Do you know anyone with enough kitchen storage? Neither do we. Whether you’re an aspiring Michelin Star chef, or if you’re just trying to reheat yesterday’s take out, increased kitchen space is essential. Before the craziness of the holidays gets underway, consider rearranging your kitchen. It’ll make entertaining your in-laws a tad less daunting. Follow our kitchen storage guide for a space that will be peaceful and serene, until you get cookin’.
Maximizing your vertical space is a great way to get stuff off your counter. Install a railing, like this one, and hang up salt, pepper, or any other essentials that you use on a daily basis.
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Corner space is often underutilized in the kitchen, but can be a valuable storage solution, if you know how to use it. And if you’re looking for something a bit sleeker than a lazy Susan, consider installing corner drawers.
One of the easiest ways to create extra space in your kitchen is to think vertically. If you’ve got some extra wall space, consider installing some open shelves. Far from being a junk drawer, vertical shelves can double as wall decoration if you’re got some sleek dinnerware, or fancy storage jars.
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Hanging Wine Rack
If you want your guests to gawk at the rare bottle of Bordeaux that you won’t be serving tonight, install a hanging wine rack, so you can keep your prized bottles at eye level. Just make sure that the spare bottle of two-buck chuck isn’t displayed at the top.
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Tilting Sink Drawer
Maximizing space in your kitchen is all about making use of every nook and cranny. Consider a tilt-out sink drawer if you’re having a hard time finding a place to store dish soap and sponges.
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For a vertical wall-storage solution that has a slim profile, consider installing a pegboard for hanging up pots, pans, cutting boards, and spatulas. Peg boards are customizable, and can be easily rearranged, so that you can tweak your arrangement until you’ve found the perfect placement for all your kitchen essentials.
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Magnetic Knife Bar
This one is a sleek no-brainer. A magnetic knife bar is a simple way to get rid of that wood knife block, and is particularly useful if you’re frequently slicing and dicing.
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Above and Beyond
Your kitchen storage solutions should stress functionality over everything else, so make sure that items used on a daily basis are within close reach. But every kitchen has those few items—a crockpot, a deep frier—that only get used once, or maybe twice a year. For those appliances you want to keep, but rarely use, consider storing them in the space above your cabinets.
And if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, check out the wooden crates that we used in the kitchen of our rustic modern Hoboken redesign.