7 Kitchens with seriously clever hideaway counter space

Oct 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. ET
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One of the most frequent complaints people have about their kitchens is about counter space. Not having enough of it, it accumulates clutter — pick your poison. But today's sneaky breed of hideaway counter space could very well be the solution to those concerns.

This nook is like the Inspector Gadget of hideaway countertops — it has all these appendages that extend and slide and, ultimately, keep appliances out of sight.

Ooh la la! No if, ands or buts about it, this sleek kitchen is trés chic. Here, countertops are tucked discreetly behind a wall of tall cabinets.

When it comes to hideaway counter space, this Singapore kitchen takes the cake. Three separate "garages" covered by hi-gloss panels? We just died and went to culinary heaven.

In this kitchen, the hidden counter space comes with a full pantry — almost earning it the title of a total hidden kitchen.

We couldn't love this idea more if we tried. Not enough room in your kitchen for a separate recessed nook? Take advantage of cabinet space to incorporate pull-out countertops and cutting boards.

Another take on pull-out countertops, this kitchen boasts an entire pull-out collection of drawers. The marble top adds invaluable extra counter space, while the drawers underneath are ideal for storage.

When the owners of this home gutted their original kitchen, designer Susan Brook smartly made the most of every single inch of space — including adding a custom pop-up counter to hold the family's heavy KitchenAid mixer.

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