No Counter Space in Your Kitchen? Here are 10 Solutions

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A small kitchen that lacks counter space can turn any keen cooks into a grumpy monster that no one wants to be around.

Nothing is more infuriating than choosing to prep a culinary masterpiece and not having the space to work your magic. 

Thankfully, we have some suggestions and tips to make the most of your small kitchen (and find counter spaces when there aren’t any).

Solutions when your kitchen has no counter space

If you want to take your kitchen makeover seriously, start by decluttering and removing unused appliances and items from your counters. This makes finding solutions and making changes significantly simpler. 

Here are several novel solutions for you to experiment with:

Rethink your kitchen sink space

Even if your kitchen has little to no counter space, it will always have at least one sink. Most people often disregard (and under-utilize) sink spaces. Don’t do that.

Over-the-sink boards and racks

Covering your sink with a board similar to this bamboo option from Amazon: Lipper International Bamboo Wood Over-The-Sink/Stove Kitchen Cutting and Serving Board will increase your prepping and counter space 10-fold. It looks way more eye-catching than your sink too!

Lipper International Bamboo Wood Over-The-Sink/Stove Kitchen Cutting and Serving Board, Large, 20-1/2" x 11-1/2" x 2"

Over-the-sink drying rack

Don’t let a drying rack take up precious kitchen counter space. Instead, purchase a dish drying rack that fits above your sink (you will not regret it!). 

It is easy to see why this Homexpect Over The Sink Dish Drying Rack from Amazon is fantastically popular. It’s ridiculously simple to unfold, roll out and store! 

Homexpect Over The Sink Dish Drying Rack 17.7 inches x 16 inches, 304 Stainless Steel Multipurpose Roll-Up Sink Rack for Kitchen, Foldable, Rollable and Easy to Store, Grey

Above sink drying rack

If you want to keep your sink available and uncovered, think about using the wasted space above your sink instead. 

A drying rack such as this one is perfect for saving kitchen counter space and keeping washing up supplies, cleaned crockery, and cooking utensils tidy and out of the way. 

Over The Sink Dish Drying Rack Adjustable (25.6"-33.5"), 2 Tier Stainless Steel Large Dish Rack Drainer for Kitchen Counter Organizer Storage Space Saver with 10 Utility Hooks

Cover your stovetop

Covering your stove top can immediately add extra counter space to your kitchen. Some of the wooden boards used for covering your kitchen sink can also be used over a stovetop.

Alternatively, look for covers purposely made for stove tops, such as this Stove Top Cover Extra Large for Electric Stove with 2Pcs Gap Covers from Amazon. Just make sure to measure your stove top carefully before purchasing. 

Stove Covers, Heat Resistant Glass Stove Top Cover for Electric Stove with 2Pcs Gap Covers, Large Cooktop Cover 28.5×20.5in [Anti-Slip Coating] Protector for Electric Glass Stove Washer Dryer Top

Add a mobile kitchen island

You may not have much counter space, but that does not mean you can’t bring counter space to your kitchen. 

If you have the space, permanently place an island in a workable space in your kitchen.

If space is not your friend, try keeping the mobile island in an adjacent room or closet. Roll it out when you need it and store it out of sight when you are done. 

Islands can also work if you don’t have enough bathroom counter space.

Mobile islands offer extra counter space and often have room to store other kitchen appliances and items you would usually have to place on a kitchen countertop. 

They can also be great for creating room separation in a small apartment.

Convenient rack with loads of storage

This Hodedah Kitchen Island with Spice Rack is great for a kitchen with little counter space. It comes in several colors, with wheels, and offers ample extra storage and counter space.  

Hodedah Kitchen Island with Spice Rack, Towel Rack & Drawer, White with Beech Top, 15.5 x 35.5-44.9 x 35.2 inches

Small but practical island

If you are looking for a mobile island that takes up less space, this granite top works nicely. 

Linon Kitchen Island Granite Top, 33.88" x 22.8" x 15.63", Natural

Wall-mounted counter space

Barely have any counter space? No problem. Look for open wall spaces where you can mount a collapsible workspace (the side of a kitchen cupboard also works). 

A wall-mounted counter space can be folded away when unused and is substantially cheaper than installing extra kitchen cupboards.  

Folding table

This Wall Mounted Folding Table from Amazon comes in several sizes and is super simple to install. Its natural wood finish allows it to blend in well in most kitchens. 

MM MELISEN Wall Mounted Folding Table for Laundry Room, Wall Mounted Fold Down Desk for Small Saving Spaces, Kids Floating Desk for Dining, Room, Study, Kitchen, Dinner, Bar

Use your kitchen walls for storage

Adding hanging baskets, towel rails, utensil hooks, or peg boards to your kitchen walls can help to store the items that typically take up your counter space.  

