No matter the size of your kitchen, for those who love to cook, it seems as if there is never enough space. From kitchen gadgets, special china and everything in between, your kitchen has a lot of storing to do. Whether you have a spacious custom kitchen or your working with an outdated or smaller space, there are many ways you can maximize your kitchen for the best function and organization.
If you’re planning to design your custom kitchen or renovate your existing one, there are certain layout components to keep in mind. If you’re simply looking to embrace your current kitchen space, there are also many tips that can assist you in the process. That’s why we’ve compiled our favorite ideas for making the most out of your kitchen space, current or future. Take a look!
1) Drawers Over Doors
If you are designing or renovating your kitchen, it is wise to choose drawers over cabinet doors. This space-saving hack will allow you to gain maximum functionality of the available storage. Drawers allow for easy access to every item inside, unlike cabinets which can require some digging. This can result in frustration when you’re trying to find the right things for cooking your meal. Drawers allow for sight and access to everything for quick access and simple organization.
2) An Island is Your Friend
Sometimes a kitchen table just isn’t a viable option given space constraints. Instead of trying to make a large round table fit or extending your kitchen space into the next room, opt for an island. This space can double as counterspace for cooking and baking. This free-standing counter is also a neat way to ensure seating for meals without adding unnecessary bulk to the space. If your island includes a breakfast bar, you’ll even have storage room underneath for your stools allowing for the maximum use of the space.
3) Add a Shelf
Many homeowners underestimate the power of a simple floating shelf. This additional storage option can help take advantage of any unused vertical wall space. Since it may be a little out of reach, this is the ideal spot to store items that you don’t use on a daily basis such as cake stands, roasting pans, large stock pots, canned goods, and other cooking materials that are used for special items or occasions. This type of shelf is also an excellent décor element where you can display clear jars full of kitchen staples or even a library of cookbooks.
4) Magnetize It
You may have seen organization magnets on Pinterest and thought about implementing it into your office space, but did you know that this is a great way to save space in the kitchen as well? If you find yourself short on counterspace, try adding a magnetic strip somewhere on the walls of your kitchen. Skip the bulky knife block and keep your knives organized on your magnet strip instead. You can also use it to keep pot lids and other metal kitchen tools at bay.
5) Take Advantage of Cabinet Doors
Have you ever considered the wasted space that exists behind your cabinet’s closed doors? We have to and that’s why we think it’s smart to utilize the open side to hang smaller items. You can simply install a command hook or install one yourself to hang cutting boards, dish towels, pot holders or even a magnetized spice rack. You’ll be surprised by the space you save when you utilize this forgotten element of the kitchen!
6) Don’t Forget the Ceiling
Speaking of wasted space, the ceiling is often a forgotten storage area. A hanging rack for pots and pans is an excellent solution to lack of cabinet space. Plus, some people love the modern, commercial décor element of shiny hanging cookware in the kitchen.
7) Utilize Your Oven
Ask yourself honestly how often you use your oven and you’re likely to find some wasted space. Your oven is a deep, handy storage space that’s great for items that are already made for the oven. Here, you can store baking sheets, cooling racks, pizza stones, grilling tools and more. Just remember to remove your items before preheating the oven!
8) Go Custom
If your current kitchen space just isn’t cutting it, consider designing a custom home of your own. This way you get all of the storage and design options you need while also crafting a residence that you will be able to enjoy for years to come. If you’re in the market for a high-quality custom home that will provide ample storage to house your passion for cooking or baking, then look no further than Bentley Homes. As a leading Louisville home builder, Bentley Homes has a stellar track record of success and outstanding customer service.
More than custom residences created to your exact specifications, we’re continually focused on building energy-efficient homes that are sustainable for the future. We’re motivated by the consistent positive feedback from the homeowners with whom we’ve had the pleasure of doing business. Contact us today to discover how straight-forward and affordable it is to craft the custom home of your dreams!