Kitchens naturally have a lot of stuff: plateware, silverware, glassware, pots, pans, counter appliances, electronics, food, smart devices, and more. Fitting all the things you need in your kitchen can feel like a giant tetris game. But it doesn’t have to. But with clever storage solutions, you can get that glamorous, organized look of a magazine kitchen without sacrificing any of your favorite and well-used kitchen components.
Check out our favorite ways to maximize kitchen storage with these kitchen storage hacks:
This one isn’t a new hack by any means, but there is an art to arranging racks for maximize space. A pull-out spice rack, for example, is a great way to horde a ton of spices in a small space (while not spending half an hour trying to find the one you need).
Think about that small space under your base cabinets: the baseboard. You know, that space where the crumbs and dirt like to migrate. Why not put that dead space to use as something better than a dirt trap?
It’s possible by building toe-kick drawers.
Many homes have an empty space above their wall cabinets, between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling. And many homeowners don’t really take advantage of this space, often resorting to using it for decorative purposes.
Put items here that you don’t use daily and will look nice on display.
Pull out shelves or trays inside cabinets make it easy to store as much as possible in the cabinet while still providing easy access to things. These also have a raised edge making sure that nothing falls off the shelf, too.
Magnets are your friend. Knife sets can be stored on the walls with magnetic strips. Spices can be placed in metal containers and hung on the wall with a magnetic strip.
Think of a rise as a mini-shelf on top of your cabinet shelf. You may have even had one in your school locker when you were growing up. A plastic riser can maximize the ‘altitude’ of your shelf space without going through the hassle of installing another shelf, while keeping your space flexible and able to adjust to any sized item. These can also be a great way to organize pots and pans, preventing the typical avalanche that occurs when you need a pan at the bottom of the stack.
Think about where you can hang commonly used items, like coffee mugs. What if you placed command hooks on the underside of wall cabinets?
Hooks can do the same job inside cabinets, using valuable space on doors.
A turntable is the same thing as a ‘lazy Susan’, which spins to enable access to something. Normally these are used on dining tables so that everyone can get the condiment they want without bothering their neighbors.
Now that’s how you squeeze more storage space into a kitchen. Take it further in your own home: try and see your kitchen from a new angle and you may even find more space that’s unique to your particular home. You never know what kind of dead space you’ll find that you can convert to storage.
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