We can never have enough storage in our kitchen – here are a few cheeky ideas for how to squeeze more in.
Storage is key in keeping your home clutter-free and making each room work efficiently. Maximum use of space is essential and, whether built-in, freestanding or retro-fitted, you may be surprised at just how much space can be gained by going that extra mile towards fitting in a little more storage here and there.
1. Cleverly concealed kitchen appliances
Consider a hidey-hole for everyday appliances that are large and unwieldy but used every day. Blenders, toasters, coffee machines and the like are often essential to kick-start your morning, however, lining them up on your benchtop leaves little space for anything else. This recessed cupboard at the end of the benchtop is within easy reach for daily use, but the pull-down door is quick, and simple and needs no extra space to open a swinging door.
2. Integrated kitchen cabinetry
Push-release operation means this full-sized pantry opens into the kitchen area with substantial food storage – from fingertips to above head height. It then glides effortlessly away after use, concealed in sleek cabinetry running floor-to-extra-high ceiling for maximum efficiency.
3. Charming vintage plate racks
A small kitchen needs clever storage for often-used items and these vintage-style open dish racks perfectly suit the style of this petite country kitchen. All-white crockery lines the upright racks, whilst tidy stacks of bowls and glassware remain within easy reach. Cupboards below and less close to hand can then be reserved for mismatched and larger items.
4. Hardworking kitchen island hub
This kitchen island works all manner of efficiencies – serving up a central sink and generous preparation area, with a breakfast bar at one end and the added bonus of wine storage tucked in at the other. The alternate timber laminated finish is a smart way to demarcate its duties.
5. Above- and under-bench storage
A study in the versatility of an all-white kitchen, this clever butler’s pantry design sees a bank of generous drawers between open shelving beneath a spacious benchtop. Overhead shelving displays serving platters and cake stands, whilst pull-out baskets add a little natural colour and texture, softening the look from the dappled polished concrete aggregate flooring.