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One of the many cons of living in a rental apartment is having a small kitchen. These kitchens are tailored to trouble us while arranging all our kitchen essentials.
If you’re planning on pursuing DIY projects that include drilling, machining, screwing, cutting, etc. to fight off this problem, drop the idea with immediate effect. This might lead you to lose your security deposit and you wouldn’t want that. You have to be a good tenant and space-efficient at the same time.
With that said, there are certain ideas that you can adhere to and ramp up your kitchen space to suffice your requirements.
Stick along because we’ve curated 13 small apartment kitchen storage ideas for rental kitchens. They’ll not only give a spacious make-over to your tiny kitchen but also help you become more organized.
13 Small Apartment Kitchen Storage Ideas For Rental Kitchen
1. Use Pegboard
Utilize the underused wall in your kitchen by mounting a pegboard on it. This doesn’t require much drilling, machining, or extra space.
Even a simple pegboard can improve the functionality of your kitchen wall drastically. You can hang pans, container lids, and other frequently used utensils to utilize the space more efficiently.
2. Install A Mobile Kitchen Tool Box
To get a mobile kitchen space, you can use this compact-sized movable cart from IKEA. It has multi-level shelves to facilitate ample space. Arrange the most used materials on the top and the rare ones at the bottom.
You can shift its place according to your needs. Seems like a viable option to me!
3. Utilize Your Kitchen Drawers Effectively
A simple way to organize your kitchen drawers effectively is to use labeled baskets inside them. Although it might seem like they’ll consume extra space, once you use them you’ll realize the advantages.
Alternatively, you can place mason jars inside the drawers to hike their functionality.
4. Store Things On Countertop
Many times, the cabinets in the rental apartment’s kitchens don’t have a lot of space. Don’t fret if you’ve got a kitchen like that. You must be having a significant amount of space on your kitchen countertop.
Judicially use a part of that space to store frequently-used things, this will make them available right on-hand 24/7.
5. Baskets For Little Upper Cabinet
If you’re wishing to use every inch of your little upper cabinet, try placing baskets in them. These baskets can provide you with a lot of useful space and will accommodate everything in one place.
So invest in choosing the perfect fit for your cabinets and ample space in return.
6. Sideboard Turned Kitchen Island
Take the doors off a sideboard and use it around your kitchen to tackle space-related problems. Besides the previously mentioned idea of keeping things on the countertop, you can use it for the said purpose.
Plus, the sideboard will provide you with an immense area to store as many things as you want ( taking into consideration the available space, obviously ).
7. DIY Pallet Spice Rack
Presenting you with a hassle-free DIY storage unit, which won’t put your security deposit at stake. Get your spice containers off the cabinets and place them on this spice rack.
This is going to save a lot of space on your cabinets and will give you a superb option to display your collection.
8. Flower Pot Utensils Holder
Have you ever thought of storing your kitchen essentials in a flowering pot? Neither did I until I saw this hack. Yes, you can use flower pots to hold utensils like spoons, forks, etc.
Customize their look as per your liking and show off these beauties around your kitchen.
9. Use Cabinet Doors
Cabinet doors are downright the most underused space in your kitchen. Get a bit creative and experimental to use your cabinet doors.
Install these pallets on the cabinet doors using command hooks. You can store your plastic bags collection here. The functionalities are endless!
10. Hang A Curtain Rod
Hang a curtain rod on the wall adjoining your kitchen countertop. This will allow you to store innumerable things like pans, spatulas, etc. saving space in the cabinets.
Besides, you can also use a magnetic strip to stick metallic materials like knives, spoons, etc. Another judicial use of this curtain rod could be under your sink.
11. Organize Dishes On A Bookcase
Did you know that there are a lot of things, in addition to books, that you can store on a bookcase? You must be surprised to know the efficiency of a bookcase to organize your dishes.
Yes, you read that right! In case you’re not an avid reader and have a bookcase handy, display your pretty dishes by placing them on that.
12. DIY Pots And Pans Drawers
Create partitions in some of your large kitchen drawers to increase their utilization. In the absence of a partition, the pans and other stuff might stack up over each other which ultimately leads to clutter.
However, with partitions in the picture, you can avoid such situations and have more functional space.
13. Pantry Cabinet Lazy Susan
Create some extra cabinet space using this 2-tier pantry cabinet Lazy Susan. This will allow you to store things vertically on multiple levels.
Store everything from spice jars to coffee mugs. Plus, this revolving space is going to make everything easily accessible.
You see, having a small kitchen won’t be an issue anymore when you’re backed up with so many wonderful ideas. Try them and let us know!