No matter how many drawers and cupboards you have in the kitchen, chances are they’re not enough to store the large amounts of kitchen equipment and utensils you’ve collected over the years. Below, we’ve collected some of our favorite ideas for managing kitchen storage, making better use of the space you have and ensuring the things you need are easy to find.
1. Think Vertically
It’s time to add another dimension to your kitchen storage by making use of vertical space. In the kitchen above, large chopping boards have their own vertical storage slots, freeing up much-needed worktop space.
Storing these boards vertically also makes better use of the space than if this small nook had been used for shelves — which would have been awkward when rummaging around for the right can or bag of pasta.
2. Hang Supplies on the Inside of Cupboards
Bin bags are difficult to store – they tend to unroll in the cupboard under the sink, making a mess and getting tangled up in your other cleaning products. Not only has hanging these bags from the wall of the cupboard freed up space on the shelf below, it’s made the space neater and much easier to manage.
3. Use Drawer Dividers
Chances are, you already have drawer dividers in your cutlery drawer, but why not expand these for use in other drawers used to store other equipment and utensils? For example, sectioning off parts of your drawers can be an easy way to organize bags of rice, pasta, cans of food, spices, and more!
4. Enlist the Power of Magnets
One of the major downsides of using knife blocks is the amount of counter space they take up. You may think the only alternative is to have them loose inside a drawer, but there is a safer option — using a magnetic strip!
Head to Man Made DIY to learn how to build this magnetic knife strip, allowing you to hang your knives on the kitchen wall, taking up precisely zero space on your counter or in your cupboard.
5. Hang Awkwardly Shaped Utensils
Utensils such as these can be hard to store due to their awkward shapes. Adding hooks to the back, side, or door of your kitchen cabinets is a great way make them easy to find when you need them, as well as clearing shelf space for more stackable equipment and utensils.
7. Use Ceiling Space
Who would have thought that you could use the ceiling as storage space? This hanging shelf is an ideal way to store pots and pans without taking up cupboard space, and can even be used to hang pots and pans from – just watch your head! On top of that, this hanging storage unit can really make a focal point for the room, making your kitchen unique!
8. Store Appliances in a Drawer
If your counter space is at a premium, but you still need easy access to your appliances, why not try mounting it on a drawer, like this toaster. Just remember to turn it off when it’s stowed away!
9. Give Lids Their Own Hidden Drawer
This kitchen makes use of a slim drawer on top of the main pots and pan drawer to store lids, avoiding the hassle of having to sort through them to find the right lid. What’s more, the additional drawer appears hidden when closed, resulting in a neat look to the kitchen!
10. Install a Pull-Down Cupboard
These pull-down cupboards make it so easy to find what you’re after, making efficient use of space that would otherwise have gone to waste – ideal for smaller kitchens where you need every inch of space possible!
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