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Published on September 21st, 2007 | by Jules Yap


kate’s storage ideas for a small kitchen

small spaces are always a challenge, especially in the kitchen. you have no place to store the 72pc dining set mom gave, let alone have room for a dining table. kate with some ikea hacking solved her small problem.

“i have a teeny tiny studio apartment with an even tinier kitchen, which has virtually no counter space or storage at all. i had no room for a full size table, and i needed something to do double duty. the only space available for all of this is the entrance to the kitchen area, less than 5′ long, and i had to leave some space open to walk through!


the billsta square table top was the perfect shape – right width, right depth, and suitably kitchen-feeling. however, the base it was grouped with is a pedestal, which would mean losing all of the space underneath for storage. so i got 4 vika kaj legs instead. the table is pre-drilled for the pedestal base, but the wood is very soft and attaching the vika legs was easy. one caveat – the bolts that come with the legs are too long for the billsta table, you need to get shorter ones from a hardware store. the colors of the table and the legs are a perfect match for the franklin folding bar stool. i got a cheap andy rolling cart to put underneath, it’s great for storing my utensils and my potatoes!

table1 kitchen


for a little more storage space, i put some jarpen shelves up on what seemed like an annoying small wall that juts out in the kitchen area. i had a magnetic spice rack set, which came with a square metal base that stands up on a counter, but to save space i used a magnetic strip from an ikea desk accessory that came with magnets for hanging notes in your workspace. i think the spices look even better this way than with the original holder.

my apartment is one of those “i live in an ikea catalog” type spaces; i’m particularly happy with the dignitet curtain system. It makes my little living space seem bigger, and less like i’m sleeping in my living room.”
backlit_curtain bed bedroom

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Jules Yap

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7 Responses to kate’s storage ideas for a small kitchen

  1. Amphritrite says:

    That looks distinctly like a DC Subway map in your kitchen! Good thinking ;) You can plan your route AND enjoy some pretty colors in an otherwise bland spot!

  2. Jules says:

    revamp and chaz, thanks for letting me know. photos are restored.

  3. Chaz says:

    pics are not showing up!

  4. reVamp says:

    Where are the pictures? Kate’s kitchen sounds exactly like mine, and a small table sounds wonderful (I’ve been eating off of tv trays in the livingroom)

  5. rachie says:

    Is the bed from Ikea too? I really want a full or queen size platform bed like that one. I particularly want a bed that my cats cannot get underneath, partly because they’ll go under there and hide, partly because they’ll take things under there and hide them, and partly because I have a tendency to stuff things underneath and never see them again until I move.

    Ideally I’d like one that has storage drawers, but I don’t think that looks as “clean” as the type you have, so I don’t know. I’m about to move into a studio and am loving your ideas!

  6. Tony Chang says:

    Kate — Where are there such teeny tiny apartments in the DC area? Is that an efficiency? (Spotted your Metro map)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Is that an Ikea bed? Malm? If so, it looks better in your space than in the store!

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