07 Apr Kitchen Storage Ideas
As the home of appliances, cookware and every specialty gadget under the sun, the kitchen is and always will be a perplexing place to organize. The never-ending accessories and endless food cans, boxes and bags easily fill up every nook and cranny, especially in a not-so-big kitchen.
Here are some creating innovative organization techniques to help solve their kitchen dilemmas, from storing pots and pans to organizing a messy walk-in pantry. See if one of them will inspire an idea for your own kitchen.
1. Custom pantry: More than any other storage solution, a perfectly organized walk-in pantry. “People love pantries because they house everything all in one place,” says storage designer Marie Newton, who designed this pantry. “You can see it all, so you don’t end up buying something you already have.”
2. Corner drawer: Ingenious corner drawers are a creative solution for awkward corners. The drawers run diagonally into the corner, which makes them deeper than most and therefore lets them pack a bigger storage punch.
3. Utensil drawer: A clever utensil built-in keeps serveware and silverware conveniently in check. If you want the look but can’t afford custom, take the DIY route by placing stainless steel pots in a deep, empty drawer.
4. Undersink drawer: The deep cabinet under the sink can seem like a bottomless pit. The drawer keeps cleaning supplies visible. DIY by purchasing and installing your own chrome sliding organizer.
5. Pullout trash can: It hides unattractive bins and frees up floor space, while the side nook can house trash bags and ties (or an air freshener).
6. Cookie sheet drawer: A Divided drawer is the solution for a range of muffin tins, broiler pans, cooling racks and cookie sheets. If you don’t have a drawer to spare, try a narrow pullout near the stove or add wood or metal dividers to the cabinet above your refrigerator.
7. Appliance garage: Just about all of us could use a clutter-free countertop, which is why appliance garages are popular. It keeps a blender, toaster and mixer nearby but out of sight.
8. Deep cabinet organizer: A pullout pantry organizer, paired with cabinet door racks, is a favorite. “Many of our clients don’t have room for a walk-in pantry,” says Rhoda Fry, CFO at Bill Fry Construction. “Having storage on the doors and inside keeps everything organized and within easy reach.”
9. Rolling cabinet or cart: Acting as both counter and storage, this accessible rolling cart is worth adding. It can work as a kitchen island, especially in a small space, or a bar cart when rolled into any room.
10. Spice drawer. A handy spice pullout and cabinet rack.
11. Kitchen mail station: It’s a great way to avoid that midweek paper pileup, and it conveniently lets someone supervise homework time while cooking dinner.
12. Dish drawer: A deep drawer, which keeps plates within reach for even the shortest members of the household.