Must-Haves for Cooking in a Small Kitchen

Many of us have been there: you find a studio or one-bedroom apartment, thinking you’ve scored on the listed rent price. You go to see the apartment, take one look at the tiny kitchen, and think, “Oh. That. I can’t do that.” And just when you’re ready to walk right out the door, thinking that you couldn’t possibly live in a place that has barely enough counter space to hold a George Foreman Grill, you remember that the cheap rent will save you the extra cash you need to put towards a gym membership this year. Don’t give up so easily! There are ways to make the most out of your small kitchen space and it doesn’t involve abandoning the appliances and items you need to run the show. Here are five ways to save yourself some space and sanity.


Mobile kitchen island with storage underneath

This is a great multi-purpose kitchen essential that you can use for both storage and food prep, and you don’t even have to keep it in the kitchen for either type of use. A quick scan on different search engines or similar stores will show you many different kinds. It is easy to upscale this item according to looks and function.


Magnetic strip for knives, potholders

You can fix these to the wall and save yourself a lot of room. Magnetic strips also give you quick and easy access to those things you use on a regular basis.


Ceiling attachment for pots and pans

Install a hanging wheel or hooks for your pots and pans for easy access and save the cabinet space for the kitchen items you do not use very often. One creative and affordable repurposing strategy is to use an old bike wheel:


Baseboard drawers

Install these below your cabinets for flat kitchen items such as cookie sheets, muffin tins, and serving platters or extra dishes. Just don’t forget they’re there for you to use when you need them!


Toaster oven

A toaster oven is the number one classic multi-purpose item that is worth the counter space. You can cook everything from toast to salmon fillets and even bake in small batches. It is also a quick reheater, which saves you the need for a microwave.

These are a few big ways in which you can maximize the space that you do have. You still may not have the kind of kitchen that fits two people at once, or that even allows you to turn around without knocking your elbow into the counter behind you. But at least you will know that you don’t have to give away your pro set of pots and pans and resign yourself to a hot plate while you are living in your new apartment!


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Jennifer is in her first year with MyNewPlace.  She is excited to be a writer for the company while she finishes her Ph.D. in Anthropology, which she expects to receive from American University this May. ...