Smart and Creative Kitchen Storage Ideas

Unless you have a roomy kitchen with lots of cabinets and a spacious walk-in pantry, you really feel the stress of having to figure out where to store your load of groceries or display your brand-new cookware. If you’re having such dilemma, you may want to look at these brilliant ideas that will help maximize your kitchen storage space.

cutting board slots
1. Create slots for your cutting boards, trays, and pans

Hate seeing your cutting boards, baking pans, and trays piling up on top of each other and making a mess on your countertop? Create a designated cabinet with vertical slot separators to store your cooking essentials neatly when they’re not in use.

wall mounted hooks

2. Add hooks on every available wall space

It looks like we’re hooked by hooks! These wall-mounted hooks can turn all your apron or cutting board collection into a focal point. Hooks can also free up other space.

rotating spice cabinet

3. Store your stuff in the open

No pantry? No problem! Place your most-used ingredients on a rotating spices organizer and place it on the countertop (ideally near the stove area where you can have easy access to your ingredients). This will free up cabinet space for more stuff.

pull-out pantry

4. Try a pull-out pantry

A pull-out pantry combines the benefits of maximizing your kitchen space and efficiency. Your spices, dry goods, silverware dinner set, and other kitchen essentials will be neatly tucked away while providing easy access to them.

tall white pantry
5. Go up and vertical

Have other goods, cookware or a set of plates and utensils that you don’t use often? Keep them in higher cabinets and pantries. If you don’t already have some, add shelves above the hood or windows, squeezing in as much space as possible.

display corner
6. Take advantage of the corners

Put those little corners of your kitchen to good use by putting a multi-tier corner display rack where you can store and display anything, from spice jars to cookbooks.

kitchen console table
7. Repurpose old office supplies

Virtually everything in your work has gone online, and you may not need those bulky office supplies that much anymore. But instead of leaving them in the dust, take out those old filing cabinets and in/out trays. Give them a new life by transforming them into console tables with fruits and vegetables, spices or wine bottle display racks. You can take design inspirations like the image above.

movable kitchen cabinet
8. Add drawers to your kitchen island

If your island doesn’t have some drawers already, add them on both sides for extra storage space! Or if your kitchen has lots of floor space, it’s good to put kitchen cabinets in the middle. There are free-standing movable kitchen carts and cabinets with lockable swivel caster wheels, which can also function as temporary islands.

kitchen tools rack on the wall
9. Add storage to your backsplash

Your backsplash can also be an excellent place to store more stuff. Install a storage rail onto the backsplash wall to hang your utensils, pots, knives, chopping boards, sieves and strainers, spoons, ladles, measuring spoons and cups, etc. Or instead of racks, you can add shelves.

ceiling mounted kitchen rack
10. Hang ’em from the ceiling

The ceiling is often the most overlooked space, but not anymore! Take advantage of the space up there by installing a ceiling-mounted rack to hang and place your pots, pans, spoons, ladles, strainers, and even some of your electronic kitchen gadgets.