How to refurb an apartment kitchen?


I'm a renter who loves to cook - cookies, cakes, preserves, jams, jellies, and anything with cocoa/chocolate - unfortunately in my apartment there's no place for all my baking supplies and equipment. With limited cabinet space, what's the best material to use to create a narrow rack that will tuck in next to my refrigerator and allow me to store my cookie sheets, muffin tins, and other baking pans.

The available area I'm looking to use is 5" wide, 28" deep, and 62"-65" high. I'm a novice when it comes to building things, and the only tools I have are a drill and sander.

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  • Polly Fuller Polly Fuller on Aug 06, 2018

    how about a flexible plastic sheet that can be bent into a u shape. the flat sheets can slide in and out easily. they do have small narrow shelves that fit between washers and dryers. those may do. check online.

    • Qae8119163 Qae8119163 on Aug 06, 2018

      I've checked the different racks but they don't have the ability to hold all my sheets - I have 4 cookie sheets (1 is the width of the oven rack), and 4 other oven width baking sheets (mini bundt, mini muffins, mega muffins, and mini bread loaf), 5 different sets of cake pans, and three springform pans, and 2 mini spring form pans. Any rack would have to be able to hold nearly 20 pounds of pans.

  • Oliva Oliva on Aug 06, 2018

    Be careful about compromising the space next to your refrigerator, as it needs a space for air circulation/heat to escape. Can you put in a tall baker's rack, floating shelves, or similar? Can your cookie sheets/tins fit in the drawer under the stove? My canning equipment was stored in my storage bin. The kitchen was large enough for a drop leaf table, which became extra work/storage space. Same for a diningroom table. Folding cooling racks stacked vertically, to save counter space. Chocolates were stored in "cake savers", in lower cabinets. Spices were stacked vertically. Flours and sugars went into stacking, airtight canisters. No vertival space was wasted! If you have a coat closet sufficiently large, place some baking equipment there.

    • Qae8119163 Qae8119163 on Aug 06, 2018

      It's more of a galley kitchen, I can just open the refrigerator door when the dishwasher door is open completely, but can't move between the two if they're open at the same time. I've gone as vertical as possible in the kitchen - I've attached some images to give you an idea of how little space there is...I actually have a 6' tall 5 shelf rack in my livingroom that holds all my cooking supplies since none of the cabinets have room after I put in my dishes. I still have more baking pans in the lower cabinets and all my canning supplies are in the lower cabinet beside the refrigerator. My larger stock pots are in the drawer under my stove...none of my baking pans will fit in the drawer - they're too wide.

      (Please ignore the mess, I'm in process of making cherry plum and watermelon strawberry jelly.)

  • Dmotan Dmotan on Aug 08, 2018

    Get under the bed storage bins and store in that, however, I think you have probably taken up that space.

    It's now time to cull your inventory. There is just so much you need at one time, so pack up some boxes of baking things and take to a thrift store, or put in the trunk of your car and use that space as storage.

    I know a lady who stores her clothes in her oven and microwave as she never cooks. I'm not kidding.

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    • Qae8119163 Qae8119163 on Aug 08, 2018

      also, my under the bed storage is for the computer and tech stuff and sewing paraphernalia I keep to be used at school with my students. With the limited space I have in my classroom, I have to transport my sewing machines, material, notions, and patterns to and from schools on the days I run a sewing group.

  • Lisa Duerlinger Lisa Duerlinger on Aug 09, 2018

    Take down that small shelf above your microwave and put up a larger wire-rack/utility type of shelf. You could put a lot more on it plus hang stuff from it

  • Lisa Duerlinger Lisa Duerlinger on Aug 09, 2018

    You can also go to an office supply store and buy a small rack that's made for holding file folders and use it for storing baking pans or lids in an upright position to help better utilize space

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 21, 2020


    you can buy a mobile trolley only 4.5" wide. White Plastic. I've just bought two myself for just that purpose. (3 tiers and a 5 tier one) eBay!