After spending more than 40 years designing, crafting and installing kitchens, we’ve noticed that one thing never changes, and that’s our need for storage. From pasta rollers to pantry cupboard ingredients, regardless of how much you’ve collected over the years, you can never have too much storage. In fact, it’s easily one of the first things our clients mention when they come to discuss their projects. However, lining every kitchen wall with cabinets isn’t necessarily the best way to maximise space. Below are ten ingenious storage tips to help you create a stylish, practical and long-lasting interior.
Incorporate An Island
Incorporating an island or peninsula into your kitchen design is an excellent way to increase storage and worktop space. Islands offer a fantastic opportunity to utilise the area in the middle of your room that could otherwise go to waste. They can also help establish an efficient layout, making your kitchen much easier to use. If you don’t have room for an island, a peninsula makes a great alternative.
Opt For Drawers Over Cupboards
Rummaging through cupboards can be frustrating. If you’re tired of emptying your shelves to reach the back, why not simply opt for drawers instead? Drawers allow you to access the back of your units with ease. And with extra deep and sturdy designs available, you can store even the heaviest items, like pots, pans and crockery. Plus, custom inserts will make organising the contents of your drawers simple.
Add A Beautiful Pantry
You will be amazed by just how much you can stow in a beautiful bespoke pantry cupboard. A combination of spice racks, drawers, shelves and compartments ensures everything has a proper place. Installing internal plug sockets will allow you to use small appliances like toasters or coffee machines should you wish to turn your pantry into an elegant breakfast station. A gorgeous oak-lined pantry cupboard makes a luxurious addition to any kitchen.
Or A Clever Larder
If you haven’t got quite enough room for a luxurious pantry cupboard, or you’re looking for something more modern, a sleek space tower makes an excellent choice. Utilising height while promoting easy access with pull-out drawers, slim larder units are ideal for storing all your cooking ingredients and snacks. They are available in a range of widths to suit your space.
Increase Fridge Space With A Wine Chiller
Whether you’ve got a generously sized American fridge-freezer or a single integrated unit, fridge space is almost always at a premium. Investing in a wine chiller is a great way to free up room in your fridge for other essentials. A wine chiller will certainly come in handy when entertaining and can be used for storing everyday items like soft drinks too.
Utilise Wall Space With Shelves
These days, the kitchen is more than just a place to cook. And while practicality is of utmost importance, how your interior looks and feels is equally significant. Installing row after row over wall cupboards might give you some extra storage (bear in mind that the topmost shelves are pretty difficult to reach). However, it can leave your kitchen feeling rather cramped and claustrophobic. Installing simple shelves is a lovely way to add visual interest to your design while creating a useful place to store glasses, crockery or jars of ingredients — the choice is yours.
Or A Utensil Rack
Another excellent solution to utilise easily overlooked wall space is to fit a stylish utensil rack. Hang your favourite utensils, pans or chopping boards to create an attractive and practical design feature.
Go For Glass-Fronted Cabinets
The right balance of overhead cupboards and open space can bring a cosy atmosphere to a charming traditional kitchen. Nevertheless, interspersing some glazed cupboards within a row of wall cabinets can really take your design to the next level. Pair with soft internal lighting to create a gorgeous glow around your special occasion glassware or crockery.
Create A Place For Cookbooks & Ornaments
Keeping your kitchen clutter-free is a must. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t leave a few ornaments on display. Showcasing a selection of your favourite decorative pieces is a lovely way to add character and personality to your interior. The bespoke alcoves built into the island below offer a wonderful spot to store cookbooks and knick-knacks.
Consider Your Space As A Whole
When planning your kitchen, it’s always worth thinking outside the box. Not all your storage has to be just a few paces from your hob. A free-standing dresser or sideboard positioned near your main cooking area is ideal for storing occasional items like serving dishes and bakeware, freeing up vital space in your kitchen.
Storage is a vital component of any practical kitchen. However, there’s so much more to it than just drawers and cupboards! If you would like to discuss how to incorporate accessible and stylish storage into your new kitchen, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 0115 9308408 or email [email protected].