Cabinet Storage Ideas for Apartments
Not everyone has the luxury of living in a home since many of us are perfectly fine living in a small apartment or studio flat. Kitchen space is often very limited but that doesn’t mean you can’t make adjustments to provide as much space as you would in a normal-sized kitchen. Here are some pointers and ideas on how to get more cabinet storage space within a cramped kitchen layout.
Hide Appliances in Small Spaces
When you think about countertop space, this can become a traffic jam for your countertops right away if you like using coffee makers or toaster ovens. One simple solution is to dedicate a kitchen cabinet space to put all of your countertop appliances. It might be worth rerouting the electrical plugs behind these cabinets so you can power them from that location so you don’t need to move them from inside a cabinet.
This way, you will have more space to keep countertops clear and clutter-free until those times when you need to do some serious cooking. With less clutter on countertops, this makes it easier to only keep certain items that belong there.
Tabletop Counters with Cabinet Storage
Your kitchen may have been designed hastily and without storage needs completely in mind. You may have a standing table or breakfast nook where bar stool chairs are lined up over a makeshift countertop supported with leg posts at one end. The area underneath the countertop is perfect for adding cabinets or shelves so you can store items on them. If there is enough room you can try placing an old hanging bookshelf rack if it fits well.
Alternatively, you can stack milk or beer crates on their sides and secure them together with hot glue or wood screws so they’re steadier. Each open bin is decorative looking and gives these limited spaces a cool urban feel. Use leftover paints to brighten them up using your favorite colors.
Utilize Wall Space in Small Kitchens
There is bound to be some empty wall space in your kitchen area that will be perfect for putting up shelves. A DIY shelf kit from the local hardware store is perfect for this. You’ll need to measure how much space you have to install these onto the wall. If you need to drill holes, be sure to add wall anchors so these are firmly attached and won’t fall down from the weight you place on them.
Another idea is if your wall is adjoining a countertop but there is no shelf above it, you can add a shallow bookshelf onto the countertop. Stack two on top of each other so you have more shelf space and secure them with woodscrews. Make sure that the very top is secured to the wall in case it tips over.
Working Around Storage Limitations
Any empty apartment space in your kitchen area can be modified to include an add-on that isn’t going to be part of the original kitchen. Corners especially are great for stashing premade corner cabinets that you can get from home improvement centers. You can find a variety of storage cabinets that can be repurposed for fitting into a tight space and will be perfect for dishes, pots, and pans, or anything else that takes up space in the rest of your existing cabinets.
Corners aren’t always used to their best intentions if you have a kitchen that wasn’t designed to maximize this limited space. It’s a problem that is quickly remedied if you use items that will fit into these spaces without needing to move anything around.
Working with Rental Apartment Kitchens
If you’re renting, you might have a landlord that doesn’t want any modification or holes in the walls. You might not get permission to make special changes if they don’t allow this so being creative by using existing items in negative spaces is a must. This is why a trip to the Dollar Store or home improvement center is right up your alley. You can buy items that work as makeshift cabinet storage using bins, hangers, and reclaimed items.
As long as these items are providing more space for your kitchen needs without adding-on more cabinets that wouldn’t fit so easily, you’ve saved yourself some time and money. Just think about the IKEA concept of space-saving ideas, and you’ll be amazed at how much space you can get from items that don’t cost much at home improvement centers.
Transform Office Furniture for Cabinet Space
Every now and then, you’ll find there is a garage sale or flea market that is getting rid of old office furniture for a few bucks. You can easily turn a filing cabinet into a trendy-looking kitchen cabinet using some quick DIY instructions. These cabinets can fit underneath a hanging countertop or along a section of the wall where these will fit neatly. If you’re already dealing with a snug kitchen layout there is one more excellent tip you can use.
Most people never consider that those Shoe Cabinets you can buy from IKEA make great storage bins for pots and pans. These are free-standing units that are usually meant for shoes but with a little imagination, they can become tidy micro-shelves for nearly anything you can imagine.
Use Organizers Trays To Save Space
Perhaps you don’t need to look for additional cabinet space but the cabinets you have don’t have any space dividers inside them. This is more common under the sink or underneath countertops. One solution is to buy a bunch of plastic storage boxes that have space dividers inside them. These are great for storing all of your cookware items, appliances, and kitchen knick-knacks. See here for some additional organization ideas.
In most cases, there’s always enough room to stack two of these containers on top of each other to save even more space. Because storage bins are meant to store all kinds of objects, these are great if you’re young and tend to move around a lot. Since your kitchen items will be in storage bins already, it’s easier to pack up and find an apartment that has more kitchen space. You can also use smaller Tupperware bins to store all of your favorite ingredients and cooking items.
This will keep items tidy and within a container and it really helps to keep these perishable items fresher for long periods likewise.