your mind later. Although we decided to hang stemware from this 1st one, we could just as easily changed at to a stainless steel shelf or paper towel holder in the future. Just around the corner to this one, we visited another one to the wall which we hang utensils from. As you can see from the photo, it's the same basic wall hanger, but is instead of hanging classes, we used S–hooks to hang utensils.

Once again–if we decide to hang something different, it is no problem to change the accessory, and hang something else.

If you already know roughly what you want, is possible by some of these modular hanging systems complete with a variety of hooks, as you can see in the next box. They are actually slightly less expensive than buying the parts separately. But if you just need hooks there is a link to the S-hooks also.

Hang things from doors

As you see from this next photo, we also used a variety of door hangers to hang things like tea towels, potholders and other lighter objects. Don't be seduced into thinking you can hang anything particularly heavy from the door, because if you try and hang something like a stainless steel pot or even a cast iron skillet, the chances are you're going to damage your door.

So, as long as you stick to light objects such as we have in the photograph, you should be okay to hang things from a kitchen cupboard door as we have done here. There are many different types of door hangers to choose from, and in this case we were rather limited because the door was particularly narrow, but if you have a larger or wider door, there are larger hangers available.


As you can see from this photo, the stainless steel shelving combined with hangers makes for a very adaptable and adjustable shelving system not only can you stack things on top of the shelf, you can hang things from underneath it as well. Once again this is completely adaptable, and if you decide that you want to hang cups instead of shelves or parts instead of beer glasses, it's no problem to adapt it to suit.

In this particular kitchen we mostly used IKEA products, which are available from Amazon without the 100% aggravation of visiting IKEA. I don't know about you, but probably the last place on earth I want to visit is IKEA. For some reason their stores are completely soul destroying, and I always feel violated when I leave one. But–their products are particularly well-designed and well made–especially for the price. I think we spent in all around $200 to hang all of these on the wall.

Stack things!

Stackable storage containers are fantastic idea, and this is another way we saved some space. As you can see from the photo with a very small footprint, we managed to store an awful lot. These three containers probably take up less than 6 inches across, yet we have managed to store coffee, sugar and flour in a tiny space.

There are dozens of ways of storing products in stackable containers, and there are also dozens of stackable storage bins, suitable for almost any kitchen or workspace.

Obviously–these containers and storage systems are not limited to just kitchens, and if you have a workshop or other space where you're limited, they work just as well for storing screws as they do for storing coffee.


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