Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider
Do you think you need a larger kitchen to store all the items you have in your kitchen? You may not need a larger kitchen, so consider these kitchen storage solutions. They can make even a small kitchen able to hold everything it needs to work efficiently.
A kitchen is not just a collection of cabinets designed for storage. You can find places to store things outside of the cabinets. You won't want to store just anything in plain sight, but some pots and pans and other kitchen items can be displayed either on shelves or hanging from the ceiling.
You may have more wall space than you think. It might be perfect for hanging items you need every day, like ladles or pots and pans. They can make a kitchen look like a "kitchen" and add to its charm.
The ceiling is another place you could hang things from. It should be over a kitchen island and high enough to avoid conflicts on the benchtop, but be within easy reach, too. And don't forget lighting. It can be placed around the hanging area.
Another place for shelving is on the splashback. The shelving can be shallow, but splashbacks and tiled walls take up a lot of space in the kitchen and the space could be put to better use. You might want to use the shelves for display purposes. For instance, you may have wine glasses and other glasses that would enhance the appearance of the kitchen if they were displayed openly. This will also give you extra space in overhead cabinets, where you may want to keep some things hidden.
The shelves can be glass, timber or painted timber. Glass shelves should be thick enough not to break and can be ideal for display purposes.
Drawers can be half empty or full of things you can't find. Drawer inserts are the perfect way to organise drawers. Some have two levels and are designed to make finding things on the lower level easy. Others are single level only and come in a variety of configurations to make storing utensils or even spices easy. Have a look at our Drawer Inserts page for some ideas.
Drawer inserts will keep your drawers organised and you won't be rummaging around to find the things you want when you need them.
Having to bend down and rummage for the pots you want can be tedious. Pot drawers are the answer and keep all your pots more organised. Some are designed for plates and bowls, too, making it easier to access them and you won't have to reach up to the overhead cabinets to get to plates and bowls.Pot drawers are an ideal solution for most kitchens, making it far easier to find your pots and pans or plates and bowls.
Drawers are a better way to access those corner cabinets, where things often get lost at the back of the shelves. Corner cabinets can be a nuisance, but drawers make them more useful and it's much easier to find the things you need.
There are also drawers for the sink. These cleverly designed drawers make use of the space around the sink and can be used for storing dishwashing soap, sponges and other items that may end up on top of the sink, spoiling the look of your kitchen.
Have you ever noticed how much space is wasted in your kickboards? Kickboard drawers are perfect for many smaller items you don't use every day. You can have one or several and store smaller items like trays in them.
For more inspiration, visit our Kitchen Drawer Ideas pages. You'll find a variety of drawers that may be perfect for your kitchen.
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Pantries can take up a lot of space in the kitchen, but they don't need to take up so much space and the extra space could be put to good use for other storage items. Pantry drawers and pantry inserts make accessing everything in the pantry easy and you'll find you can store more in the pantry than you could on shelves.
Many have a variety of drawer sizes, from drawers for cereals to drawers for spices. You can also make use of the inside of the door or doors to store things you need every day. A small pantry becomes larger when it has drawers or pantry inserts and using the inside of the doors for shelving will make accessing things you need easier.
Take a good look at your kitchen and you may find more wasted space than you thought you had. For example, windows often don't go the full distance from wall to wall and you may have space for shelves next to the windows.
Shelving next to windows can be used to display items or to easily access items you need every day. If you want to use shelves next to the window for spices or other edibles, buy tasteful containers for them and the window shelves can be both for display and to easily access everyday items.
Mugs and cups can take up an enormous amount of space in overhead cabinets. They take up less space if they're hung outside the cabinets. If they are a matched set, they will make your kitchen look better and you will have extra storage space in your overhead cabinets. Use a copper hanger and tasteful hanging hooks and you will save space and create an open display cabinet for cups and mugs. They will be easier to access, too.
In many cases, items are stored on the benchtop. Why have one level when you can have three levels and not spread everything around the benchtop? Anything will do, from an antique etagere to a modern design. If you have a cabinet with a free side, you can also try fixed shelves or you may want to add open shelves on the outside of cabinets.The idea is to use as much space in your kitchen without making it look cluttered. Display items won't make a kitchen look cluttered and you can save your overhead cabinets for other things that might make your benchtop look cluttered. Don't pack things in too tightly, but you will probably find more space in the kitchen than you imagined. Put the space to good use and the kitchen that seemed too small for you will feel perfect and you won't have to enlarge and renovate the kitchen.
Most of the things listed here such as drawer inserts and pantry drawers or inserts can be added to an existing kitchen. Shelving can be added to an existing kitchen and give you more storage solutions. Others you may need to think about when you renovate the kitchen. For example, corner cabinet drawers can't be added to an existing kitchen, but can be perfect for a kitchen renovation.
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