Some of the kitchens in Hillsborough County rental homes can be on the small side or may not have enough storage for all the essentials. This can make doing daily tasks more difficult. However, you can maximize your kitchen space to create a functional and beautiful working space you will enjoy being in. This article will show you some ideas to add storage and utility to your rental home’s kitchen.
One quick note: the upgrades mentioned here will be a mix of easy do-it-yourself options that you can easily take with you when you leave the rental home and some ideas that may require the permission of your landlord. Be sure to check the terms of your lease carefully and follow the process for requesting permanent changes.
Declutter and Organize
The best strategy to create a clean and functional kitchen is to first declutter and organize it. If you have more dishes, utensils, small appliances, or kitchenware than you have cabinet space, simply getting rid of things you don’t use regularly can help everything fit better. You can also invest in organizing trays and racks that fit into a drawer or cabinet to corral things like silverware, pot and pan lids, and spice jars. Once you have made a space for everything and put everything in its place, you are on your way to a more functional kitchen.
Use Vertical Spaces
Another way to maximize your kitchen is to create more storage. If your cabinet space is limited, you can add hooks or pegs to unused areas, like walls, sides of cabinets, or even the ceiling. You can also hang your pots on a rack or your coffee mugs on hooks and free up an entire cabinet or two for other things. Just be sure to install your hanging storage using damage-free mounting tape or get permission from your Hillsborough County property manager to drill holes in the walls or ceiling.
Add Rolling Storage
Another way tenants maximize their small kitchen’s storage space is by adding a rolling island or storage cabinet. There are many gaps or corners in small kitchens that are under-utilized. By adding some standalone storage or counter space, you can store your things better. Rolling islands are especially great because they not only add storage and counter space, you also get more places to sit if you add a couple of stools. Narrow storage racks are also common now and they are designed to fit between a fridge and a wall or other tight spaces so you have more places for your kitchen essentials or pantry items.
For kitchens that have a lot of wall space but not so many cabinets, installing shelves is an inexpensive way to add more storage. Open shelves give your kitchen functionality and beauty in addition to giving you places to display glassware or keep small appliances away after use. Adding shelves is one of the projects that will probably require your landlord’s approval. Most leases also stipulate that any permanent installations, like shelves, have to be removed upon leaving and you may need to repair any damage left behind.
If your lease, like most leases, requires you to have the work done by a licensed professional, make sure you follow what your landlord requires. Or else, the cost of removal or repairs might be deducted from your security deposit upon move-out.
While all of these are great tips to maximize your kitchen space, you might need to look for a rental with bigger rooms if you still feel cramped. If you’re ready for a move, give Real Property Management Freedom a call. We have a wide range of rental home listings, possibly even one with your dream kitchen in it! View our listings online or reach us at 813-867-2667.
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