Storage is a fundamental feature of every kitchen design, and, no matter the size of your kitchen, you may find it difficult to store the essential kitchen gadgets and tools you acquire over the years. In this quick blog post, we are going to look at some kitchen storage options and tips to increase the efficiency of the most used space in your home!
Kitchen Storage Options
Storage in a kitchen can be a tricky matter, especially in smaller spaces, or if you recently had to downsize your home or kitchen area. Fortunately for homeowners, there are many different kitchen storage options available, and better yet, tips and ideas to help you keep your cooking and entertaining space clutter free.
For starters, consider this: your storage capacity might be fine the way it is. Your real issue could be excess kitchen accessories, utilities and appliances. Before beginning any renovation or installation of additional storage, you should go through all of the items in your kitchen and ask yourself: do I need this? When was the last time I used it? Are there other appliances that perform the same function?
If you still find yourself needing more storage space after whittling down your kitchen goods, you can then decide on what storage solutions are right for you. Keep in mind you will want to plan for what you currently have, and maybe a little extra, as your needs will likely grow as time passes.
One great, unique concept is the wall-mounted dish rack. This is perfect for opening up both counter space and cabinet space as well. Along the same lines, over the door storage racks are a great way to make use of the inside of pantry and cabinet doors.
If you have an exceptionally deep drawer with extra room, you can consider making use of a sliding insert, which basically turns one deep drawer into two shallower drawers. This is a great, innovative technique that doubles a drawers space on the cheap.
If you have a base corner cabinet that is just taking up space or is awkward to work with, try installing a Lazy Susan to organize the space and make the items you store in it easier to access – simply rotate the Lazy Susan to reach items in the back.
If you do not have a cabinet above your refrigerator – and there is room – you can install one or add shelving for additional space. While we wouldn’t recommend storing everyday items there, it is a great storage space for rarely used appliances.
Stemware holders that hang beneath kitchen cabinets are great for wine enthusiasts and free up space. Along the same lines, pot racks that hang above a kitchen island are a great addition too, and it makes grabbing pots and pans a lot simpler.
Kitchen islands make for a great storage solution all by themselves. Customizing your island to include drawers, cubbyholes, and even built-in wine racks provides so much more room, and will even add counter/dining space if you choose the right model. For small kitchens, you can opt to use a rolling kitchen island – simply wheel it in and out of the room as needed.
Storing rarely used kitchen appliances – like that once a year turkey-fryer or old Crockpot you only pull out for special occasions – in an attic or garage is also a popular space saving technique many savvy homeowners employ.
Finally, if none of these ideas open up your space enough, or you think a kitchen renovation or kitchen remodel is what you really need, call up a local home remodeler, such as Tracy Tesmer, to discuss your kitchen storage options.