Wooden trays can help you stay organized by grouping all the things you need to do a specific task in one easy to find spot. One tray can house your baking essentials such as recipe box, cookie cutters and spatulas, while another can be dedicated to cocktail accessories such as shakers and swizzle sticks.
Replacing your stand-alone range with a wall oven and counter cooktop could free up your kitchen floors for additional storage. Mounting smaller appliances such as microwaves and coffee makers under cabinets is another great space-saving solution.
Stylish utensil racks keep cooking necessities off your counters and in plain view. Transfer condiments and seasonings from their plastic containers to decorative glass bottles. As appliances continue to blur the line between function with art, you may find you actually want to show off that sexy mixer or blender.
Help on the Side
A side board gives you extra storage space and the option to turn it into an impromptu work station, a bar for dinner parties or a cozy eating nook for a quick breakfast. A serving cart on castors is an inexpensive alternative that serves the same helpful function.
Look Out Below
The ease of cleaning up is doubled when you install an under-mount sink into your counters. To make this the ultimate style champion install a tilt-out sink drawer instead of the regular kind to hold sponges and scrubbers.
View from Above
The dreaded dead space above the fridge—can anyone ever reach anything up there? Instead of installing cabinets, turn this space into a showcase element in your kitchen and use it to highlight a gorgeous bowl or vase in one of your accent colours.
Don’t fear open shelving—just keep items in the same tones and size and go for symmetry as much as possible. Open shelves can be a blessing for busy families because they eliminate the need to go riffling through drawers.
Let it Slide
The average kitchen drawer only pulls out 3/4 of the way. Retro-fit your kitchen with store-bought roll-out shelves or drawers that feature extra-smooth gliders and allow you to maximize and see the entire space. For big, wide cabinets try a storage carousel and for tall, narrow cabinets a roll-out trash trolley is a great option.
Your ceiling is wasted space until you install a hanging pot rack to gain instant storage. Try a stainless steel or wrought iron look for a classy finish or a hanging rod with S hooks that you can slip your pots onto. Make sure you pots have holes in the handles that can accommodate the hooks.
Make your island work triple duty! A clever design that incorporates an oven, dishwasher, built-in wine rack and storage cabinet provide optimum efficiency. Although bigger seems to be better, make sure there is at least a 42” wide walkway around the island.