One of the many tricks up Butler’s sleeve is using drawers
in the lower cabinets, instead of shelves. She recommends
a deep counter-depth drawer that can hold the juicer
and toaster. “This way, you can lift out your coffee maker
rather than digging into the back of the shelf. The reason
most people generally end up leaving small appliances
out on the counter is because it is a pain to get at them
once they have been stored. Drawers solve this.”
Bottom Left: A kitchen on East 47th Street had a similar chase built
into the wall. Butler put a shallow spice cabinet there.
Butler said she believes “typically up to 50 percent of
cabinet space is used poorly in small and large kitchens.”
Another favorite way to make small spaces look big is to
use custom cabinets everywhere. In a small apartment on
East 47th Street, a section of the kitchen wall jutted out,
encasing an interior pipe. Instead of putting cabinets on
either side, Butler placed a shallow-depth spice cabinet
over the protruding section that blended in with the cabinets on either side.
In that same apartment, she used paneling that matched
the cabinets on the refrigerator and dishwasher as well to
create a seamless appearance that unified the space and
made it look bigger, Butler said.
One gadget that’s often found in small kitchens that is
on Butler’s banned list is a Lazy Susan. “They just collect
clutter and things fall over.”
Wine aficionados may disagree with her next recommendation: “The cabinet over the fridge is usually the land of
nowhere. Put something useful in it and use it.” And for
most folks, that go-to item is wine and booze, she said.
Because the alcohol is in a cabinet elevated above the
fridge, rather than directly on top of the fridge, the alcohol 10