16 Space-Saving Ideas For Kitchens

Last Updated: 8/3/2023

Author: James Zhao, Sr. Tech Specialist & Alex Park, Product Specialist

When it comes to city living or small homes, space is often a luxury we can't afford, especially in the kitchen. If you've found yourself wishing you could wave a magic wand to conjure up some extra storage, you're not alone.

That’s why we’ve compiled some of our absolute favorite space-saving ideas for kitchens. We want to help you create a more efficient, comfortable, and enjoyable environment for cooking, eating, and socializing.

Choosing from these 16 ideas can help you turn even the most cramped kitchen into a room where you can whip up your culinary delights with ease and make mealtime even more enjoyable.

1. Use Stackable Containers

One easy and practical way to maximize space in your kitchen is by using stackable containers. These containers take advantage of vertical space, allowing you to store more items in the same footprint.

By stacking containers, you can significantly increase the storage capacity of your cupboards, drawers, or pantry. They can also help you make the most of limited counter space.

Plus, these clever little inventions come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles. You can save space no matter your kitchen’s dimensions or aesthetic.

2. Install an In-Sink Dishwasher

Innovative appliances can be a real game-changer in a small kitchen, like an in-sink dishwasher. This space-saving marvel fits neatly into your sink, providing all the benefits of a traditional dishwasher without taking up any additional space.

You can load it with dirty dishes, and they'll be sparkling clean in no time — all while leaving your countertops clutter-free. If you're looking to save space without compromising on functionality, an in-sink dishwasher could be the kitchen storage solution you've been waiting for.

3. Use Your Cabinet Doors & Sides

Speaking of cabinets, let's not underestimate the potential of their doors and sides as a hidden storage solution. Consider using magnetic strips or adhesive hooks that can be easily attached and removed without damaging the surface.

The back of your cabinet door can be a convenient place to hang measuring cups or utensils. Hooks and magnetic strips on the side can be perfect for towels, potholders, and more. Not only will this clear up kitchen clutter, but it will ensure that everything has its place.

4. Install Under-Cabinet Holders

Under-cabinet holders are an underrated but effective solution for kitchen space woes. Wine glass racks, for instance, can be installed underneath your wall-mounted cabinets, providing a convenient and visually pleasing storage solution.

Similarly, under-cabinet knife blocks or paper towel holders can free up valuable counter space. You can also find spice racks or coffee pod holders that fit nicely in this space, making every inch of the kitchen count.

5. Hang Up & Use Hooks Wherever You Can

When space is at a premium, it's time to start thinking outside the box – or outside the cabinet, in this case. Hanging items on hooks is an excellent space-saving technique that can be utilized in various areas of your kitchen. 

From pots and pans to mugs and utensils, many kitchen items can be conveniently hung up, freeing much-needed space in your cabinets and drawers. Plus, with so many stylish and decorative hooks available, your kitchen tools can double up as kitchen décor.

6. Install a Collapsible Counter

If you've always dreamed of a kitchen island but don't have the room, a collapsible counter could be the answer. This ingenious solution provides extra space when you need it and folds away when you don't.

Perfect for food prep, as a breakfast bar, or even for extra seating, a collapsible counter is a multi-functional addition to any kitchen. Collapsible counters come in various sizes and styles, so you're sure to find one that fits your kitchen and your aesthetic.

7. Utilize the Vertical Wall Space

Vertical space is often overlooked in the kitchen, but it holds a world of storage possibilities. Wall-mounted shelves can be a place to keep your dishes, glasses, or pantry items if your cabinets are full. The best part is their versatility — they can be arranged and rearranged according to your evolving needs.

Magnetic knife racks are another excellent way to utilize wall space. Not only do they save valuable drawer space, but they also keep your knives easily accessible and safely out of reach of small children.

8. Use a Tension Rod for Your Spice Cabinet

Installing a tension rod in your spice cabinet can revolutionize the way you store spices. You can hang your spices in small baskets or use S-hooks to hang individual spice containers. This will free up shelf space for larger items, and best of all, your spices will be easily accessible.

This system keeps everything visible at a glance, so you'll no longer spend precious time searching for that elusive jar of turmeric. Remember, an efficient kitchen is a spacious kitchen, and this small addition can make a big difference.

