Strategies to Make the Most of Unused Space in the Kitchen

Unused Space in the Kitchen
  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: February 20, 2023
  • Updated On: September 28, 2023

As millennials, we don’t enjoy the same luxury of living in spacious homes, especially in big cities like London. People are increasingly adopting smaller living spaces. A common challenge that accompanies such accommodations is a small kitchen.

Fortunately, you don’t have to struggle because your kitchen area is small. If you know the innovative ways to utilise the available space, you won’t have to sacrifice style or practicality. As a local kitchen fitter, we have assisted hundreds of families in making most of the unused space in the kitchen. In this post, we share our strategies with you.

Install floor-to-ceiling storage

Most kitchens have top space, which needs to be utilized properly. Any kitchen will benefit from floor-to-ceiling storage. You should divide the storage in the middle where you can keep the oven or make shelves such that the big doors do not dominate the storage space.

This full-wall storage provides enough space to store utensils, supplies, groceries, and other household items. Your kitchen builder might consider folding kitchen layout designs if the room needs to be more for a full door.

Use hooks

Floor-to-ceiling cabinets are alright, but what if the space is too tiny for such an installation? Then you can use hooks to hang items to save space. You can install hooks over the stove to hand things like frying pans and pots. It provides a dual benefit. First, it is a great way to make use of available space.

Second, it adds an aesthetically rustic look. Above the stove, you can hang hooks in areas like the sides of the kitchen islands and cabinets.

Include a window

If the orientation of your kitchen allows you to create a slim, clerestory window, you can boost light in your kitchen without installing roof lights. It will also act as a ventilator and keep your kitchen from becoming too hot. Consult a local kitchen fitter about the feasibility of such an addition to your kitchen.

Get a rolling cart

Consider buying a rolling cart if there are narrow gaps between the cabinets or between the fridge and the kitchen counter. These carts are shelves on wheels but thin enough to slide into the empty spaces neatly. This gives you some extra space to store things in the kitchen.

Add an open shelf

A high-up open shelf can be helpful to utilise the available space. These shelves can be used to keep items that you don’t often use in your kitchen. Also, as they are open shelves, it is easier to locate the items.

However, there are some things to consider. If your kitchen doesn’t have excellent extraction, then grease will settle on open shelves and their content. Ask your kitchen builder to install an efficient extraction if you plan to add an open shelf.


Optimising the utilisation of your kitchen space is something other than rocket science. You need to consult your local kitchen fitter about the options available to maximise the open space. These tips will help you make the most of the unused kitchen space.

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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.