In a perfect world, every New York City apartment would be a gourmet-level sanctuary where any at-home chef could whip up delectable meals whenever inspiration strikes. In the real NYC world, you’re lucky if you end up with a kitchen that has a dishwasher and enough counter space for a cutting board. With a little bit of planning and space-saving creativity, however, many New Yorkers have mastered the art of converting an apartment kitchen into a functioning culinary center. Maximize space with the help of these six essentials for small kitchens.
Magnetic Spice Jars
Every cooking fanatic should be equipped with a nice array of spices, but bulky jars can take up precious counter or cabinet space. Magnetic spice jars are the perfect way to store spices while keeping them out of the way. Plus, buying your spices in bulk – rather than packaged and jarred varieties – is a great money saver.
Foldable Dish Rack
If you don’t have a dishwasher, a drying rack for your dishes is one of the major essentials for small kitchens. Be sure to choose one that will fold up easily and tuck neatly away when it’s not in use.
We always see those large, double-door refrigerators in suburbia homes, but that’s far from the norm with big city apartments. Attachable sliding drawers do wonders for creating extra space in your fridge – a huge plus if you live with roommates and need more room for everyone’s food.
Cabinets in small NYC kitchens don’t always have a lot of shelves, so you have to maximize kitchen space and get creative. No matter how many (or how few) cupboards you have, you can easily double a shelf’s capacity with some shelving racks that allow you to stack more dishes or cooking equipment.
Keep your cooking utensils in order with a hanging kitchen organizer, which frees up drawer and counter space.
Chic Liquor Storage
Even if you’re not a fan of cooking, every New York local needs room for wine glasses and – of course – wine. We love the idea of a chic liquor storage unit, which you can mount on the wall to display everything from stemware to your favorite spirits, maximizing space and stopping bottles from cluttering your kitchen.