The kitchen is perhaps the hardest-working room of the house, with lots of movement, action, and items to pack away. Whether you have a large open-concept or a tiny galley, storage can be a real challenge. With Spring cleaning in full swing, consider adding these storage solutions to your existing space or remodel design.
Finding space for large pots and pans has always been a challenge in the kitchen, but in the last several years, cabinet companies have expanded drawer dimensions to accommodate cook wear. Trade in crowded corner cabinets for island or under-the-range, easy-access drawers.
Try a spice rack drawer insert like this one from Rev-a-Shelf to keep seasonings close at hand. Many cabinet companies also include this as an add-on to a kitchen order.
The toe kick is traditionally a simple molding to finish a run of cabinets. That is, until now. Make use of this dead space by adding toe-touch drawers for extra storage. Whether in a kitchen, family room, or bath, the possibilities are endless for this nifty add-on.
Keep baking sheets and cutting boards organized and out of the way with a tray divider drawer like this one from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.
Hard Working Pantries
Go ahead and make that trip to Costco. With these upgraded pantry storage options, every square inch of space is maximized for ease of use and clear vision of what’s in stock. These can be included in a kitchen cabinet renovation, or retro-fitted with after-market inserts like those offered at Rev-a-Shelf or Kitchen Source.
If space allows, a kitchen island is great for an added counter work space or dining area. However, what lies under the counter can be equally valuable to a well-functioning kitchen. Drawers, wine storage, appliance storage like microwaves, and even electrical outlets for charging electronics can be included in an island, freeing up space elsewhere in the kitchen and minimizing clutter.
As an alternative to wall-to-wall cabinets, installing open shelves on one wall or unused corners of a kitchen offers extra space to display beautiful dishware, cookbooks, or accents while keeping the room open and light.
Some components of a kitchen need to be easy to get to, but are best unseen, like trash/recycle bins or infrequently used appliances. Try hiding refuse behind a cabinet next to the sink or in an island.
Add a cabinet door to a counter to hide the blender, toaster, etc. to achieve a sleek look, free of clutter.
Especially in small kitchens where counter space is limited, installing an under counter cart on casters can greatly increase space and function in a working kitchen. Choose a wood block top for a cutting board, or a remnant of the kitchen counters for a seamless extension of your kitchen design. However you sport it, this tiny workhorse is a must-have.
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