Create space on your kitchen counter with this clever trick

Not everyone lives in a mansion or at least a big house with incredible kitchen counter top space. For those
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Create space on your kitchen counter with this clever trick.

Not everyone lives in a mansion or at least a big house with incredible kitchen counter top space. For those with limited space, you’ll know how annoying it can get when the dish you’re cooking takes a lot of preparation. And preparation means a lot of space usage. Let’s not forget how much space baking takes! But fret not, if you run out of counter space while cooking, you can quickly add a little space by doing this – take a cutting board, pull open a kitchen drawer, and put the cutting board on top of the drawer. According to Lifehacker, it’s not perfect and it comes with some caveats, but if you’re in a pinch and need somewhere to set down a bowl or plate while you grab something else, it gives you a little more space.

Put a cutting board on your drawer for extra counter space. Photo via Pinterest.
Put a cutting board on your drawer for extra counter space. Photo via Pinterest.

This video by Chow shows you how it works, and rightfully suggests you stabilise the cutting board with a dish or kitchen towel so it doesn’t move around too much. You can even use one of those anti-slip mats for extra holding power. We wouldn’t suggest using the space for cutting or slicing since it’ll definitely be lower than the countertop. If you have a galley or small kitchen, it’ll be tough to slide around if you need to get to the other side, but extra space is extra space, especially when you need it or have a tiny kitchen.

Another way is to put a big chopping board over the sink or even stove (if you are not using them) so you can have more space to store stuff while you use the actual counter space to do things that need stability like chopping, dicing and mixing.

Have you tried this trick before?

  1. sue robertson  

    always put board on stove top as dont use it – its just a continuation of bench space

  2. June Cross  

    I use my ironing board (with a cloth cover) as extra serving space.
    Also great for stacking stuff on when cleaning cupboards, fridge etc.

    • Lynne  

      With my luck, the ironing board would collapse!!

  3. Maureen  

    Bits of vegies would end up in the drawer!

  4. I can’t see the point of taking up draw space for a chopping board.

  5. Barbara Strotten  

    In reply to K, its not taking up drawer space and its not a permanent thing, it is an idea I use myself, I only have a kitchette, so its very very tiny, but I pull out my drawer that is full of cutlery etc, and put my chopping board on top of the drawer, it is extra bench space for that moment, I might not chop on it I may still use my bench and put some of my other things on top of the board that is on top of the drawer, when the job is finished I take the board away and close the drawer, I also use a board over my kitchen sink, when it is needed. It is just an idea to utilise your space that is available, it is called thinking outside of the box.!

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