‘We’ve created a cosy bench that doubles as extra storage space. It’s helped turn the kitchen into a sociable area’
Mili and Tomáš, IKEA co-workers, Czech Republic
FIND NEW WAYS TO STORE MORE
Don’t think you can fit more into your small kitchen? Look high and low, into awkward corners, and don’t forget your doors. You might discover a few extra places you can add rails or small storage. If you want to keep the floorspace free, try hanging storage from ledges or radiators. If you live in an awkward or rented space, simple open shelves or build-your-own solutions securely fixed to the wall provide cost-effective storage you can add to over time or take with you when you leave.
‘All our guests love to congregate around our island table. It’s a creative design that makes the most of a small space’
Juli and Patrik, designers, Hungary
Have fun with your storage
Get playful with chalkboard paint, chalk and nails to create a storage solution for your utensils that also shows off your personality. The outlines mean everyone will know what lives where.
Clear your counters
Make the most of your available workspace by keeping it free of clutter. Chopping boards, utensils and even food can all be wall hung, leaving you with more prepping space.
Keep favourites close at hand
Make daily routines more streamlined by storing what you use most often within reach and things you use less frequently higher up. If you love coffee, why not create
‘The trolleys are extra worksurfaces. We can use them in the kitchen or in the living room to chop in front of the TV’
Prime, architect, Germany