Whether you are doing a professional remodel or just looking to get more space and functionality out of your kitchen, or a Do-It-Yourselfer, we have lined up some great ideas to help with both. Maximize your storage space and find helpful gadgets to make the most of your kitchen space. One of the most important things in a kitchen is functionality and space. Whether it’s a small kitchen or a large one, these ideas can be utilized in every size and shape! From cabinet layouts, to utilizing the wall for storage, we have listed several ideas to help you along.
Pull-outs can greatly increase usable space in cabinets. How many time have you lost spices, or a can of beans in the back of the cabinet black hole! Instead of digging through piles of items trying to find something towards the back, add a cabinet pull out. This maximizes your space with a multi-level cabinet and easy organization. Any cabinet in your kitchen can be converted to a pull-out, however they are more functional if you have deeper cabinets opposed to shallow ones. These can be utilized for a spice rack, pantry items, drink storage, and much more!
Another way to increase organization is adding dividers in your cabinets for tall and thin items like cutting boards, baking pans, cooling racks, and even lids. If you have tall cabinets you can have full length dividers and stand up the taller items on end, or for shorter cabinets you can add the shorter half-dividers and use them as lean-to’s. Dividers can be permanently built into the cabinets, or can be removable wire or metal inserts. If you are having your kitchen remodeled, the permanent dividers are the way to go. If you are just looking to maximize space and functionality yourself, then the removable dividers are the way to go and be purchased at many retail stores including, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes.
These are handy little spaces that are located in front of the sink and above the cabinet doors. It offers a nice space to store sponges, soap bars and any other smaller items you would normally find in or around the sink area. Keeps the sink area clutter free, but allows quick and convenient access to the things you use on a daily basis. Although these are generally located in front of the sink, they can also be utilized in other areas of the kitchen.
Corner Cabinet Storage:
We all know the dreaded corner cabinet dead space. They are nice large areas, but trying to reach items pushed way in the back is a daunting task, not to mention everything in front of it that you have to pull out, then put back again! But alas, there is a solution to this! Make that space functional and frustration free with some handy cabinet gadgets.
Half Lazy susan shelves, these are like the lazy susan shelves we are all familiar with but with a twist, they are cut in half and swing in and around the corner of the cabinet utilizing that deep space and making access to the items in there a breeze!
Magic corner is a handy 2-tier shelf that is on hinges, and as you pull on the handle to pull out the front shelves, it in turn is attached to a second section of 2-tier shelving and pulls those out as well. Once again, utilizing the space in those corner cabinets, and making the items easily accessible.
Vertical Wall Storage:
Utilize that wall space! Get creative and find ways to use the open wall space in your kitchen, install extra shelving for spices, or to get counter top appliances off the counter top. Use towel bars with small bins to hang utensils or hooks for pots and pans. Drill holes in wood cutting boards and hang them on the wall or the side of a cabinet with hooks or knobs for easy access. Use a magnetic metal strip to stick knives too and open up that drawer space.
Islands can add quite a bit of useable space to a kitchen. This could be a permanent/stationary island or even a small or large rolling butcher block with cabinets that can be utilized as an island. Islands add counter space, storage space, and can double as a breakfast nook or seating area for extra seating in certain kitchens. If you have a built-in island you can add a microwave, oven, dishwasher, stove top or even a wine cooler! Islands can be utilized to open up other cabinet space, or just for convenience of location for certain items or appliances.