We all dream of an incredibly spacious kitchen with tons of storage space to spare. The more space there is, the easier it is to keep the kitchen clean and organized. Your kitchen doesn’t, however, need to be big for you to enjoy these benefits and more. All you need is a little creativity to take full advantage of the available space and storage and still have plenty of floor space. Here are a few storage options you can use for the under-utilised space in the kitchen. When you are ready to design and remodel your existing kitchen you can incorporate some or all of these ideas.
1. Install Sliding Shelves
Commonly known as rolling shelves, sliding shelves help provide additional functional storage space for commonly used and hard-to-store items, including cans of food and flat pans. Installing sliding shelves also improves the functionality of your kitchen too. It also eliminates the need to bend over or reach high above for items in the kitchen. You can thus have the shelves installed next to the hob or under the sink for easy access.
2. Make Use of The Vertical Space (vertical cabinets and shelves)
The four/three walls of the kitchen make enough real estate for various storage options. Vertical shelves, for example, provide a perfect storage option for baking sheets, pans, cutting boards, and pots, among other items. You can also have a vertical shelf custom-designed for your microwave. You can also use the vertical shelves and cabinets to store dry food materials as well.
3. Add Kitchen Baskets on Top of The Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets provide lots of storage space that one can use for various purposes. While these come in handy for your private recipes, plates, bowls, and cutlery, the top of the cabinets can serve as a storage option as well. All you need is some carefully designed and practical baskets or open boxes that can fit in the usable space. You can use the storage baskets and boxes to store spare cookbooks, kitchen rolls, chocolate supplies, and even soft drinks. Be sure to invest in storage boxes and baskets that complement the overall theme of the kitchen.
4. Install an Over-The-Sink Drying Rack
An over-the-sink drying rack is an excellent option, especially if you don’t have a dishwasher/dryer installed in the kitchen. The drying rack doubles as a storage option since you can still store the utensils there temporarily as they dry. Consider investing in a stainless steel over-the-sink drying rack, and especially those that come with compartments for knives, bowls, dishes, chopping boards, and even washing detergent.
5. Install Under-Sink Cabinets
While most people prefer leaving the space under their sinks clear, it doesn’t mean the space is unusable. You can have a cabinet installed directly under it and flash with the other cabinets and sink as well. The cabinet can make a great storage option for soft drinks and other utensils as well. You could even have the dishwasher installed under the sink if running low on kitchen real-estate.
6. Install Hanging Corner-Shelves
The space at each corner of the kitchen can be transformed into storage space as well. A good carpenter should be able to install functional and even heavy-duty hanging shelves to diversify your storage options. Corner shelves are particularly useful in smaller kitchens with very limited space. You can use these shelves to store anything from your bottle of spices, dry ingredients, and even plates/bowls, among other items. Be sure to add LED lighting over the same to help keep the shelves and space illuminated.
7. Hang A Pegboard
A pegboard can help provide additional flexible storage for your pans, pots, canisters, and even kitchen towels. A pegboard, unlike fixed shelves, isn’t limiting. It can accommodate anything from your largest pans to hand towels with ease. You can also have the board customised to fit your specific needs and kitchen theme as well. Consider adding a magnetic knife holder on the pegboard to make it even more appealing and functional too.
There are numerous other ways to turn your seemingly small kitchen space into a fully functional and spacious one. A simple kitchen renovation might make your dream come true. The tips and tricks outlined above should help you get started and steer you the right way. It would also be advisable to hire a certified contractor like Screens N More to help with the renovations too.
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