A movable island is useful in so many ways — as an extra counter top, to store pots and pans and to serve from. This one from Jen ticks all the boxes. She topped the KALLAX 2×2 unit with LAMPLIG cutting boards.
Some IKEA storage solutions work excellently as pantry units. Like the STUVA, fitted with a few GRUNDLIG drawers or baskets. Being able to see through the baskets is helpful in checking your inventory.
Use the PLUTT self-adhesive hooks behind the cupboard door to hold up various small items like snacks, measuring spoons or even cables for your devices and small appliances.
#4 Maximize unused space
Make use of gaps like those at the end of countertop and the fridge to squeeze in more storage space. Hack a rolling cart from BEKVÄM spice racks to fit into the refrigerator gap.
Don’t miss out the gap at the end of your kitchen counter, if any. This hacker used the GRUNDTAL shelf to store wine bottles and herbs. (The GRUNDTAL is unavailable in some countries, so consider using the KUNGSFORS system instead.)
The UPPDATERA spice rack organizer lets you store more bottles in the same footprint. The stepped rack makes efficient use of space inside kitchen drawers and still let you see all your spice bottles at a glance. The same kind of stepped organizers are also available for cutlery and knives, though not from IKEA.
#7 Organize pots and lids
Pots, pans and lids are in my books the one that take up the most space. They are large, bulky and given their different sizes, hard to store. I’ve found the best method that works for me is to stack the pots — from big to small. As for pans, I line them up. Lids also work lined up.
The VARIERA pot lid organizer works superbly for this purpose. As the VARIERA is extendable it works well for both lids and pans. The organizer is great for dishes and baking trays too.
#8 Declutter under the kitchen sink
Under the sink is cabinet version of the junk drawer. Often chock a block with detergent, cleaning sponges, brushes etc. All that clutter makes it hard to access the cleaning materials under the sink. Make a turntable from a SNUDDA lazy susan and tray for your cleaning agents.
Use the KNUFF magazine holder as door bins to hold bottles, boxes of cling wrap, foil, etc against the kitchen cabinet doors.
Increase the functionality of old kitchen cabinets by modifying them to make smarter use of space. If your cabinets are short on shelves, add wire baskets and plastic containers to keep the contents neat and well-organised.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.