Rental kitchens are arguably one of the most commonly neglected (and frequently accepted) scourges of the apartment experience. Worse yet: the dreaded one-wall kitchen found in many an otherwise-lovely rental apartment. If you find yourself with a rental that happens to feature the saddest one-wall kitchen you’ve ever seen, don’t give up hope. First, look at the bright side: One-wall kitchens can be great from an efficiency perspective, since they’re not going to take up too much room in a tiny floor plan, and you’re rather unlikely to ever misplace anything in such a petite space. The flip side, of course, is that they’re so small (read: storage crisis) and can often appear tacked-on rather than like a finished room unto themselves. Plus, in a rental you can’t exactly gut the space and put in something better.
For a one-wall kitchen that blends cohesively with the rest of your home and features more storage than you’d ever expect, consider the following tips:
1. Use the wall space above the counter for additional storage.
Sky’s the limit, or at least your ceiling is, when it comes to how much storage you can add on to a wall. You can create an incredibly efficient storage system with shelves for glassware, hooks for mugs, pegs for pans, and a rod for frequently used utensils without taking up much space at all.
2. Invest in kitchen supplies you don’t mind showing off.
If your kitchen is in the same space as, say, your dining and living room, set out colorful and well-designed pots, pans, kettles, and dinnerware right on the stove or counter (or even on that weird shelf created by the tops of your cabinets) when not in use.