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12 Best Ideas to Spruce Up Your Small Kitchen!

12 Best Ideas to Spruce Up Your Small Kitchen! - Proline Range Hoods

The one thing worse than having a small kitchen countertop is having a kitchen countertop that feels cramped.

Having a cluttered workspace is a massive bother in the kitchen, there is nothing that discourages you from cooking for yourself more than thinking about how much reorganizing you are going to have to do before you can actually start working.

Because of this issue, people with smaller kitchen countertops have been working out different space saving tips that can aid with making these small spaces not feel as limiting.

However, knowing which of these tips will work and which are overhyped and gimmicky is difficult. Because of this, we have put this guide together with all of our favorite ideas for taking full advantage of a small counter space and having as much space as possible.

So, if you are working with limited space in your kitchen and feel like you have tried everything to fix this, we promise that there is something you have not considered. So, if you want to have a more spacious kitchen, keep reading to get our advice!

Space Saving Gadgets

It may seem like an obvious piece of advice, but you want to keep an eye out for space saving gadgets that you think will work in your kitchen.

Of course, do not get every gadget you see, some will just be gimmicky, others might not work in your kitchen, and others may not look good in your kitchen, or a mix of these reasons.

Whenever it comes to shopping for kitchen gadgets, make sure you are being a patient shopper and assessing how useful it will actually be, otherwise you will just end up with something else creating clutter.

We have chosen to link this amazing rack which is perfect for freeing up some countertop space and making your utensils easier to see and access. Of course this design may not be perfect for your kitchen, however, you can find similar products in a similar style.

But getting something like this is not a quick fix, but instead a semi permanent installation and you will have to properly consider if it is something that will fit in your kitchen and be helpful!

Counterspace Over The Sink

If you want something simple that you can put into effect quickly, then all you have to do is get a simple sink cover, and then you have some extra counter space. You do not even have to limit this to small kitchens, everyone wants more countertop space!

These are often inexpensive and can free up a lot of space when it comes to food preparation. Make sure when you buy one of these you get one which will cover your kitchen sink, otherwise it will be pretty useless. Make sure to do some measurements of your sink before purchasing!

Space Around The Fridge

Something that is often not considered when it comes to freeing up space on your countertop is the space that is around your fridge. Depending on the amount of space that is between your fridge and the area around it, you can get some great storage solutions.

This could be some storage on top of the fridge, or something to the side. The sides especially are often overlooked for being too small for storage, however, the storage option we have linked here is perfect for utilizing this limited space as something perfect for storing kitchen tools and ingredients!

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With a powerful range hood, you can say goodbye to smoke and lingering cooking odors that can make your small space feel even more cramped. And let me tell you, having a reliable range with precise temperature control and multiple burners will make all the difference when it comes to whipping up delicious meals for you and your loved ones.

So, if you're ready to take your small kitchen to the next level, consider splurging on a top-notch range and range hood.

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Hanging Pegboard Backsplash

While a pegboard backing is something that is often only considered for a garage, they can often look amazing on a backsplash in a kitchen, and arguably serve a better purpose.

Similar to the hanging devices linked earlier, these can be used to attach whatever utensils you want to on, and you can buy plenty of attachments specifically for these pegboards to further utilize the space.

You can find plenty of inspiration when it comes to using pegboards, but we love just how customizable they are with how quick they are to change up!

Folding Tables

If you just want more space in your kitchen to move around, or do not want any wasted surfaces taking up room, we strongly recommend using a folding table set so you do not have this space taking up room.

Of course, with some spaces, this is not a viable option, however, it is in many other situations, and they can make your kitchen and countertop feel a lot more spacious.

We have linked one of our favorite folding sets, however, there are plenty you can look out for, and you should try and find one which you love the look of!

Utilize All Space

Similarly to the point with the space around the fridge, you want to ensure that you are using all of the space possible around your kitchen.

There are so many spots you may have not considered as a viable option for storage, but there is always something you may have not considered, whether this is space under drawers, the corners of the room, or even the ceiling, there is always a way to capitalize on this space for more storage.

