If there’s one thing people seem to complain about a lot when it comes to their kitchen, it’s that there’s just not enough space to put everything. From old jars crammed at behind the bread, to the thousand mugs spilling out of your cupboards, to all those appliances you barely remember buying, finding space in your kitchen to store things often seems impossible.
While you might think you’ll need a massive room to have enough kitchen storage space, that’s simply not the case. No matter the size of your kitchen, there’s plenty you can do to maximise the space you already have and find places for all the important kitchen items in your life.
Let’s have a look at how you can maximise kitchen storage.
Use all that Vertical Space
When you’re working with a smaller space, trying to find places to store things can be tricky. However, are you taking advantage of all the space around you?
One part of the kitchen which is often neglected for storage is all that wall space. Plenty of older homes in the UK aren’t exactly wide, but they are blessed with high ceilings. This means plenty of wall space. While you can’t really store things in a wall itself (unless you feel like knocking a hole in it) there’s plenty you can do to take advantage of them. Not only can you add more cabinets and shelves for easy kitchen storage space, but even something as simple as a few hooks are perfect for hanging pots and pans. Hanging frying pans or pots by the stove means you’ll have easy access when cooking and you won’t have to worry about pulling out the entire content of your cupboards when looking for them!
Get Creative with storage opportunities
If you think you’ve exhausted all storage opportunities on your kitchen, we almost guarantee there’s a couple of things you haven’t thought of.
Leave no space unconsidered. There are plenty of places perfect for add-ons. From the backs of doors making the perfect spot to hang things, to the underside of shelves making a good place for hanging cups, to the tops of high cabinets great for placing things you may not need that often, no stone should be left unturned when maximising your kitchens storage.
Clear the Clutter
Having good kitchen organisation is one of the best ways to find more places to store things, and that means clearing out all that rubbish. The biggest factor of a kitchen looking smaller and more cramped is mess, so finding ways to reduce clutter is crucial. Luckily, there are tonnes of simple ways to do so.
Installing a Lemans in a corner cupboard is a great way to store bulky pots and pans as well as making them much easier to grab. Plus, you’re minimising the risk of a total cupboard collapse if you’re going for something right at the back.
Make sure to go through all your food cupboards at least once a month to get rid of any unwanted food. We’ve all come across that long forgotten pack of potatoes that’s more roots than vegetable by the time you find it, and old cans and expired food take up a lot of valuable space. Space that could be used for… edible food.
If there’s one kitchen unit we’ve talked about A LOT on this blog, it’s the island.
Not only do they fit in with almost every kitchen style, but they’re also a great way to increase your kitchen storage. Plenty of them can come with built in storage space which is great for books, crockery or food storage. You can even play around with more bespoke storage options like open-front shelving or having cutlery trays built in.
They can also provide more crucial worktop space for you to work/prepare food on if the rest of your kitchen is getting a little crowded. It also makes a great space to put things you need every day, like a bread bin or spice rack.
If you’d like to hear more about how great kitchen islands are, make sure to check out our other blog post all about it HERE.
Keep it looking open
When you’ve implemented all the kitchen storage ideas you can, it’s always nice to keep your space looking bright and open. You can have the largest kitchen space imaginable, but shady lighting or dark colours in the wrong place is going to make it look a lot more cramped.
Dynamic colour parings are a great way to give the illusion of more space. A black and white colour scheme can help give your design a sleeker look as well as making the ceiling seem higher and a darker shade will give the room more depth. Or, if you’d prefer something simpler, you could instead invoke a bright, farmhouse style kitchen by pairing light tiles with copper accents. This simple rustic design will open up any space.
Inspired to install some new kitchen storage ideas or just looking for a redesign in general? Whatever kind of style you’re interested in, we can help you find everything you’re looking for, from the walls, to the countertops, to the tiles. Have a look at our kitchen designs page if you need inspiration or have a read through the rest of our blog for more helpful insights on style, colour and useful tricks to make your kitchen the most dazzling room in your home.
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