If you look hard enough, there are actually tons of undiscovered storage spots hiding out in even the smallest of kitchens. Start with the blank open space on the underside of your cabinets and/or open shelving, and make massively functional storage that fits right where you need it most.
One of my favorite tricks is mounting a towel bar or pot rail underneath your cabinets, then using s-hooks to hang any number of things—from spoons to pot holders to mugs. Swoonworthy went a step further and glammed up her IKEA GRUNDTAL bar with a little bit of gold spray paint.
IKEA Stainless Steel GRUNDTAL Rail from Amazon; $18.99 with Prime shipping
Even go the inexpensive route. Screw a couple extra large ceiling hooks underneath your open shelving or cabinets, and hang a a dowel between them. It’s the budget version of a pot rail, and endlessly useful.
Antique Brass Ceiling Hooks, 20-Pack from Amazon; $6.39 with Prime shipping
Put your daily coffee mugs right where you can easily grab them, suspended from under-the-shelf hooks. Don’t want to screw into the wood? Slip on one of these organizers, which are perfect for renters:
Stainless Steel 12-Hook Under Shelf Mug Organizer from Amazon; $15.99 with Prime shipping
Similarly, you can store wine glasses or stemware using a rack. Not only will they stay dust free by hanging upside down, they’ll also free up a lot of cabinet space.
Large Chrome Stemware Holder from Amazon; $10 with Prime Shipping
Mount a towel bar upside down and it becomes a great place to hang plants.
12″ Industrial Copper Pipe Towel Bar from Etsy; $45 plus shipping
Save counter space by hanging everyday items, like paper towels, instead.
Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder from Amazon; $11.99 plus Prime shipping
There are all sorts of special space-saving knife blocks you can buy, but one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to store them up and out of the way is with a magnetic bar mounted underneath your cabinets, spotted over on Local Kitchen’s blog. The strip’s slim profile takes up very little room and tucks out of sight.
13″ Magnetic Knife Bar from Amazon; $6.70 with Prime shipping
And while you’re at it, make some magnetic spice racks to store under there as well. Simply unscrew the jar you need.
Mount larger jars under for snacks and dry goods. Shannon Quimby, whose DIY-filled kitchen was featured in HGTV magazine, shows us that this space-saving trick works just as well in the kitchen.
16 Oz. Glass Mason Jars with Lids and Bands from Amazon; $19.33 for 12 with free shipping
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