How to Maximise Your Kitchen Space

Having a small kitchen doesn’t suck. Having a small kitchen with a poor design sucks.

If you’re like one of the many homeowners I’ve met who hate their kitchen because of its limit space, then I’m here to tell you how you can increase the space in your kitchen without increasing the size of your kitchen. Yes, it can be done, but it may mean a new kitchen. But, at least that is cheaper than a new house!

So what exactly is defined as being a small kitchen? Well, according to BuildSearch, the average size of a kitchen in Australia is 4.2 m x 3.4 m, but the suggested size is 3.2 m x 4 m. So, if you’re working with a space this size or smaller, then you’ll want to do all you can to maximise the work surfaces and storage space while minimising the floor area used. And this is where this article will help you out.

Continue reading as I offer some of the best tips I’ve picked up over my years at Ross’s Discount Home Centre to help you maximise your kitchen space.

Go up, not out

open shelves

I did say that I would tell you how you can increase the space in your kitchen without increasing the size of your kitchen, right? Well, the best way to do this is to go up and not out. Using your vertical space will use up void space rather than valuable floor space.

Consider installing wall cabinets and trending open shelves above your benchtop to create more storage and draw the eye up. Doing so will also give the illusion of more space.

Utilise your splashback


A splashback can offer multi-functional capabilities by installing magnetic knife strips, rails and hooks, and shelving to store kitchen items such as knives, utensils, spices and towels. It can also look great.

Reduce your colour pallet

kitchen cabinets with 2-pack finish

As dark colours can make a space appear smaller, lighter colours can make a space appear larger. Therefore, forgo dark or bold colours and replace them with a light or white colour pallet. Our white kitchen cabinets are a great start. This won’t maximise your space but it will certainly make your kitchen appear larger than it is.

Double up your cupboard storage

cupboard storage

You can double your cupboard storage without adding a single extra cupboard. The trick is to purchase kitchen cabinet shelving like this large mesh shelf which is just $4.00 at Kmart. With additional shelving, you can stack plates on top of plates and still be able to access everything with ease.

Install a kitchen hanger rack

kitchen hanger rack

A ceiling mounted kitchen hanger rack if a fantastic invention that is not only highly functional but a focal design point as well. If you have an island bench, consider installing a kitchen hanger rack to hang all your pots and pans. These look great in industrial style kitchen designs.

Utilise your cupboard doors

hand Open Cabinet white

This is a little trick that I personally use; I bought suction cap containers and attached them to the inside of my under-sink cabinet door. They allow me to store my washing clothes and scrub brushes out of sight and still in reach.


Just because you have a small kitchen doesn’t mean you have to struggle with space. There are sneaky ways to maximise your kitchen space without having to increase the size of your kitchen. Tips include going up to take advantage of your vertical space by installing wall cabinets and open shelves, using storage accessories like magnetic knife strips to store knives and utensils, reducing your colour pallet to replace dark or bold colours with light or white colours, using kitchen cabinet shelving to double the space in your cabinets, installing a kitchen hanger rack to store pots and pans and using the inside doors of your base cabinets to store cleaning items.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your kitchen space or renovate your existing kitchen to offer more storage, then come and see the team at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We have everything you need including white kitchen cabinets to get more space without adding space!

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