Asked on Sep 21, 2020

Adding storage to a small kitchen

Courtney |The Kitchen GartenLauren of Mom Home GuideKerri
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I just invested in a small single wide mobile home, and there is no storage in my kitchen. I was wondering how I could make my kitchen seem bigger or add more cabinets please.


15 answers
  • Redcatcec
    on Sep 21, 2020

    A picture would be very helpful.


    You might consider doing some remodeling, here are a few example of single wides:


    http://decorinspira.com/2019/02/27/35-single-wide-mobile-home-remodel-before-and-after-kitchen-makeovers-options


    You could also add shelves to the end caps of the cabinets, floating shelves on wasted wall space, carts, racks, hang baskets from the ceiling, racks under the sink for cleaning products...

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Sep 21, 2020

    We purchased a tall, slender cabinet to go between the refrigerator and wall at Home Depot for my daughter's mobile home.

    My parents have one at the lake and mother put a china cabinet for storage, just covered the glass so you can't see inside. Another option would be an armoire. I see people giving them away on marketplace or selling for $50 quite often. You could paint it if you can't match your cabinets.

    As for making the kitchen look bigger, go with lots of bright lights and add light colored accents. Keep counters cleared. If your cabinets are dark, consider lightening by either painting or putting contact paper on the doors.

  • Recreated Designs
    on Sep 21, 2020

    Hi Debra, when working with a small space I always try to go up. If you are not looking to do a major renovation but have a bit of space you could add a vintage cabinet that is high but doesn't have a big footprint. This will give you lots of extra storage without taking up a lot of extra room.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on Sep 21, 2020

    There are lots of great kitchen storage ideas here:

    https://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=kitchen%20storage

  • Cheryl A
    on Sep 21, 2020
  • Cindy
    on Sep 22, 2020

    Hi there Debra. My name is Cindy. You have to get creative to create more storage in a small kitchen. Use the room inside your cabinets. Put the shelves closer together if there is dead space not being used. You can also put shelving in the cabinet under the sink. That will double the space. Put hooks or a small towel bar on the inside of your cabinet doors. You can use a small tension rod under the sink to hang your cleaning products. Most cleaning products have a spray pump. The handles of these products will fit on the rod. For more storage get some large baskets and place them on top of your refrigerator. And, last, is there anywhere where you could hang a pot rack? You can fit a lot hanging pots and pans, cooking utensils, etc. Good luck Debra. And congratulations on your new home.

  • Betsy
    on Sep 22, 2020

    Hi Debra: You can get a bit more storage by using those hanging shelves that go over a door by putting them inside of your cupboards. You can bend the hook tops easily. Just make sure that they don't hit the edge of the shelf and that things on the shelf are back far enough to close the door.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Sep 22, 2020

    Hi Debra,

    Use the space above the cabinets. Ask Mobile home sellers what they suggest. Maybe they can add or alter the arrangement you have to give you more space! Enjoy your new home!

  • Maura White
    on Sep 22, 2020

    Can you share with us a picture? Use skinny shelves like ones here: https://amzn.to/33TJf0v


    There are some other cool gadgets to check out over here: https://happydealhappyday.com/top-kitchen-storage-ideas-or-products-to-make-life-easier-in-the-kitchen/

  • Kerri
    on Sep 23, 2020

    I would create and add a couple free floating or open shelves - use 2”x8” or 2”x10” @ about 3’ -4’ (ft) long (have it cut at Home Depot) and put a couple coats of fun paint or stain on them - buy some pretty or industrial L type brackets (2 per 3’-4’ shelf) to hold/brace the shelves to the wall (underneath shelf). Put your matching plates, bowls and glasses on the shelves and use the cabinets for storage. Screw in hooks underneath for coffee cups. OR build an eat-on counter and create shelves underneath for additional storage. And/Or hang wire shelves above washer and dryer for additional pots and pans etc. OR hang a pot rack somewhere and hang pots, lids, colander etc :))

  • Kerri
    on Sep 23, 2020

    Make use of all the space (ie IKEA) you have such as hang a shelf above/across a kitchen window (IKEA metal bakers rack/shelf is awesome) to put things on, dishes or pots, cups etc; hang a magnetic strip near the stove to hang cooking knives, ikea rods with lots of handy hooks and platforms for seasonings, oils, tea boxes etc. All cheap IKEA ideas :))

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Sep 24, 2020

    Some ways you can add more storage to you kitchen is by adding cup hooks for coffee cups, etc.underneath your cabinets. You can also add Command Hooks to the insides of your cabinets to hang measuring spoons, etc. You can also buy those metal racks that are made for creating more storage in cabinets. (That stand alone in your cabinet and create an extra shelf, so to speak.)

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Sep 24, 2020

    This article has great photos and inexpensive DIY ideas for adding more space and storage to a kitchen: https://www.littleyellowwheelbarrow.com/12-ways-cram-more-stuff-small-kitchen/


  • If there's room, you can always purchase a floating island with cabinet space. We did this and it was great to have the extra storage and workspace.

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