No matter how big your kitchen is, it seems like there’s never quite enough room for everything you need to keep in it.
One of the best things about renovating your kitchen is coming up with new and creative ways to solve that storage problem. Here are a few ideas to help get the creative juices flowing:
Take a minute and assess the storage situation in your current kitchen — it probably looks very horizontal. Flip that perspective to maximize vertical storage space in your new kitchen.
There are tons of options for floor-to-ceiling storage that will keep your stuff at bay while making a stunning visual statement. Of course, you’ll want to put the items you use the least up high and down low so that you don’t have to regularly strain to reach them.
Take this concept one step further by adding a rolling ladder to reach higher up storage when needed. This will add a fun vintage touch to your kitchen and make your guests feel like they are in a retro library.
Corral Your Spices
If you have a pantry now, it’s probably filled with spice bottles thrown in wherever you can find room. Not only is this an inefficient use of space, it also makes it impossible to find what you want when it’s time to cook or bake.
It might seem crazy to devote an entire drawer to spices, especially if you are short on space, but doing so will save you a lot of headache in the long run. You can also use it as an opportunity to sort through our spice collection and get rid of anything that’s expired.
Don’t Forget the Backsplash
The backsplash is one of the most underutilized areas in just about any kitchen. Whether you have one on your oven, your sink, or both, chances are it’s not doing much right now besides showing off some nice tile work.
Change that in your kitchen renovation by adding a shelf or shelves to this area. Stove backsplashes are great for storing kitchen utensils or pot holders, while sink backsplash shelves can be used to store dishwashing products or even glasses and cups that you use frequently.
If you have kids, make sure that this shelf is high enough so they can’t reach it and knock things off of it.
Hook Your Mugs
The next time you visit your favorite bar or coffee shop, look around. Do you see mugs hanging anywhere? You probably will if that establishment has a loyalty club where members receive their own mug to use each time they visit.
You might not have quite as many mugs to store, but there’s no reason you can’t do the same thing in your kitchen. Add a simple piece of pipe and use hooks to hang mugs from it. This frees up space in your cabinets and allows you to show off any cool mugs you have.