How to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Big

Use three types of vertical storage -- wall, ceiling or door space -- to make your cramped kitchen feel bigger. Here is how to do it.

How to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Big Photo (cc) by Rusty Clark - On the Air M-F 8am-noon

Smart storage solutions can make any kitchen more spacious and efficient — whether the room feels tiny because it is small, or because it hosts too many housewares or people.

One of the cardinal rules of organization is to take advantage of vertical space, as homes offer more square footage in wall space than they do in floor space.

This is especially true in the kitchen, where pantry and cabinet doors add vertical surfaces.

So we’ve rounded up examples of functional and frugal ways to take advantage of the three main types of vertical storage found in kitchens:

  • Wall space
  • Ceiling space
  • Door space

Wall space: Storage for pots, pans and skillets

Photo: The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking / hipgirlshome.comPhoto: The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking /

Pegboard is an inexpensive way to turn a few square feet of wall space into enough storage space for a cabinet’s worth of pots, pans and skillets.

Ready-made pegboard panels can cost upward of $50, but DIY versions can cost less than half that. Author Kate Payne built and mounted a pegboard for a little over $15 and detailed the process on her blog, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking.

For inexpensive pegboard accessories to hold smaller items, consider what you already have at home — even tin cans work. (See “10 Clever Uses for Old Tin Cans.”)

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