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Whether you have a small kitchen that's lacking in storage space or a big kitchen with a lot of utensils that need more storage, getting the most out of your kitchen is key.
Before you start planning new kitchen storage solutions, it is important to go through your existing kitchen utensils, cutlery, tableware and small appliances and actually see what you use and need. It is amazing how much ‘stuff’ we accumulate over the years, but may not actually need.
Once you have de-cluttered your kitchen you are ready to explore ideas! You may want to add some kitchen storage to your current cupboards, or you may have the budget to install some new kitchen storage units.
If you have the space for an island it is a great storage solution, not only does it give you more cupboard and preparation space, you could also incorporate a seating section to allow for extra dining places and a breakfast bar.
If you have a smaller kitchen, that can’t fit a full-size island, you may think about incorporating a butcher block style unit in the middle. This could be an open shelf system underneath or an extra unit.
Bins can take up a lot of room in your kitchen, especially if you’re short of floor space. Why not hide away your rubbish with an integrated bin, that fits perfectly into a kitchen cabinet. These can be divided into separate bin spaces under one unit so that you can easily separate foods waste and recycling.
If you have a tricky kitchen corner unit that makes it hard to reach for pots and pans in the far corner, you may want to think about a carousel shelving option. This allows you to fit far more pots and pans, utensils, or jars into the space and easily pull them out without any fuss.
There are different options to choose from, such as half circle and three-quarter circle, plus left or right fitting to suit your kitchen cupboards.
The perfect option for adding more kitchen storage to tall cupboards is by adding pull-out shelving units, that have a soft closing action. You can access items from left, right or centre, helping you to reach everything quickly and easily.
All shelves are bucket style, so you can fit many more food items, jar, bottles or packets in them than flat shelving. The sides come with ‘window’ holes which give you clear visibility of all storage items.
A great way to store your wine, or other bottles you may usually keep on your worktop. These can be freestanding if you have any spare floor-wall space in your kitchen or they could be incorporated into an island or cabinet.
Using a rail above your worktop is a fast and fairly simple way to add some more storage space to your kitchen. You can then hang pots, pans and utensils from it, instead of having them clutter up your kitchen cupboards.
You may want to make sure the items you are hanging from the rail are all a similar colour or metal, to give it a more coherent look, otherwise, you could risk it looking messy!
You may want to think about using open shelving as an added kitchen storage idea. They won’t take up as much room as a cabinet, and will still give your kitchen some open space.
Try to avoid overfilling kitchen shelves as this will just make your space look cluttered and messy, instead think about shelf styling. This is where you layout items on a shelf to create an attractive but functional display. Add items that sit horizontal and vertical, but also don’t mix too many colours, try to keep to three or less to keep your shelves looking perfectly pleasing to the eye.
There are many ways we can help you with kitchen storage ideas at Dream Doors. Why not pop into your local showroom to talk through options with one of our kitchen experts.