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How To Build Burner Covers and Double the Counter Space in Your Tiny Kitchen

How To Build Burner Covers and Double the Counter Space in Your Tiny Kitchen

Our kitchen is far from large. There is only enough counter space for one person; the stove and refrigerator can’t be opened at the same time; and we’ve grown accustomed to running into each other as we rush to finish a project or perform time-sensitive cooking tasks.

When pressed for space, we already use the stovetop as an impromptu counter. It seemed only natural to convert this space into something usable. If you have a tiny kitchen and covet just a little more counter space, then come along with us as we show you how we created our cozy burner covers.

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(Image credit: Corelyn Coates & Jennie Palluzzi)

I’ve seen burner covers in other people’s homes (presumably to keep people from burning themselves and also to keep their stoves looking pretty), but I knew that I wanted to make them for our stove — and make them functional.So I enlisted our GMS engineers, Jeff and Corelyn, to build a raised cutting board that can be left on the stove (either two burners or all four) as a surface to prep recipes, chop vegetables, set up a photograph for the blog, or just to cover the always-hot burners (because of the pilot lights on our stove.)

You can do something similiar in your kitchen, even if it is a decent size, to give yourself a little more room to work. Or if you’re in a tiny kitchen like me, this might double your workspace and even allow you some room for a sous chef – something that everyone can appreciate!

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    Measure the height of the stove burners themselves, and add a little headroom, to judge how long to cut your dowels. We want the boards to sit well above the burners, so we measured the dowels into 1 1/2-inch tall pieces. This means that the cutting board will clear the top of the burner. Saw the dowel into cutting board legs, and then sand down each leg to be the same height to ensure that your cutting boards will be level. (Image credit:
    Corelyn Coates & Jennie Palluzzi
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