We have chosen these ceiling hanging baskets as they are an example of using untapped space for storage which looks amazing, and uses space which is otherwise wasted!

Over Sink Cutting Board

Similarly to the point with the sink covers, you can also get chopping boards that are designed to be used over sinks. These are a great way to take advantage of all the space that you have, and are perfect when it comes to food prep when you are working on a big meal!

Also similarly to the sink covers, you will want to ensure that you are getting one which fits your sink, otherwise it is just a fancy chopping board that only fits half its purpose.

Kitchen Storage Outside The Kitchen

A lot of people are not a fan of this storage solution, but one way to make your kitchen a lot more spacious is to simply take some of the kitchen out of your kitchen.

This is especially useful if you have a lot of devices or pieces in your kitchen that do not get common use, but you still use occasionally and want to keep around. In living spaces there is often a lot of wasted space that you can fill without making the space feel cramped.

This will require a bit of planning, but rearranging other spaces for more space in the kitchen is an effective solution!

Kitchen Corner Shelves

As we mentioned in our point with the untapped space getting used, the corners of a kitchen are often overlooked and these can be a great way to get more use out of space that is often left unused.

We have found plenty of different kitchen corner shelves and have linked our favorites, but these are perfect for filling up this space in a practical way which can take clutter off your counter, and display it elsewhere so you get good use out of it!

Mason Jar Pantry

You can get some amazing space saving solutions that use Mason jars! This will be extra useful if you of course already use Mason jars, but even if not, checking out these solutions is a great idea!

Junk Drawer To Spice Rack

If you have a junk drawer anywhere in your home, but especially in the kitchen, and you want a way to reorganize it to get more use of the space, we strongly recommend turning this into a spice rack. This is a great idea if you have plenty of spices taking up space elsewhere in the kitchen.

You can find some great spice containers like the ones we have linked and put them neatly in a drawer and transform the space into something a lot more practical and aesthetically pleasing! This is also a great way to encourage more spice use into cooking!

Plate Rack

If you have found that your plates are taking up way too much space in your kitchen, then we strongly recommend investing in a plate rack.

If you stack your plates flat, they often take up masses of space, so using a vertical solution is a great way to save space on your countertop. You could also consider DIY-ing a wall plate rack, especially if you have some beautiful plate designs you want to show off!

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How can I make my small kitchen feel less cramped without sacrificing storage space?

One way to achieve this is by using glass or transparent containers for pantry items and kitchen tools. This allows you to see what you have without cluttering up your countertops or cabinets. Another option is to use mirrors strategically in your kitchen, such as on cabinet doors or as a backsplash, to create the illusion of more space.

What are some creative ways to store kitchen utensils in a small kitchen?

In addition to the space-saving gadgets and hanging pegboards mentioned in the article, you could also consider using magnetic strips to hold knives and metal utensils or repurposing a shower caddy or shoe organizer to hang on the back of a pantry or cabinet door.

How can I incorporate seating in my tiny kitchen without taking up too much space?

One option is to choose a table or chairs that can be folded or tucked away when not used. Another idea is to install a countertop extension or peninsula that can double as a breakfast bar or dining area. Alternatively, you could consider using stools or benches that can be stored under a table or in a corner when unnecessary.

How can I make the most of a small kitchen when hosting guests or cooking for a crowd?

One strategy is to plan ahead and prepare as much as possible in advance, such as chopping vegetables or marinating meat. You could also consider using a slow or pressure cooker to free up space on your stovetop. Another option is to set up a temporary prep station in another room or on a folding table and bring dishes back to the kitchen as needed.


Hopefully this guide has given you all the inspiration you need when it comes to improving your limited countertop space. As you have seen throughout this guide, sometimes having limited space does nothing except make you be more creative with the space that you have.

When it comes to a smaller kitchen, we get obsessed with the limitations and do not consider the positives. These spaces can often make the task of cooking a lot more efficient, so make sure to use these ideas to increase this efficiency!

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