Who doesn’t want to take the kitchen storage space to the max? It might sound a bit far stretched but it is often the lack of sufficient storage room that drives people to kitchen makeovers. Naturally, when you come to realize that there’s no place to put kitchen accessories and pots, the kitchen cabinets are already worn, the faucet drips, the floor got its share of stains.
And if you are planning a kitchen renovation, it’s good to make the best out of it so that you will gain the most storage space possible. Let’s face it. Unless your kitchen has the size of a stadium, you will always run out of space.
A few ideas to make the kitchen storage space work?
• Pull the word chaos out of your dictionary. Good organization is the A and Z of more storage space.
• Take advantage of every inch in the kitchen. Every inch is valuable. Use the height, the walls, the cabinets, fixed windows, the door (if there’s one), steal a little bit of space from the dining room.
• Categorize. Don’t keep knives in four different drawers. Put things per category and well-organized. This will save you space and make your life easier.
• Stack items of the same utility – plates, glasses, or bowls, for example.
• When it’s time for your kitchen remodeling and you are asked about storage, be smart about it. Think of the things you usually use, their size, how often you use what. Don’t take valuable space in an easy-to-reach cabinet with pots you use once a year. And don’t leave too much space between shelves in the cabinets if you plan to store short items. But if you do, use the height to stack transparent boxes with items. That’s an idea!
The best kitchen storage ideas?
Vertical kitchen storage ideas
Tell your kitchen renovation contractor to take advantage of the room’s height. Don’t be afraid to let the cabinets or any furniture reach and touch the ceiling. You can store things you rarely use up high and create lots of space.
Pull out pantries
Pantries can be wide or narrow, tall or long and despite their size, they can host lots and lots of stuff. Integrate them in the kitchen installation.
Shelves, shelves, shelves
Shelves can untie your hands. You can put them nearly anywhere around the kitchen and use them to both display items you love and accessories you use daily.
Backsplash used as a cabinet
Backsplashes cover the wall to protect it from splashes. Time to change the norm! Whether you have lots of space or not, you can use it to place a narrow cabinetry where you can organize your spices or place some mugs.
Under the counter cabinets organization
Separate the items you want to put in the cabinets under the counter into categories to keep similar things together. Put small pots into larger ones. Think of the shelves height to avoid wasting space. Add cabinet lights to be able to find them with ease.
Hidden compartments in front of the sink
There’s often some dead space right in front of the sink, even if there’s a cabinet underneath. You can use this small space to create a hidden compartment that will open toward you. Use it to keep sponges, for example.
Hooks and pot racks
Hooks and pot racks are extremely convenient. You can hang nearly everything – from utensils and pots to mugs and garlic.
Slim items on cabinet sides and the back of doors
You can hang pot lid organizers/hooks, towels, a magnetic knife holder – slim things, on the inner side of the door of the cabinets under the counter, while some may find their place behind the door. Use the cabinet sides to hang stuff too.
Make your life easy by getting a portable trolley. Here you have two choices. You can get a trolley that can serve as a kitchen island too or you can get something like a narrow and tall bookcase with wheels. In both cases, you will gain lots of storage space and a furniture that you can push and pull based on your convenience. Cool, isn’t it?