Kitchen Storage Ideas
Take the Time to Get Storage Right
If you’ve decided to renovate your kitchen, you owe it to yourself to carefully consider storage ideas. Aesthetics (how it looks) and functionality (how it works) are the two most important things to keep in mind. The amount of storage and its location within the kitchen will impact both.
If you have inadequate storage, your kitchen is likely to look cluttered—with items that may otherwise be stored out of sight needlessly taking up valuable counter space. There are dozens of storage ‘solutions’ available to you: some of which are little better than gimmicks. Imperial Kitchens specialises in practical storage solutions for kitchens, and only recommends quality products to our clients.
Start With the Perfect Panty
Almost all new kitchens include a dedicated pantry where most kitchen consumables are stored. So, a perfectly organised pantry is a logical starting point in the quest for maximising storage space and functionality in your new kitchen.
If you have the space, a butler’s pantry is a luxurious feature, providing a segregated area for storage of foodstuffs and appliances. The key distinction between a butler’s pantry and a ‘walk-in’ pantry is that a butler’s pantry includes a sink and power. This allows home owners to prepare food and clean-up in an area that is not visible from the main kitchen.
Similar to the butler’s pantry, this area should be capable of storing all the tinned and packaged foods you require in your kitchen. If the space is generous, bulky appliances can also be catered for. Therefore, this frees up bench space to give you more room for food preparation.
For those kitchens where a walk-in pantry isn’t feasible, a slide-out pantry may be the next best option. Modern wire-ware storage solutions help convert even narrow areas into very usable pantries. When not in use, these slide-out pantries simply slide back into their original position. They’re great at seamlessly blending into the surrounding cabinetry in your kitchen.
More Tips for Storage Space
The market offers units designed to keep bottles of spices in an orderly fashion in shallow drawers. An alternative is wire-ware that can be attached to the underside of shelves. The under-shelf option stores and displays your spices in an area that is often overlooked. Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll always find the spice you’re looking for with ease.
This often-neglected area can become the home for much of the clutter in a typical kitchen. You shouldn’t ignore this area as there’s usually enough space underneath the sink to install a useful drawer. Perhaps consider an internal, door-mounted container for sponges and scrubbers. This will free-up shelf space that these items often occupy.
While functional utensil trays are available, even free-standing containers for utensils represent a better option than simply throwing them randomly into a drawer. A suitable container will save wasting drawer space. And the right choice of container can complement the décor of your kitchen, as they’re available in a myriad styles and colours.
A relatively recent innovation, pot drawers are over-sized drawers that are deeper than normal drawers. They’re designed specifically to accommodate all of your pots and pans. For convenience, remember to locate pot drawers within easy reach of your cooktop and oven.
Empty areas under shelves are easily converted into usable storage for wine glasses. Unobtrusive wineglass racks look stylish and will keep your precious wineglasses out of harm’s way. So when your dinner guests arrive your wineglasses are clean, safe and easily accessible.
Cutting Board Racks
Rather than stacking cutting boards face-down on top of each other, you’ll save heaps of shelf space by installing wire-ware and stacking them vertically.
Under-bench Rubbish Bins
Apart from being unhygienic, there’s nothing more unsightly than rubbish bins in a kitchen. Modern design allows bins to slide out of sight, so that when the bins aren’t required they simply slide shut and blend in with you kitchen cabinets.
Utilising Useless Space
The key to utilising useless space in your kitchen is to identify it and convert it into practical storage solutions. You’d be surprised at the innovative storage solutions now available. When you’ve decided to go ahead with your kitchen renovation, we invite you to make an appointment to visit our showroom to see the latest trends in kitchen storage.
While you’re in our showroom ask about the latest ways to deal with the challenges of corner cabinets. These are notoriously wasted areas in a kitchen. We think you’ll be impressed with the latest wire-ware, specifically designed for these awkward spaces.
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