Most of us could use more counter space, and a simple folding bracket from the hardware store could be the solution to your storage woes. Install one and you can add working space when you want it, and then fold it away when you don't.
You can find these kinds of brackets at your local hardware store. You can mount a piece of wood (or even a large cutting board) so that you can have extra space when you need it. The best part is that since the bracket allows you to fold the counter away, you can put it in an area where people may need to walk at other times -- this will really make the most of your kitchen layout.
Unfortunately, this solution may not work if you live in a rental property, since the modifications might be too much, but it's worth a shot if you can convince your landlord to let you do it. For more features that impact the space in your home, check out the full post linked below.
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