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When I invited my mother to come and live with my family, we had to make some changes to accommodate her. The changes that needed to be made were all within reason and were all required so that she could get around with her walker and eventually a wheelchair if need be. I hired a remodeling contractor to assist us with making the changes. I learned a lot while discussing what needed to be done and what it would take to get it complete. I created this blog with the hopes of helping other families that are considering making the same changes in their homes.

4 Projects To Use Empty Space Along Kitchen Walls

As a homeowner and a person passionate about cooking, you may find that your kitchen is adequate for homemade cooking. But you might notice ample empty space along the walls, which you could use for additional features and functionality. Hiring a kitchen remodeling service can solve this issue because you can plan several projects that use space and provide benefits.

Breakfast Nook

A useful feature to bring to your kitchen is a breakfast nook, especially if you do not have other dedicated seating options. For instance, the room's layout might not be suitable for an island, where homeowners often get permanent seating solutions inside their kitchens.

While some nooks are added to room corners, you can put one on any empty wall space. A smart move is to figure out how large of a nook you need to accommodate your family. Then you can look at all the empty wall spaces to determine which ones are large enough. The following steps involve planning out the specific details and features of the breakfast nook.

At the same time that you build the nook, you might want to install new windows next to them to give your family natural lighting and a view to enjoy.


Appliances can take up ample space on kitchen walls. An easy solution is to upgrade your refrigerator to a larger model that provides greater storage capacity. Another option is to invest in brand-new appliances, such as a dishwasher, double oven, or wine cooler. To maximize functionality, you can combine a double oven with expanding the cabinetry and countertop.


Expanding the cabinet setup in your kitchen is almost always beneficial. This addition is worth prioritizing when you feel limited in storage space. For instance, you might hesitate to pick up ingredients, non-perishables, tools, or small appliances due to a lack of storage. You can expand on existing cabinets with the same design or pick a floor-to-ceiling setup along an empty wall.


An exciting option to take storage even further is creating a pantry. While a standard pantry will function similarly to cabinets, you can add a walk-in version for a flexible storage solution. This feature requires an empty wall and kitchen space to turn into a compact room essentially. But the final result is gaining a 360-degree storage setup customized to meet your family's needs.

Use all the wall space in your kitchen with these helpful kitchen remodeling projects.