I need help with my kitchen.. I have very little counter space.

I need someplace to put small appliances so I can use my counters ie:toaster.. Microwave.. Coffee maker. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 19, 2018
    do you have any wall space

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 19, 2018
    Shelf on Counter top........

  • Gail Gail on Jan 19, 2018
    Use a cabinet, with underneath shelf/shelves as storage for them. Add countertop on top of cabinet & use as an island in your kitchen if you have enough floor space. If not, perhaps a bookcase whatever height you have space for. Also, if there is space on top of your upper cabinets, you could store them there. One other option might be a nice strong wall shelf that's 8, 10, or maybe even 12 inches deep. "L" shaped brackets are available in whatever size you need for that shelf.

  • Gail Gail on Jan 19, 2018
    You are very welcome.

  • Evelyn Echols Evelyn Echols on Jan 20, 2018
    My handy husband used drawer glide hardware from Lowe's to make a pull-out shelf in one of my lower kitchen cabinets. It was easy-peasy! We love to cook so have a LOT of implements; with the help of a hole saw bit we cut openings in the shelf and dropped in cylindrical, perforated stainless steel holders from a restaurant supply place (designed to hold cutlery in a cafeteria, for example). I got nine of these holders to fit... and the cabinet it next to the stove, so when I need a particular implement (whisk, spatula, tongs, wooden spoon, etc.) I just pull it out of one of the holders where it lives with like implements.

    If you can spare a shelf or two in your lower cabinets, you could store your smaller appliances in the same way. As to your microwave, kitchen cabinetry suppliers are now making cabinets designed to hold a microwave at roughly waist level. Perhaps you could pull out an existing cabinet of the same size (and repurpose it) and substitute one of these?

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 20, 2018
    I bought an old dresser to make a moveable island. It isn't finished, but just having that extra space helps.

  • Moly Moly on Jan 20, 2018
    Hi Deborah. I have exactly 32” of counter space (including the 1” between the sink & the refrigerator), but not all in one straight line. The longest piece is 20” and nowhere near the stove. My Country kitchen cabinets are so low that short canisters barely fit, so no room for microwave or coffeemaker, blender or mixer. I HAD to get more space!

    We took out a closet between the kitchen and the front door, and when the walls were finished I brought up an old dresser from the bedroom which my father-in-law had for nearly 50 years and put it along the wall we had just “lengthened”. It fits perfectly in our “country kitchen. It holds all our appliances, including a bread maker! That leaves my 32” of counter free for food prep & cutting board.

    You could use any style dresser or even a table the same way. Under a table you could install shelving or modified cabinets.

    Islands are great but in a small kitchen they can be more of an obstacle, even with wheels. We tried that route too and I was constantly moving it around the table. Great for the arms but a nuisance for function.

    Between the counter and the dresser was a window (only 15” off the floor), so my hubby built a window seat bench with storage. My hubby ingeniusly built the bottom of the bench 3” off the floor and cut out the bead board on the front to allow the table to slide under. Gave me 12” more of floor space too!

    Hope you find a solution that works for you!

  • Moly Moly on Jan 20, 2018
    You are most welcome!