The space in your kitchen, regardless of how big or small it is, ultimately needs to be useable. When you think about how much you move about in your kitchen, how many cupboards you need to open and how many items you need to pull out, you want to make sure that it’s all easily accessible. Typically, this is the kind of issue encountered by people with small kitchens, where every inch of space is crucial, but large kitchen spaces also need to consider clever storage solutions to prevent clutter and mess from dominating.
Here at KNB, we understand that no matter what size kitchen you have, each space benefits from well-considered design and clever storage capabilities. That’s why we have an extensive range of kitchen designs, from traditional to modern to bespoke, to ensure that you find something that works for you.
We’ve put together our top recommendations for kitchen storage, and how to incorporate them into your kitchen at home…
You may think “What am I supposed to put in that?” But skinny, or slimline, cupboards can really add some valuable extra storage space without taking up much room. Plus, you’ll be really surprised what you can actually fit in there! It’s the perfect place to put jars of spices, which often get lost at the back of cupboards or clutter up work surfaces. Tall bottles of condiments, cooking oils and even pots of fresh garlic and herbs all work well in these cupboards.
Pull-out Drawer under Sink
Most of us store bottles of cleaning fluids, sponges and bin bags under our sinks, but often accessing them can be a bit difficult. Especially when the cupboard under the sink is dark and things easily get lost at the back. By installing a drawer that can be pulled out, you can easily reach all of those essential items without having to get on your hands and knees and use a torch!
We’ve all seen a cutlery organiser before – it sits in a drawer and divides out your knives, forks and spoons. A utensil organiser does the same job, except it allows you stand up all of your utensils inside a deep drawer, whilst keeping them neat and tidy at the same time. Not only does this make them convenient and accessible but it also frees up a lot of space on work surfaces where utensils are commonly stored.
Particularly in small kitchens, putting up too many cupboards on the walls can make the space feel cramped and tight. By using floating shelves to store cups, mugs, bottles and recipe books, you’re got an easily accessible space which keeps these items out of the way of your work surfaces.
Racks inside Cupboard Doors
Just like in the door of your fridge, where you might keep your milk, eggs and butter, why not apply a similar thing to the inside of a cupboard door? If you have a tall cupboard then you can easily add in some strategically placed racking which will allow you to store any dry good neatly and save space on shelves inside the cupboard itself.
If you have a deep corner cupboard, initially this looks like the ideal place to stack all of your heavy kitchen items such as saucepans and roasting dishes. However, getting them out to use can be a challenge. Whilst you’re trying to make the most of your space, putting things right at the back may not be the best solution. Instead, fit a carousel rack inside the corner cupboard. This will enable you access to all of your kitchen wear without stretching right to the back.
There are plenty more ideas for how to make the most of your kitchen space, so you never need to feel like it’s impossible to find a solution to your storage needs.
For more information on what KNB can do for your kitchen, feel free to contact us and book a free design and quotation with one on our experts.