9. Use Stackable Fridge Bins

Stackable fridge bins are a fantastic way to optimize your refrigerator's internal space. These bins not only serve as food storage containers but also help with organization. You can separate fruits from vegetables or dairy from meats, making it easier to find what you need.

Consider bins with pull-out or drop-down fronts for easy access, even when they're stacked. Your fridge can be a valuable storage space when it's optimized, and stackable food storage containers can help you make the most of it.

10. Mount a Dish Rack on Your Wall

If your countertop is constantly cluttered with dishes, a wall-mounted dish rack can be a lifesaver. Instead of using precious counter space, this clever solution allows you to take advantage of wall space for drying dishes.

There are various styles and sizes available, so you can choose one that suits your kitchen's layout and design. They're practical, easily accessible, and can even add an interesting aesthetic element to your kitchen.

11. Use a Storage Cart

A storage cart is a flexible and portable solution that can make a huge difference in your kitchen storage. Perfect for storing anything from pots and pans to small appliances, these handy carts can be moved around as needed.

Storage carts come in various designs, so you can choose one that suits your kitchen's style. Some even come with built-in cutting boards, providing an extra prep surface that can be extremely useful in a small kitchen.

12. Find an Over-Sink Counter Top or Cutting Board

Over-sink cutting boards are another innovative solution for space-starved kitchens. These pieces fit over your sink, providing additional prep space exactly where you need it.

In addition to being incredibly practical, an over-sink cutting board can also help with cleanup — simply sweep your vegetable peelings or crumbs straight into the sink. This is space-saving at its finest: simple, practical, and effective.

13. Install an Oversized Plate Rack

While it might sound counterintuitive, sometimes bigger is indeed better. Rather than stacking plates in kitchen cabinets, consider using an oversized plate rack. You’ll be able to store your plates vertically, taking up less space and making them easier to access.

In addition to increasing storage space, a plate rack can add character to your kitchen. Whether you opt for a traditional wooden design or a sleek metal one, your plate rack can be both a functional tool and an attractive addition to your kitchen.

14. Use the Space Over Your Cabinets

The space over your kitchen cabinets is often left unused, but it's a potential goldmine for storage. This space can be used to store rarely used items like holiday dishes, specialty cookware, or even bulk pantry items.

To make this area more visually appealing, consider adding decorative baskets. This way, your items will be hidden from view, and the space will appear clean and organized with a touch of personality.

15. Add More Shelves to Cabinets & Cupboards

Creating additional storage in your existing cabinet space can be a real game-changer. Shelf risers can be perfect for storing dishes and other essentials. These affordable and handy tools allow you to make better use of vertical space, effectively doubling the storage in your cupboards.

You can also try roll-out shelves, making it easier to access items stored at the back of cabinets. Simply pull out the compartment you need and eliminate the hassle of rummaging through countless items and ingredients to find what you’re looking for.

Cabinet door shelves are another option, perfect for storing spices, baking essentials, or canned foods. They make great use of an otherwise wasted cabinet space, giving you easy access to your most-used ingredients.

16. Use A Non-Traditional Oven

If you’re still trying to figure out how to make the most out of the space in your kitchen, using a non-traditional oven may be a helpful solution. The ChefCubii 4-in-1 combi-steam oven by FOTILE serves as a convection oven, air-fryer, dehydrator and steamer with over 40 different preset recipes.

This oven fits perfectly on your countertop and features a large see-through window to check on how your food is doing and a three-layered door to prevent heat loss and heat transfer, keeping you safe and your food warm. Plus, this non-traditional oven’s steam feature can be used to self-clean for effortless maintenance.

Shop FOTILE’s Space-Saving Appliances Today

Maximizing your kitchen storage is all about making smart decisions and choosing the right products. At FOTILE, we understand the challenges of a small kitchen, which is why we offer a range of space-saving appliances that deliver functionality with style.

Our space-saving appliances, especially our in-sink dishwashers, revolutionize small spaces with innovative and efficient technology. An in-sink dishwasher from FOTILE is designed to seamlessly fit into your kitchen sink, offering all the advantages of a traditional dishwasher without taking up valuable kitchen real estate.

Don't let the constraints of a small kitchen hold you back. Shop FOTILE’s in-sink dishwashers today and transform your kitchen experience.