Downsizing to fit a new tiny home kitchen is no simple task. It takes creativity and determination to configure new methods for storing beloved pots, pans, and utensils. With a little help and inspiration, homeowners will be on the right track in no time!

The key is to keep the most frequently used items within a quick reach for easy access while carefully storing the seldom-used specialty items towards the back. Consider the basic tools and utensils needed for a weeknight dinner versus a holiday meal. You will want everyday necessities such as the coffee pot and casual spices to occupy the space in the front –  not seasonal cookware.

For new tiny home residents who need inspiration, here are several small space kitchen storage ideas to get started.

Floating Shelves

Kitchen with floating shelves.
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Floating shelves not only create a light and airy feeling in the room, but they also fill the space adequately and offer added storage. Homeowners may use glass jars or ceramic containers to hold baking essentials or various kitchen tools.

Hang Pots and Pans

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When there’s not enough drawer space, use rods and hooks to hang frequently-used kitchenware. For homeowners who want a gourmet kitchen aesthetic, copper or shiny stainless adds a chic style to the tiny kitchen as well.

Hideaway Pegboard

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Rather than stacking pots and pans in a cupboard, which requires unstacking each time a recipe requires the heavy frying pan underneath a collection of soup pots, maximize pull-out spaces with a hidden pegboard. By neatly hanging similar-sized pans, it’s possible to avoid the hassle and keep the kitchen looking clean.

Over-the-Cabinet Holder

Over-the-door cabinet holder.
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Utilize cabinet doors by installing an over-the-cabinet holder for flat items, such as cutting boards and baking trays. These are also great for holding reusable grocery bags and potholders.

Magnetic Jars

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Attach mason jars filled with spices or canned goods to the underside of shelving or cabinetry. Larger containers are perfect for holding your favorite dry cereal or trail mix for a quick on-the-go meal.

Pull-Out Kitchen Table

A kitchen table that is also a drawer.
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A simple way to create more space in your home is to stow away your kitchen table outside of mealtimes. Crafting a pull-out kitchen table designed as drawers will keep the kitchen neat and tidy, as well as prevent unnecessary clutter.

Folding Chair Ensemble

Folding chairs hanging on a wall.
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After folding the table away, chair storage is the next priority. Chic fold-away chairs can be part of the décor by neatly hanging on the wall in the background.

Spice Jar Designs

Spice jars mounted on the wall in hexagonal containers.
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Spice jars belong at every chef’s fingertips. For the aspiring home chef extraordinaire, magnetic spice jars can be fastened to the side of the fridge or wall. As a bonus, the colors create a lovely, earthy vibe to enhance any kitchen aesthetic.

Pegboard and Wall-Mount Baskets

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Pegboards are an excellent tool to maximize wall space for storage. The versatile pegboard can hold oversized utensils, pots, pans, and baskets, or shelves. Arrange baskets filled with produce, bread, and favorite snacks for a colorful backdrop.

Utilize Ceiling Spaces

Kitchen island with pots and pans hanging from the ceiling above.
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Pots, pans, and bulky tools are often awkward to store and consume a sizeable amount of cabinet or drawer space. Use a ceiling rack to suspend these kitchen staple items above any sink or countertop for quick access and a gorgeous design.

Organize Tight Corners

Tiered small shelf in a corner.
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In small spaces, corners can pose a creative challenge. Swivel storage carts and stacked baskets of various sizes, shapes, and materials may be the perfect way to fill a corner and hold pantry items or fresh produce.

Toe Kick Drawer

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To store items that are rarely used, consider a toe kick drawer. A simple tap of a shoe can open new storage possibilities. This hideaway can also store children’s toys, making them accessible when the youngest family members want to assist their parents and play chef.

Seating Storage

Bench seating with drawers underneath.
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Pull-out drawers or cabinets can be installed underneath bench seating in small kitchens for added storage. Depending on the size and depth of the drawers, they may provide an excellent place to store bulky electrical appliances such as a crockpot or waffle maker.

Sliding Pantry

Pantry that slides in beside the fridge.
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Sometimes, a fridge or cabinet happens to be a matter of inches away from the wall. Homeowners can maximize these thin spaces by installing a sliding pantry to store ingredients and dry goods.

Hanging Nets

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Nets made of cotton or macrame can serve as a hanging fruit bowl. This boho-chic concept isn’t limited to the undersides of a cabinet. Hang a larger version from the ceiling and store multiple baskets of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Small Space, Big Opportunity

Owning a tiny home is a great way to incentivize paring down your vast collections. But for those kitchen items that just can’t be left behind, there are plenty of innovative storage solutions to minimize clutter and maximize space.

About the Author, Melanie Theriault

Melanie Theriault is a writer, counselor, and lifelong learner. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Southwestern University, where she discovered her passion for fostering human connection through storytelling.

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