How to Maximize the Space within your Kitchen
If you ask the typical homeowner “which room within your house is the most important”, you are sure to get some variety in answers. Some would say the bedroom, as you spend more time in your bedroom compared to any other room, although a majority of that time is asleep. Others would tell you the bathroom is most important, as it needs to function properly each and every day. Others would tell you the living room, as it is the hub of the daily activity within the house, and needs to be very functional for the entire family. However, a majority of people would undoubtedly tell you the Kitchen is the most important room within the house.
However, even though the kitchen is the most important for a majority of people, it is not always the room within the house that is laid out the best. More times than not, you will have a Refrigerator and a Stove, along with some cabinets; but, these are not always laid out in an optimal solution, and to move them would cost a lot of money, which may not be in your budget. In addition to this, you may not even own your living space, which means you cannot make the necessary changes even if you did have the money. However, no matter how your kitchen is laid out, there are ways to make it more functional for a very inexpensive price. Listed below are some great ideas for you to consider:
Utilize all of your Wall Space
When looking for space within your Kitchen, the first place you should always look at is the wall space. There is typically some empty wall space within the kitchen, whether it is a full wall, or even the space between the counter and the cabinets. There are plenty of ideas on what you can do with the space on the wall:
- Some people like to build floating shelves where they can put some decorative items which also provide function, like spice bottles or containers of flour, sugar and Salt/Pepper. You can also put up some of your bigger bowls, which don’t really fit within a cabinet, or other big cooking pieces, like a crockpot or rice cooker.
- In addition to those ideas, if you have a smaller wall space, you can still put up a shelf that can hold certain things, even if they are smaller. This shelf can also have a rod underneath which can act as your Paper towel holder, so you can take that off the possible limited counter space you have.
- One of the things which can eat up a lot of space within a kitchen is pots and pans, along with your steak knives. They are big and unwieldy, and take up much more space than you think they would. Due to this, a great idea is to actually hang the pots and pans and knives from a mounted rack, where they are still accessible, but are out of the way for the most part. By mounting them, you can cluster them closer together, and create a lot more space in your cabinet and on your countertop.
- Lastly, you can put up some hooks in order to hold up either pot holders, or gloves for your oven. Not only can they serve as a good decoration, but it is a very functional way for you to grab these items very quickly when you need them.
No matter how much wall space you have, using the wall space you have is a great way to make your kitchen much more functional and appealing.
Creating an Island
When you think of an island, you might be thinking of a 6’ or longer piece of furniture that could take up a lot of room. However, there are many different sizes of islands, and not only that, but there are islands which have caster wheels on the bottom of them, where it makes it portable at times where you might need more open space within the kitchen.
Within an island, you can have one or multiple shelves and/or drawers, and you can use the Island in whatever function you need the most. There are portable islands which can be as narrow as 12”, and can be as wide as 36”, depending upon the size of your kitchen. Even if you do not have room within your kitchen, you can have this island right outside of your kitchen, allowing you to have an extension of your kitchen in a non-intrusive way.
The island serves as a great way to hold extra bowls, wine bottles, wine glasses, paper towels, dish rags, paper plates or kitchen gadgets you don’t use very often. What needs to be in your kitchen are the things you use the most, and if you have items which you use, but not very often, then having an area to store those where they will still stay organized while still looking good is a great way to help you maximize your space you need to utilize on a day to day basis. The portable kitchen island helps provide this solution.
Install a better Corner Cabinet
More than likely, if you have a 90 degree turn in your kitchen somewhere, then you will have a cabinet that is the corner. And although that cabinet can offer you a lot of room, a lot of the room is hard to reach, and when you store things in that corner cabinet, the items in that area get lost, or they fall, and things can end up not ever being used. Instead of having space that is under-utilized in your kitchen, why don’t you install a new cabinet which can help you better use the corner room.
Although there are other accessories out in the market, including a Lazy Susan, with those options, you still have wasted space within your corners. However, when you use a corner cabinet like what is shown, you can have space which is much more organized. Although you lose a little bit of cabinet space, the space you do have can be used in a greater variety of ways, allowing you to better organize your kitchen in a more functionable way.
If you can’t afford to put in a corner cabinet, or you are living in a space which you are not allowed to make changes, then you will have to become more creative on how to use the space. You can always find other storage solutions for that corner area which fit within the mold of the cabinet space you have.
Utilizing your Cabinet and Pantry Space in uncommon ways
While you often think of your cabinets holding all of your dishes, and the pantry storing all of your food, there are other ways to use both of these features in new and exciting ways.
One way to use your cabinets is to create some under shelf drawers – often times, you have some dead space within your cabinet, especially if you have a lot of coffee cups or only a few plates that don’t go very high. When this is the case, if you install an underneath pull out mesh drawer on the shelf above where you have the extra space, instead of having just dead air, you can have another storage solution for some other items you have, including silverware or cookbooks.
You can also look for different inserts which will fit in different cabinets, allowing you to use a cabinet that might otherwise have a lot of dead space in a new way. For example, you can have an insert where you can put all of your wooden spoons, spatulas and rolling pins into, so you don’t have to have a cumbersome container on your counter which just takes up valuable counter space.
You might also custom create some dividers within each drawer in order to give you more organization within a drawer, rather than having things randomly piled in a drawer. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a good spot for all of your notepads, batteries and pens, where they are all separated out, rather than in one big messy pile?
One other idea to consider is to really use the inside of the doors of either your pantry or cabinets. You can put up a large chalkboard within your pantry doors, which can keep track of what you need on a daily or weekly basis. By having it there, instead of on the wall, you can then utilize that wall space for something else in order to maximize your kitchen.
Overall, there are many creative solutions for you to maximize your kitchen space. To check out other ideas on how to maximize your kitchen, you can click on the link below:
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