Every day we hear from people who want to build a new home where the kitchen is the centrepiece. But, when you’ve got a room that the whole family uses three times a day, it doesn’t take long before things start to feel crowded. If you enjoy your food as much as we do, then you know the frustration of trying to work around a chock-full kitchen.
Luckily, there’s no such thing as a bad time to update a kitchen, so here’s our top five ideas for ways to improve your kitchen storage situation.
1. Sort out your collection
We know how it goes. When you first leave home, you only have a set of pans and a small collection of utensils, and you steadily fill every cupboard with containers and crockpots and appliances.
But if you’re hurting for storage then you need to start with a collection cleanout. Do you absolutely need 5 muffin trays, or 3 spatulas, or that collection of blenders you bought when you were on a smoothie kick? Figure out what you use the most and sell or donate the items you can do without!
2. Install a pot rack
Your pots and pans work out to be some of the bulkiest items in the kitchen. You can stuff them into a drawer and play Tetris when you want the big one on the bottom, or you can install a pot rack instead.
Pot racks get your biggest items out of cupboards and free up space to be used for something else. As a bonus, if you’ve got all your pots and pans hanging where you can see them, maybe you’ll have an easier time parting with the ones you don’t use! In any case, racks are simple to install on walls, splashbacks or even hanging across a window, and they save lots of precious storage space.
3. Cupboard inserts
Cupboards are great for a lot of things, but large cabinets can be inefficient. You can claw back the unused space back with cupboard inserts and racks that provide extra shelving or drawer units. These are especially great for under the sink where drainpipes make storage awkward, or in the pantry where you have canned goods and spices that don’t take up much room on their own.
4. Magnetic knife strips
You’ve got your frequently used pots hanging on the wall, so it’s time for your knives and other utensils to follow suit.
Knives are a great candidate for hanging storage, and magnetic knife racks are easy to install without taking up bench or drawer space. Mount your magnetic strip near your stove or over your workspace, and while you’re at it, you can use it to hang your favourite tasting spoons out in the open too.
5. Kitchen cart to the rescue
When kitchen space is limited, it might sound counterproductive to try and make room for a kitchen cart. But you only need to go as far as IKEA to see that carts and trolleys can be quite compact. There are a few different kinds, some with shelves, some with countertops, some with a combination of the two, so you get to choose what works for you.
To us, a bit of extra counter space sounds like a great idea, but choose the cart that makes your life easier when it’s needed, and can be wheeled away when it’s not.