Wall mounted baskets

These Farmhouse Metal Wire Bin Basket with Wall Mount from Amazon are perfect for kitchen storage and removing clutter from your countertops. 

SheeChung Farmhouse Metal Wire Bin Basket with Wall Mount - Small, 4 Pack - Portable Hanging Wall Basket, Rustic Home Storage Organizer for Cabinets, Pantry, Closets, Bathroom, Kitchen,Bedroom(Black)

Save space with a utensil holder

A wall utensil holder, such as this Magnetic Knife Holder for Wall from Amazon, removes the need for a knife block or utensil stands in your workspace. Place it close to where you prep or cook to keep everything close at hand. 

Magnetic Knife Holder for Wall - Stainless Steel Knife Magnetic Strip 18 Inch - Wall Knife Magnet Bar Rack With Hooks

Pegboard wall organizer

Pegboards, such as this Metal Pegboard for Kitchen 4 Pcs from Amazon, are excellent for storing utensils, knives, roller towels, and other accessories. 

Metal Pegboard for Kitchen 4 Pcs, NaneTidy Pegboard Wall Organizer Kits and Accessories (Include 3 x Spice Racks, 5 x Hooks, 1 x Knife Holder, 1 x Utensil Holder, 1 x U-Rack, 1 x Towel Rack), White

Browse the many pegboard accessories online if you need help storing a greater selection of kitchen accessories. 

Pegboards can also be a great help if you don’t have room for a pantry.

Over microwave storage rack

Why not invest in a microwave oven rack that offers various storage tiers? Place your extra appliances on the shelves to free up some counter space. 

This Microwave oven rack, for example, allows you to store additional appliances and utensils.

Adjustable Microwave Stand,Microwave Oven Rack Shelf Heavy Duty 3-Tier Shelf with 9 Hooks for Kitchen Shelves Counter Top Organizer, Holds 180lbs Bakers Racks for Kitchens,with Cutting Boards Stand

By the way, if you don’t have space for an oven in your kitchen we have some great tips for you.

Raised kitchen counter shelf

You may want your kitchen accessories close at hand but only have them take up some of your precious counter space. Adding a raised cabinet shelf will give you the best of both worlds. 

This Urhomey plus Expandable Cabinet Shelf from Amazon will take up a little counter space, but it’s relatively slim and will provide double the storage capacity. 

Urhomey plus Expandable Cabinet Shelf Organizer 16~26" Stackable Kitchen Counter Shelf Rack 22LBS Sink Shelf Riser Countertop Storage Black

Under cabinet storage

Who says that hammock are just for relaxing? They can also function as storage. By adding hanging hammock storage under your top cabinets, you increase your storage. Better still, your counter space remains untouched. 

Hanging Fruit Hammock Under Cabinet - 1 Macrame Fruit Hammock with 2PCS Hooks - Handwoven Cotton Basket Storage for Produce, Banana - Boho Kitchen Decor for More Counter Space at Home Boat Camper RV

Fruit bowls are such countertop space wasters. By hanging fruit, your space problem is solved. 

Take advantage of corners and wasted spaces

Some kitchen corners are wasted or too awkwardly shaped or small to use for food preparation. Why not use these spaces to maximize your kitchen storage? Fill these spaces instead of your precious counter space. 

Corner shelves

Take a look at this elegant looking Kitchen Countertop Organizer Corner Shelf from Amazon with hooks. It is easy to assemble and will undoubtedly maximize your kitchen counter space. 

ZHWS Kitchen Countertop Organizer Corner Shelf - 3 Tier Bathroom Storage Display Counter Shelves Bamboo Spice Rack Desk Bookshelf with Hooks

Save counter space with your refrigerator

Several organizers fit onto the sides of kitchen refrigerators. These organizers are great for stacking items that you would typically pop onto a counter. 

This Supwunwang Magnetic Fridge Spice Rack Organizer has four storage layers and a paper towel rack. If you can do away with traditional countertop towel racks, you can save massively on a workspace. 

Supwunwang Magnetic Fridge Spice Rack Organizer,Magnetic Refrigerator Storage Rack with 3 Utility Hooks, 4 Tier Magnetic Paper Towel Holder, Multi Use Kitchen Rack Shelves [Matte Black] (Black)

Hang your spices on the refrigerator with this Mystozer 4 Pack Magnetic Spice Rack Organizer from Amazon, and do away with countertop spice racks. 

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