5 Space Saving Tips for Your Kitchen
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:56
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Monday, 17 October 2016 09:00
The kitchen is the workhorse of the house. Not only does it entertain, but it also cooks, cleans, and houses a multitude of appliances both small and large. When it comes to storing the tools needed to perform all these tasks, space can get tight. That’s why you should take advantage of every inch you have.
Consider these space saving tips so your kitchen can effectively dish out the work you demand from it.
1. Pull-out drawers
When most people think storage the first thing that comes to mind is bigger or more cabinets. While that’s not a bad idea, there’s also a better one.
Many people don’t realize that standard cabinets with fixed drawers contain a lot of wasted space, especially when it comes to space below the counter top.
Take advantage of all your cabinets’ space by installing sliding drawers and baskets. These pull out so you can store (and reach) items in the far rear of the cabinet without having to move anything aside.
2. Lazy Susans
For cabinets hanging above the counter, utilize Lazy Susans. These turntables are especially handy in corners, where cabinets are deeper and sometimes difficult to reach.
3. Baskets & Bins
Not everything needs to be hidden away behind a cabinet door. Some items that are frequently accessed — like phone chargers, notepads, pens, or the like — are best stored in bins or baskets.
If your kitchen is fitted with a breakfast bar, consider installing small sliding bins underneath the bar, where they’ll be out of the way but easily accessible.
4. Functional storage
Aside from adding more cabinets, integrating functional storage pieces into your kitchen is a great way to save space. Islands are kitchen essentials and can be fitted with drawers and bins.
Even better, rolling islands (aka kitchen carts or workstations) are an excellent for smaller kitchens. They provide mobile counter top space (some are fitted with butcher block tops and can serve as mobile cutting boards) as well as shelves underneath for storing things like cookbooks, cutting boards, dishcloths, or other items.
Bonus: When you’re hosting, a kitchen cart can be decked out with cheese, appetizers, or drinks and rolled wherever the party is!
5. Multipurpose tools
Nothing saves space like downsizing but there’s no need to worry about getting rid of essential tools in the process. Many of today’s kitchen tools and appliances have been redesigned to have multiple uses.
Consider cutting boards with built-in, pop-out colanders, or small food processors that can do anything from chop to whip to grind meat. Or invest in a good stand mixer, a tool that has an almost endless number of attachments, making it good for mixing batter, making pasta, and grating cheese, among other things.
Other more old-fashioned tools, like cast iron pans, help save space because they’re good for the stove top as well as the oven or grill, cutting down on having separate pans for sautéing, baking, and roasting.
When you put these tips to work you’ll be surprised at how much more spacious — and effective — your kitchen can be