Have you ever looked at that awkward space above your fridge and thought, “What on earth can I do with that?” You’re not alone. This often-overlooked nook in our kitchens tends to be a magnet for clutter or, worse, wasted space. But with a little creativity and some practical ideas, you can transform this area into a functional and stylish part of your kitchen. From clever storage solutions to decorative displays, there are numerous ways to utilise this space effectively. In this article, we’re going to explore ten innovative and practical ways to make the most out of that seemingly useless space above your refrigerator. Get ready to turn this underutilised area into one of the highlights of your kitchen!
Wine Bottle Storage
I’m not sure how you are supposed to get to the bottles at the very top but it looks nice and neat at least. The only thing I worry about with this idea is that I am pretty sure fans blow the warm air upwards and away from the fridge, meaning the wine might be kept warm.
With a push-to-open lift system, these amazing overhead cupboards are perfect for maximising kitchen space as well as making things neat and tidy in an otherwise messy space.
Why limit yourself to a closed storage area when you can have an open one instead? I especially love the chopping board storage area at the side as they are all easy to grab and neatly arranged, meaning you can easily grab the one you need at the time.
Creating some storage space above the fridge doesn’t have to be complicated to access. It can be a simple alcove that you can shove stuff into, like cookbooks, recipe cards and other things you might only need rarely.
One of the most common things people do with this otherwise needless space is to put some plants up top of their fridge. Plants that like warmer air will thrive in this space, but do take them down to water them rather than pouring it all over the top of the fridge.
Do you enjoy watching TV in the kitchen? Maybe you like to cook along with some of the cooking programs, or maybe you just enjoy watching TV as you cook. Having a small TV with a folding arm makes this the perfect use for this space if you enjoy the things I mentioned.
When you have a smaller, (cooler) style fridge one of the best things to put/store on top of that fridge is a microwave. As long as you can easily gain access to it, putting it here will save you countertop space as well as the convenience of getting your food out of the fridge and popping it into the microwave!
If you have a load of nerdy cookbooks and recipe cards you might want to use that top of fridge space to store them all. It looks neat, it’s easy to make and most of the time you will be able to find your favourite books by a simple glance.
you don’t have to settle for an open cabinet above the fridge; you can always place slats in that same space, making it perfect for all those flat things you might own. Cake racks, chopping boards, cooking trays, they can all easily go here.
OK, so this is not a real aquarium, but many people here in the UK do put their goldfish tanks above our smaller fridges. This is a simple display of glass fish with a cool LED light making it seem a little more alive.
And there you have it — ten ingenious ways to transform the awkward space above your fridge into something both functional and visually appealing. Whether you choose to use it for extra storage, a cosy plant nook, or an artistic display, the key is to make it work for you and your kitchen’s needs. Remember, every inch of your home has potential, and with a bit of creativity, even the most overlooked spaces can become your favorite spots. So, go ahead and give that lonely space above your refrigerator a new lease on life!
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