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Easy DIY Small Kitchen Storage Solutions That Are Affordable

Do you have a small kitchen? Are you looking for ways to add more kitchen storage space ideas without breaking the bank? If so, look at these easy and affordable DIY small kitchen storage ideas you can do yourself.

We recently discovered a storage solution to utilize some unusable cabinet space. It was such a simple solution and with minimum cost.

We are currently renovating our guest cottage and in doing so we discovered an item that we assumed had been sold or donated years ago.

Do you have those spaces in your cabinet that once an item is place there, it’s quickly forgotten to never be seen again?

Today, I’ll share the ideas for small kitchen storage used in our guest cottage which include:

  • Creating user friendly cabinet space
  • Making the small kitchen appear larger
  • Inexpensive storage solutions

Don’t you love these fun Bico Ceramic Red Bird Dishes? They help to brighten the small kitchen and are so affordable. I have several of the bamboo plate racks that I used to display all my dishes. You can see them here and the plate rack also.

Brighten kitchen with open cabinets and colorful dishes.

DIY Small Kitchen Storage Idea – User-Friendly Space

When we started renovating, we began cleaning out the cabinets and discovered our old ice cream churn hidden in the back corner, where it had not seen the light of day for at least 20 years.

We thought we had sold it at a yard sale or donated it during one of our moves. But no, it was just in that space where things disappear.

The kitchen is tiny, and the cabinet extends beside the stove. Therefore, the space beyond the stove is where things disappear.

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User-Friendly Storage Solution – DIY Kitchen Storage Ideas

Fortunately, the back side of the cabinets is exposed to the living area. Therefore, our solution to this wasted storage space is to create a door from the backside. If you have a similar situation, here’s what you should do.

This DIY kitchen storage idea requires minimal small tool skills.

First, determine what size door is needed for easy access. Use a marker to draw the area for your opening. The opening we cut is approximately 18 by 26 inches.

Then, you can use a jigsaw to cut through the wall of the cabinet.

You can now see how much storage was initially hidden when the access was only from the front of the cabinet.

Create space by utilizing cabinet space

In order to make the space functional and less confusing, we added a divider board between the two spaces.

This is just a simple piece of plywood that we had from another project and it was easily attached and held in place with wood strips and screws.

DIY Kitchen Storage Ideas

How To Build A Door For New Storage Space

Next, we built two frames to create a door for the storage space.

Each frame is built using wood strips that are 2 by 1 inch.

Cut the wood into the correct lengths for each frame using a miter saw.

The outside dimensions of the larger frame is approx. 20 1/2 by 28 1/2 Inches and the smaller frame is approx. 16 1/2 by 24 inches.

Use miter saw to cut frame

One frame will fit around the new opening and the second frame fits inside the first one.

The frames were built using wood glue and finishing nails.

The cabinet bead board paneling that was cut out to create the opening, is attached to the smaller frame from the back side.

Note: The bead board was trimmed to fit behind the smaller frame and attached with wood glue.

Before installing the new door frames, you will want to paint them with your choice of paint color.

Paint door before installing

How To Attach The Door

Next, lay the frames on a table with the smaller one inside the larger one. Then, using door hinges, attach the smaller frame to the larger one, ensuring they open and close freely.

Now, it’s time to install the frames to create your door.

If your cabinet material is lightweight and thin, you will want to add wood strips to the inside of the cabinet. Be sure to position them in the exact location where the screws will be attached from the outside. In addition, you want the wood strips inside the cabinet to be placed so that the door cannot swing to the inside.

DIY Kitchen Storage Ideas

Position your frames over the opening and hold securely as you use wood screws to attach.

ideas for storage in a small kitchen - create a new cabinet for easy access.

Finally, add a latch or door handle to keep the door closed.

Just so you know, you may prefer a cabinet door professionally built to match your current cabinetry if you are planning this solution in your home. However, for our rustic guest cottage, this was a low-cost solution for us.

DIY Kitchen Storage Ideas - Add door to backside of cabinets

DIY Small Kitchen Storage Idea

Since the new storage space is beside the door, leading to the deck, the space is perfect for storing cushions ready to be taken out when guest are arriving.

Now, the space is functional, and items stored here can be easily seen.

small kitchen storage ideas - work with unusable spaces.

How To Make Kitchen Appear Larger with DIY Small Kitchen Storage Ideas

Installing open shelving is one of the best ways to make a small kitchen appear large.

However, a more budget-friendly DIY small kitchen storage idea is to remove the cabinet doors to create cubby-style open shelving.

It’s an easy process, especially if your cabinets are painted.

  1. Remove all door and hardware
  2. Fill hardware holes with wood filler
  3. Sand until smooth
  4. Paint cabinets inside and out.
  5. If cabinets are stained, use stainable wood putty and match the colors as closely as possible.

A small kitchen may not have room for a cupboard or hutch. So, the open cubby shelving allows you to show your dishes and glasses.

The Bico Ceramic Red Bird Dishes help to brighten the neutral space.

Insider Tip

If you are working with stained cabinetry, do a sample board to determine what stain combination will match your current stain.

Us a piece of the exact wood you are working with and apply stain.

Allow to dry thoroughly before determining if you have a match.

Ideas for Storage in a Small Kitchen

With limited drawer space, large, bulky kitchen utensils can crowd your drawers. This DIY kitchen storage Idea is a perfect solution.

You can install an inexpensive rod over the cooktop to store large items. Purchase S hooks and hang larger utensils such as spatulas, measuring cups, tongs, and corkscrews from the rod.

I used this cheap curtain rod and these S hooks for the guest cottage.

ideas for storage in a small kitchen - hang large utensils over the stovetop with a small curtain rod.


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I hope you enjoyed this simple, small kitchen storage solution. If you have a space similar to this in your cabinets, you will be amazed at how much more functional your kitchen cabinets can be.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Kristin | White Arrows Home

Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Such great tips!!


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Kristin, Thank you.


Saturday 2nd of September 2023

Thank you for the great idea! We took down two cabinet doors to make a range hood out of wood. I stashed the old doors and I have a lot of wasted hollow space in my kitchen island. I already have the doors and the space. Going to do it.


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

Gina, I'm so glad this gave you inspiration for your island. Thank you for sharing. Hope it turns out great.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 2nd of September 2023

I can always sue great small kitchen storage ideas, Rachel. Great ideas!


Saturday 2nd of September 2023

Kim, I'm glad you found this helpful

Teri Pickens

Monday 28th of August 2023

Loved the storage ideas! Thanks, Teri


Tuesday 29th of August 2023

Teri, I'm so glad you like it. Thank you.

Wendy McMonigle

Monday 28th of August 2023

So many great ideas Rachel. I love the little cabinet for your cushions, it also adds some charm with the cute door you made.


Monday 28th of August 2023

Wendy, I really appreciate your comments.