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These 35 Kitchen Storage Ideas Are Serious Game-Changers

Make your space work smarter, not harder.

kitchen storage solutions
JESSIE PREZA

If you're lacking on kitchen storage space, it's time to trick out the cabinets, drawers, and island with a few space-saving solutions. You just have to rethink those the little nooks and niches, and you'll have counter space for days. Designer-approved inspiration always helps, too. So whether you're anticipating a demo day ahead or you just want a quick idea you can DIY, you'll want to bookmark this batch of creative, clever kitchen storage ideas.

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Sara Tramp Ligorria
Try a Pull-Out Pantry

In this kitchen designed by Emily Henderson, spices, dry goods, and other cooking essentials are stored in a pull-out "pantry." This keeps then tucked away and easy to access.

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Stretch to the Ceilings

Store lesser-used gadgets in higher cabinets. If you don't already have some, add them in above your hood and windows to squeeze in as much storage space as possible. In this kitchen designed by Hecker Guthrie, the cabinets stretch almost all the way to the ceiling.

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DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Build Everything In

"The whole room has a sexy, smokey vibes," interior designer Michelle Nussbaumer says of this kitchen. But it's also practical! The coffee maker, water dispenser and speed oven are all built in, which makes for a far less bulky appearance.

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Stephen Kent Johnson
Store Above Your Window

No matter the size of your kitchen, every little inch matters when it comes to storage. A simple shelf above a window increases display space for plates, bowls, and art.

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deVOL Kitchens
Put It On Display

In this deVol Kitchen, the prettiest items are displayed on the exposed wall-to-wall reclaimed wooden shelves and cubbies so the less attractive essentials can be tucked away in the cabinets. The color-coding adds a soothing sense of rhythm to the space, too.

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clever kitchen storage ideas
EMILY KENNEDY
Hide Appliances

Instead of keeping your appliances, like a toaster or microwave, out in plain sight, work with yoru contractor and designer to come up with cool ways to hide them. Here, Mick De Guilio created a sliding quartzite door on the counter to hide a pull out tray for the toaster. It blends in with the rest of the backsplash beautifully and maintains the sleek aesthetic when not in use.

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deVol Kithens
Contain Everything

Don't ignore the power of a good container system. Store your food in labeled containers and glass jars for a more polished and organized approach.

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Dries Otten
Incorporate Unexpected Materials

The clay-hued enclosed cabinets ground this kitchen designed by Dries Otten. The brass shelf underneath with a sliding perforated door allows for a few special items to stay out in the open.

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Reid Rolls
Repurpose Old Office Supplies

Line up old filing cabinets or work tables in a row as a makeshift buffet/ console table. Leanne Ford elevated this kitchen by hanging large-scale artwork near the exposed storage pieces. The mounted wine rack is also a stylish storage solution.

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Jenn Feldman Design
Hang Cutting Boards

Hang cooking tools and cutting boards above the stove so they're easy to access but out of the way when not in use. Jenn Feldman Designs keeps everything organized on a tray so whatever you need is easy to find and in one place. The blue color-coordinating makes a cohesive look.

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Felix Forest
Store Dinnerware in Drawers

In this modern monochrome kitchen designed by Arent & Pyke, the dinnerware is stored in sleek drawers rather than hidden away in enclosed cabinets.

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MICHAEL PERSICO
Conceal a Work Space

Designed by Matthew Ferrarini, this kitchen is bursting with ingenious small-space solutions. He used folding wood pocket doors to conceal the entire counter and cabinet area against the wall. This would be a major game-changer in a studio apartment in particular.

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Give Your Island Drawers

Get the most out of a kitchen island by adding drawers on both sides for extra storage space. Inn this kitchen designed by Leanne Ford, the backless stools help transition the kitchen to the dining room and are easy to move when necessary.

