Design Dilemma: Small Apt, Zero Storage

No kitchen storage, but plenty of cooking tools? Autumn recently came to us on Twitter with this exact problem.

We asked the Home Stylists at our Philadelphia and Edina stores to provide Autumn with some solutions to her all-too-common design dilemma. After all, Tupperware’s gotta go someplace!

Read on for 4 favorite pieces of advice from our Home Stylists.

Kitchen Storage Advice | west elm

#1. Upcycle An Island

“Repurpose an antique dresser as a freestanding kitchen island. It will give you extra storage and a chic look! Add a butcher block top and it becomes a convenient space for prepping food. Add stools, and a non-fixed island doubles as a dining space. Our Cabin Kitchen Island or the Rustic Kitchen Island.”
Dana Gavin, west elm Edina

Kitchen Island - Kitchen Storage Advice | west elm

#2. Personalize A Peg Board

“Peg board is a great way to clear out your cupboards and utilize an open wall in the kitchen. Properly anchor and screw the peg board into the wall. Then simply use a hook to hang your pots, pans and even cooking utensils from the board.”

“You can paint the peg board a fun, bold color or outline each cooking tool in marker or chalk so that it when not on it board, you know its place to put it back.”
Laura Wilson, west elm Philadelphia

Wooden Kitchen Island - Kitchen Storage Advice | west elm

#3. Get Magnetic

“Put a stainless steel backsplash behind your oven and use magnetic containers to hold all your spices.”

“Not only is this concept functional but it can create a really unique industrial/commercial aesthetic to your kitchen. It’s a sleek touch and a real space saver!”
Dana Gavin, west elm Edina

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#4. Be More Transparent

“Floating wall shelves can be placed strategically on open walls throughout the kitchen to get additional storage. Installing hooks on the bottom surface of the shelf adds hanging storage below.”

“Consider putting dry goods into glass cannisters or jars, so you can put them on display and free-up other space to tuck-away that Tupperware!”
Laura Wilson, west elm Philadelphia

Organized Kitchen Wall - Kitchen Storage Advice | west elm

Do you have a design dilemma? west elm Home Stylists at your local store can help, and we even offer free in-home consultations.

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