Small Space Secrets: Maximize Every Inch
Jun 10

Cramming it All In

As a self-proclaimed small space connoisseur, I’ve had my fair share of experience with making the most out of limited square footage. My cozy 1100-square-foot home is a testament to the wonders of clever design and strategic organization. But one particular area that has always presented a challenge is the kitchen – that bustling heart of the home where every inch counts.

You see, when my husband and I moved into our charming 1950s abode, the kitchen layout left a lot to be desired. The light switch was inconveniently located near the back door, and the lack of overhead lighting made meal prep a bit of a mood-dampening endeavor. And let’s not even talk about the side of the fridge – that 2×2 foot abyss that so often becomes a dumping ground for random odds and ends.

But as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. And so, I set out on a mission to transform this often overlooked nook into a functional and aesthetically-pleasing space that would make the most of every square inch. The result? A delightful little zone that has become one of the most utilized areas in our kitchen.

Vintage Charm Meets Modern Convenience

The inspiration struck when I stumbled upon a stunning image in Country Living Magazine. It featured a small kitchen with an antique door repurposed as a fridge-side divider, instantly adding a touch of vintage charm. I knew I had to recreate something similar in my own home.

Armed with this vision, my friend Denise and I set out on a weekend antique shopping excursion. And lo and behold, I found the perfect door – a weathered, wooden beauty that would fit the fridge like a glove. A quick trim and a fresh coat of paint later, and it was ready to be installed.

Nesting With Grace offers a helpful step-by-step on how I tackled this project:

  1. Measure the fridge dimensions and trim the door to size
  2. Give the door a new lease on life with a paint color that complements your kitchen
  3. Use command strips to securely attach the door to the fridge, preventing any unwanted tipping
  4. String up some twine and clip on gold-painted clothespins to create a charming display area

The result? A functional and visually appealing divide that not only separates the fridge from the rest of the kitchen but also provides a handy spot to showcase ever-changing artwork, photos, and other cherished mementos.

Organized to Perfection

But the transformation didn’t stop there. You see, that previously overlooked side of the fridge had the potential to be so much more than a catchall for random clutter. Enter: my trusty letter organizer and letter bin.

These nifty organizational tools have been absolute game-changers, providing a dedicated home for all those everyday essentials – scissors, tape, batteries, wrapping paper, and more. It’s essentially a mini “junk drawer” right within arm’s reach, keeping everything neat, tidy, and easily accessible.

And let’s not forget the all-important task of illumination. Our 1950s-era kitchen was sorely lacking in the lighting department, with the lone light switch situated inconveniently by the back door. But with the addition of a plug-in pendant light, strategically placed right above the fridge nook, I can now easily flip it on for those late-night snack runs or when extra brightness is needed.

The Power of Vertical Space

One of the key principles I’ve learned in making the most of small spaces is to always look up. That vertical real estate is just begging to be utilized, and in our laundry room, Philip of Philip or Flop demonstrates it beautifully.

By stacking the washer and dryer and incorporating custom cabinets above, Philip was able to create a highly functional yet visually appealing laundry oasis in a space that measured a mere 8.5 x 5.5 feet. The secret? Maximizing every inch, from wall-to-wall storage to a custom drying rack that folds up neatly when not in use.

And the beauty of this approach isn’t limited to just the laundry room – it can be applied throughout the home. In fact, Apartment Therapy showcases a stunning Parisian-inspired apartment where the homeowner has seamlessly incorporated floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, making the most of their vertical real estate.

The Small Space Mindset

At the end of the day, making the most of a small space is all about embracing a certain mindset. It’s about seeing the potential in every nook and cranny, and not being afraid to get creative. After all, as the saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

And let me tell you, living in a 1100-square-foot home has certainly sparked my inventive spirit. From that repurposed fridge-side door to the ingenious laundry room layout, I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to squeeze every last ounce of functionality and style out of our humble abode.

So, whether you’re tackling a tiny kitchen, a cramped laundry room, or any other space-challenged area of your home, I encourage you to embrace the small space mindset. Because with a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of determination, you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish.

And who knows? Your small space secrets might just end up inspiring someone else’s home transformation. After all, that’s the beauty of sharing our design journeys – we’re all in this together, constantly learning from one another and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, no matter the square footage.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to tackle the next small space challenge in my humble abode. After all, there’s always another inch to maximize!

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