One can never have enough kitchen storage. No matter how big your kitchen is, you’ll always need new storage ideas to de-clutter the utensil-riddled space. Even though we just came up with the ultimate kitchen storage guide a month ago, many of you already asked for more—especially after the holidays.
Fortunately, there seems no end to new kitchen storage solutions. Below are six of the latest trends in kitchen storage that will surely make your life more organized and start the year off right.
1. Fill those tricky places with slender pullouts
Everyone knows how to use pullout shelving for kitchen storage, but few know how to make the best use of it. In fact, installing pullout shelving inside each kitchen cabinet is basic knowledge. An acumen homeowner should have the ability to fill any awkward gap in his/her kitchen with a pullout organizer.
If you read our small kitchen story, this idea might not surprise you, as we always recommend installing a slender pullout pantry in the space between the refrigerator and the retaining wall. However, here are a few new tweaks to try.
Consider sealing the gap between your range and counters by tucking a slender pullout with a towel rack. This way, you can keep your mismatched linens within reach but out of sight. A custom cutlery pullout is also a clever use of any skinny space between two appliances. The best part yet, compared to a countertop knife block, the pullout drawer design is less likely to get dirty.
2. Create a pet-friendly kitchen with a toe-kick drawer
More and more homeowners treat their pets just like family. Therefore, when it comes to kitchen remodeling, most will take pet gear storage into consideration.
Nonetheless, your kitchen space is valuable. Adding a pet feeding station sounds like a crazy idea when your kitchen can’t even make room for more food and appliances. Well, try inserting a pet food drawer into the underused toe-kick of a cabinet, so you don’t have to worry that it will eat up your precious square footage. Most importantly, you can hide it away when it’s not in use to keep your kitchen clutter-free.
3. Make the most of your kitchen corners
Before you say that your kitchen has no more storage space, take a second look at it. Chances are that there is a lot of wasted space in the corner of your kitchen. To make the most of those dead corners, hire a kitchen designer to build custom corner cabinets that come with Lazy Susans. As you may know, a Lazy Susan will not only help increase the capacity, but also keep your items organized and accessible.
4. Convert your cabinet into a hidden wine bar
Your kitchen is the social hub of the home where you can entertain your guests. With that being said, a hidden wine bar is surely something you should put on your kitchen remodeling list.
Instead of spending time searching for a perfect wine hutch to fit into the intended place, you can DIY a built-in wine bar from a deep kitchen cabinet. According to our friend at SFGate, all it takes is a few easy steps:
- Remove shelves and shelf brackets, if any, from the cabinet.
- Based on preference, insert a pre made lattice- or cube-style wine rack inside the cabinet.
- Add a hanging glass rack to the top of the cabinet with a few strips of notched cabinet molding.
Note: To hide assorted wine bottles and maintain a streamlined kitchen look, you may want to keep the cabinet door.
5. Add a freestanding pantry cabinet if your space allows
If you still have space left over at the end of your kitchen storage makeover, don’t hesitate to add a freestanding pantry cabinet. For one, a freestanding cabinet allows you to increase your kitchen storage without breaking the bank. According to our consumer report, the average cost to install built-in cabinets is $4,036, while a luxurious pantry cabinet (like the above image) only costs approximately $600—not to mention it’s relocatable.
In addition to storage space, many freestanding pantries are now offering extra counter space that homeowners can use for food prep or small appliances. With such an efficient storage system, you’ll certainly expect to save more money and time.
6. Look beyond the kitchen for a walk-in pantry
Finally, you run out of space in your kitchen, yet your new kitchen appliances from the holiday sales are still looking for a home. Therefore, you have no choice but expand your kitchen. However, that doesn’t mean you need to tear down the whole wall between your kitchen and its adjacent room. After all, an open floor plan doesn’t work for everyone.
Instead, many tend to just borrow a small space from an adjoining room and use it as a walk-in pantry that can store everything from food, dishes, to small appliances. That said, if money is not a problem for you, consider installing a door for easy access from your kitchen to the pantry.
It’s true that there never seems to be enough storage space in the kitchen, no matter how large your kitchen is. However, from the latest kitchen storage trends, you can tell that as long as you grasp the essential storage principles, you’ll always find new, clever ways to add storage to your kitchen.
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