The modern kitchen is a space that requires precision planning in terms of ergonomics and aesthetics. There are more than enough ways in which you can expand your kitchen storage options and tackle clutter.
Floating shelves and glass-door cabinets offer more transparency and create light, cheerful atmosphere; while streamlined kitchen cabinets and island units’ place functionality and convenience ahead of aesthetics.
We’ve gathered kitchen storage ideas that will help you make the most of your space. Consider these smart solutions and functional add-ons to corral clutter and make your space more efficient and less chaotic.
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Design a streamlined kitchen
With living spaces getting smaller and storage getting smarter, concealed kitchens have become a huge interior trend for 2019 and beyond. Clean, minimalist kitchen design is getting increasingly popular as it is seen to improve the functionality and aesthetics of a space.
More importantly, the design is both timeless and unobtrusive. They are designed to function well and look attractive; hence streamlined kitchens are often referred to as “purpose built” spaces — they provide just enough hidden storage to tuck away items that once cluttered worktops.
Everything from small countertop appliances to tea and coffee stations — can now disappear into drawers and pull-outs behind smart door fronts and uninterrupted surfaces so that they do not dominate the room.
Got the space? Add a pantry
In many homes the pantry is an afterthought; and yet it can be a thing of beauty that gives you a ton of storage space with the right combination of shelves, drawers and space-savvy units. If you have got the space, factor in a separate room in your kitchen remodel for a larder that allows for optimal storage and infinite shelf capacity to hold all your culinary goods.
No room for dedicated walk-in pantry? Fret not… a pantry need not always be a space in itself. The kitchen design of today understands that the modern homeowner and gourmand moves and cooks with the times — for this reason, there are loads of freestanding pantries that are both functional and stylish; and can easily be integrated into your existing kitchen interior by using similar cabinet door designs and finishes.
Zone your workspaces and kitchen storage
Make your life easier by planning out your kitchen for maximum efficiency. Where practicality is priority, it can be a great idea to divide your kitchen into several efficient work zones, and ensure that everything is stored within easy reach. This creates a smooth workflow as the kitchen is arranged in a way that it will be easy to navigate.
To wrap your head around the idea of effective organization, keep the distance between your work stations and storage as short as possible. For instance, there should be enough space for pots and pans in the base cabinets near your cooktop — and dishwashing products near the sink ensures that they are within easy reach.
By designing with specific intent and mindful use of storage, you’ll be set for maximum efficiency in your kitchen.
Make use of awkward nooks and crannies
If your space is on the small side, this kitchen storage idea could be a real life-saver. Extra features such as portable shelves will help keep your worktops clear. In narrow cooking quarters, every inch counts!
Consider adding narrow cupboards with pull-out shelves into the corners or on short walls of your kitchen, where you can stack your cooking essentials. Skinny pull-out storage for trays and cutting boards make accessing these items a breeze. They can be fitted in otherwise unused areas, such as the gap between the refrigerator and a full height cabinet, the space surrounding the sink or snugly between a worktop and wall-hung cupboards.
Have open shelves made to fit
Make use of empty wall surfaces with bespoke shelves for a true design statement while hiding away everyday mess, too. Plus, with a bespoke design, it’s easy to coordinate it to the existing kitchen scheme with interesting details or a uniform design that blends into the background.
Open kitchen shelves are essentially an organized decorators fantasy, and a brilliant way to create a feeling of light and space by breaking up walls of cupboards. This is a trend that is catching on in most contemporary kitchens, and brings a completely new dimension of flexibility to open plan living. Provide just enough display surface to curate those stylish crockery, utensils and ceramics!
Get in with kitchen island storage
What’s not to love about a kitchen island? Aside from being a visual anchor in the room, a kitchen island is a multifunctional element that serves as a stylish and practical storage piece. With emerging design trends, we continue to see more customized built-in features that unravels an entirely new world of possibilities.
From wine storage trays to pull-out cabinets and open display features; new designs bring a refreshing new look to the classic island.
You don’t even need to have one built in; there are loads of free standing options out there that will fit seamlessly into your current space and cater to your day-to-day needs. Endless design options provide a diverse range of styles, forms and finishes.
Carve out shelving for recipe books
Kitchen cabinets tend to come in standard sizes (unless you go bespoke), meaning you might have a little extra unused space at the end of the run of cupboards. If this is the case, a slim bookshelf is the perfect kitchen storage idea as it will maximize the space and keep your favorite recipes within easy reach.
Consider trash and recycling bin holders
Built-in trash holders are easily designed to fit underneath a lone kitchen cabinet, in lieu of freestanding bins that take up floor space. Beyond their compact nature, many homeowners prefer these as they help keep odors at a minimum — they’re closed off in a cabinet (usually where the sink or island is situated), and the bin sizes are often so small that they need to be emptied before the trash can get old enough to emit a rotten odor. The results? A well organized and aesthetically pleasing kitchen space!