Kitchen Storage Solutions

Reduce the amount of clutter in your kitchen with these kitchen space saving ideas.

Reduce the amount of clutter in your kitchen with these kitchen space saving ideas. You won’t believe how much stuff you can store!

People don’t necessarily want more rooms in their houses — they just want functional spaces that are comfortable. That’s what architect Sarah Susanka discovered in the process of writing her book The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live.

Maximizing utility in a small workaday kitchen can be a challenge, though — especially when it comes to kitchen storage ideas. But we’ve found some clever places to look for more space without adding to your kitchen’s footprint:

Kitchen Storage Tip #1: Look Down

Why waste the space under your base cabinets?

“A toe-kick drawer is my first piece of magic,” says Maria Stapperfenne, president-elect of the National Kitchen and Bath Association in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. “It can give you about 4½ inches of additional space.”

If there’s a stairwell near the kitchen, you can create a slide-out drawer under the first step or you can hinge a stair tread so it can be lifted up to reveal storage. (Plus, the underside of a staircase makes a great spot for a mini-bar, pantry, closet or dog bed.)

Kitchen Storage Tip #2: Look Up

Go with taller cabinets if possible.

“A lot of times people have 8-foot ceilings, but their cabinets stop at 7 feet,” Stapperfenne says.

By eliminating the soffits and going with taller cabinets, you’ll gain additional kitchen pantry storage — maybe even an extra shelf per unit.

Kitchen Storage Tip #3: Look Under Your Seat

If you have the space for a banquette, incorporate drawers in the bench or hinge the lid.

If you’ve got bar stools, these could be designed to accommodate storage as well.

Kitchen Storage Tip #4: Look to an Island

As long as there’s enough floor space, Stapperfenne likes to make islands bigger and incorporate shallow cabinets into them. She’ll spec a 4-foot island that includes a 1-foot overhang so there’s space for storage underneath as well as a place for stools to go. Stapperfenne then puts slender cabinets on the corners or incorporates cubbies on the sides.

If you’d like more table space on occasion, a great kitchen space-saving idea is to get a pullout table you can slide out from under the island countertop when needed.

Kitchen Storage Tip #5: Look in the Pantry

Consider using rollout or sliding shelves instead of swing-out shelving, which can take up more space. This is a great way to stack multiple shelves atop each other — all of which can be pulled out individually.

If the pantry is large enough, it’s a great place to store a rolling cart or movable island.

Kitchen Storage Tip #6: Look Out for Your Pet

To reduce pet clutter, try using a section of your island to store a dog bed or crate.

You can also put food and water bowls in a toe-kick slide-out to keep them out of sight when not needed.

And a small area under a counter is a great spot to put a dog bed and food bowls.

Your kitchen doesn’t have to feel cramped. By taking advantage of some of these kitchen space savers, you can expand the amount of storage without spending a lot of money.

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