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Fantastic Frank
Roll In a Bar Cart

When your kitchen is minuscule, you'll have to surrender the dream of a kitchen island (for now, at least). The next best—and most proportionally appropriate—thing? A bar cart! It provides a little more storage and you can also opt for a little rolling cart with a butcherblock top for cooking.

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Dries Otten
Opt for a Floating Cubby

For a fresh kitchen storage idea, try a floating cubby that blends into the wall instead of floating shelves. Here, Dries Otten mixes whimsical style with industrial features in this unique kitchen. The stainless steel hood and exposed piping pop against the navy walls, while the striped blue fabric lightens the mood.

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Fantastic Frank
Keep Countertops Clear

Keep usable surface space clear by securing a glassware drying rack to the wall above the sink. It also spruces up the white wall and provides extra storage.

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deVol Kitchens
Use All Possible Room

No space goes unused in this DeVol kitchen. To expand a tiny kitchen, add extra shelves in places they'd be most functional, like above the stove. And then use your windowsills for plants or other extras and hang a rod at the tippy-top of the wall for pots, aprons, and other kitchen essentials.

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Pieter Estersohn
Add Shelves To Your Backsplash

An awkward corner can be maximized by adding in easy storage. Glass shelving, tucked underneath cabinets, gives you a space to stow glassware—and since the glasses match the shelf, the effect is nearly invisible.

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Kitchen Storage Plate Rack
Francesco Lagnese
Hang A Plate Rack

A plate rack and pot racks show off your collections while also keeping these items out of the way. Bonus: They're easily accessible when you need to grab them.

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Kitchen Storage Shelving
Ngoc Minh Ngo
Try Floating Shelves

Floating shelves on either side of a window offer space for dishes and glassware. Don't worry if you only have a small amount of wall space to work with: petite shelves can still get the job done.

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Reid Rolls
Hang a Curtain to Hide Things

When the space under your kitchen sink is exposed and you don't want to splurge on new custom cabinetry, repurpose old linens and hang it as a curtain. then add extra hooks to hang things like mugs. You could also attach the hooks to the floating shelves to get some use out of the underside and save the walls from damage.

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Sara Tramp Ligorria
Get Drawer Organizers

Dedicate a draw in the kitchen to random tools and essentials so you always know where to find. In this drawer in a kitchen designed by Emily Henderson, there are extra chargers, a lint roller, office supplies, and even a section for keys and sunglasses. Use lucite organizers so everything has a place.

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ERIC PIASECKI
Go Vertical

Don't limit storage to areas within arms' reach. A sliding ladder helps you reach ceiling-height cabinets, which are perfect for that breadmaker you never use.

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woven baskets
Victoria Pearson
Fill Up Bins

Declutter an open-shelving mess with a grid of woven boxes. In this Los Angeles kitchen, paper tags keep each baskets' contents organized.

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Courtesy of Kohler
Hang Mugs

This copper-pipe shelving holds hooks for coffee cups and cookware, keeping the countertop free for actual cooking. Plus, it looks seriously chic.

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Laura Moss
Customize Bread Baskets

Built-in bread baskets will elevate any kitchen. This way they'll stay fresh, easy to access, and tucked away.

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Trevor Tondro
Try An Etagère

An open shelving unit adds more storage, but doesn't take up too much floor — or visual — space. An antique étagère placed on the counter of this kitchen holds books and bowls.

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armoire
Lisa Romerein
Add An Antique

Antique cabinets aren't limited to dining rooms. Add one into your kitchen for a vintage feel that's totally functional.

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DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Consider Refrigerator Drawers

In this Michelle Nussbaumer kitchen, mini refrigerator drawers by Thermador make entertaining prep work a cinch (and they provide extra food storage space).

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hidden pantry
Ellen McDermott
Hide Clutter

In this kitchen, all the chaos is hidden behind closed doors, which open to reveal an expansive pantry. Pull-out willow baskets hold fruit and vegetables.

BUY NOW Basket Organizer, $20, amazon.com

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