Over the years of living in a home, it can be easy to accumulate a sizeable stockpile of odds and ends in the kitchen. What came into the home as a set of useful tools may end up sacrificing valuable space – and before you know it, you can’t see your countertops.
Remodeling in the kitchen forces homeowners to take an honest inventory of what they already have, and makes it easier to decide what could be added and what needs to go. By working with a remodeler on kitchen storage ideas, you’ll be able to design based on your routine, and wave goodbye to the builder-grade features that weren’t designed with you in mind.
Here are a few ideas for how you can improve storage in the kitchen.
Keeping The Counters Clean
One of the easiest ways to make your kitchen feel more spacious? Keeping the countertops clean. Between the coffee maker, the toaster, and the microwave, it’s easy to see the available real estate start to disappear – and those are just the necessities! But the good news is it’s possible to design your kitchen storage to accommodate these items. You can build in a microwave drawer, or a dedicated coffee station with room above for mugs, sugar and coffee beans. By getting these items off of the countertop, you can give yourself a little more room to prep, display decor, or simply enjoy the look of a newly accessible kitchen.
Floating shelves are stunning as a concept, but in practice, it’s important to plan carefully for how they’ll be used. If they’re too packed with cookbooks, it can add to the cluttered feeling. A cluttered shelf can also take attention away from the features that should be catching the eyes of guests, like cabinet detailing or pendant lighting. If floating shelves stay minimal, they can also become the perfect place to display wine glasses or antiques.
It’s possible to visually expand the kitchen without adding any square footage at all – just add natural light! A dark and cluttered kitchen may not be functionally flawed, but guests or family members will be more likely to gravitate to another part of the home, making hosting to different groups or locations in the home feel like more of a balancing act than it needs to be.
Hidden Kitchen Storage
Anything you don’t want to be seen can be hidden away – and no, we don’t mean moving it to another room or shoving it into a closet. Built-in storage can be designed to hide trash bins, organize a chaotic spice cabinet, or remove appliances from eyesight. Work with a remodeler to discuss what frustrates you most about your current kitchen setup, and come up with ideas for how your everyday routine can be made easier by redesigning your current kitchen storage more closely with how you use it.
Avoid It Becoming a Dropzone
Particularly if you’ve got less real estate on the countertops, you don’t want to take up the room you do have with junk mail. Avoid this by keeping a mail organizer in the mudroom, and making sure that stray papers and magazines don’t end up becoming permanent fixtures on the counter.
Your home’s kitchen storage should make your routine easier, not more stressful. If you’re ready to chat with a member of our team about kitchen storage ideas for your home, fill out the contact form. Let’s talk about how we can make your kitchen more fun to use.