Small apartment kitchens can work well for busy people who depend on takeout and local eateries for their meals, but if you're the type who likes to cook, you'll probably find the average apartment kitchen to be woefully short of storage space. Adding shelving is one option, but many apartment managers don't allow anything to be installed that would involve drilling holes in the walls.
Fortunately, there are ways you can maximize the available space in your smaller kitchen. Following are seven things you can use to make room in your small kitchen for all of your pots, pans, spices, culinary oils, and anything else you need to craft delicious home cooked meals.
Although drawer dividers won't provide you with more space, they'll help you make the most of the space you have. Small apartments generally only have three or four drawers at most, and it's easier to fit more into small spaces when everything is well organized.
First manufactured for use in garages and shops to hold tools and keys, pegboards offer a perfect storage solution for small kitchens. Available in all shapes and sizes, you can paint and decorate them to add unique aesthetic appeal. Julia Child put pegboards to excellent use in her iconic kitchen.
Lazy Susans used to be utilitarian objects kept in large lower cabinets near the stove and held items such as baking powder, bags and boxes of dried pasta, canned goods, and spices, but today's smaller Lazy Susans are decorative enough to do double duty as tabletop ornaments. Larger ones can fit into a corner of your kitchen if you don't have lower cabinet space.
Magnetic Boards and Racks
Placing magnetic boards on the inside of your cabinet doors will provide you with plenty of storage space for your metal kitchen utensils. You can also place magnetic boards on walls and hang magnetic racks on the front of your refrigerator door to keep items you use often neatly organized and close at hand.
Rolling carts provide another good option for those who have limited space in their kitchens. Some of these can be folded up and stored in a closet when not in use, and others can be rolled into a an out-of-the way area when they are not needed. To get the most from a rolling cart, get one with a smooth top surface that can double as extra food-preparation space.
Large Cutting Boards
Large cutting boards may seem wrong for a small kitchen, but if you get one that fits over your sink, you'll actually increase your counter space significantly. Some cutting boards can even be folded when not in use for easy storage, while others can be propped up against a wall on the counter when not in use.
Bakers racks are a great solution for those who need extra shelves but aren't allowed by their apartment managers to install them because it involves drilling holes in the walls. Bakers racks come in heights of about four feet tall all the way up to six or seven feet. They're generally attractive pieces made of metal and were created for use in large home kitchens and commercial bakeries to provide a place for pies and cakes to cool after being taken out of the oven. Be sure to leave a shelf or two for their original purpose, though, if you're planning on doing a lot of baking in your apartment.
You'll probably find other ways to save space in your small kitchen unique to your own personal preferences and situation once you get cooking in your new apartments for rent in your area.