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3 Small Kitchen Design Ideas

A few cleverly placed shelves, hooks, and baskets can turn a small kitchen into a chef's paradise. We've created three fresh ways to sneak in custom storage and clear your counters for your next big project: dinner.

space saver peg board
Photography by: Pernille Loof

The Dashboard

Our adjustable wall unit keeps cooking essentials in reach and off countertops. Hand these directions off to a pro or DIY it.


Elfa shelves, in Sand, $18 each, Santimetre Lara striped glass, in Black and White, $70; Milkmaid mini pitcher, in Yellow, $60; Lab flasks, in Black and White, $75 each; and Large Garbo mug, in Yellow on Cobalt, $70, Chemex 3-cup coffee- maker, $37, Hawkins New York simple storage containers, from $35 each; and simple round oak cutting board, from $70, Sir/ Madam Baker’s Dozen wooden spoons, in Large, $160, HomeStories industrial counter chair, in Dark Varnish, $369,


[MAKE IT: The Dashboard]

overhead kitchen storage
Photography by: Pernille Loof

The Up and Away

Give a vintage wooden ladder a second life high above a counter, and it’ll give you double the storage: You can hang pots, pans, and baskets from its rungs and place additional decorative containers above it.


A Rustic Garden Old 5-Rung Rustic Vintage wooden ladder, $60,


[MAKE IT: The Up and Away]

pot rack hooks
Photography by: Pernille Loof

Hooks and Ladders

Standard pot-rack hooks fit most rungs. Chrome ones contrast nicely with copper pots. Rogar long pot-rack hooks, $19 for 4,

floating island storage
Photography by: Lennart Weibull

The Floating Island

You may not have room for a built-in island or central bar. But you can repurpose a smaller table into a turbocharged workstation on wheels.


Urbangreen Parsons rectangular table, in Maple, $419, Everbuilt rigid non-marking rubber casters, 2", $3.50 each; and Home Depot steel round rods, 3/8" by 48", $7 each, County Ltd. iron towel bar, in Long, $45; and iron C-S hook, in Black, $32,


[MAKE IT: The Floating Island]

kitchen island products
Photography by: Pernille Loof

Trick it Out


Poured concrete is durable and heat-resistant. (Concrete Collaborative Ivory Solana slab, $45 per sq. ft.,


Hand S-Hooks

Sturdy hooks keep small items close. (Panacea black extender steel S-hooks, $4 each,


Deep Storage

Woven bike baskets stash produce in plain sight. The Basket Room Handcrafted Black Block bike basket, $88,


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