Increase storage in a small kitchen by installing cabinets, open shelves, hooks and pegs in places that often get overlooked.
Dishware Storage Tips
- Store dishware, glassware and utensils near the dishwasher or sink for ease in setting the table and washing.
- Use open racks to store plates vertically or glass-door cabinets for an eye-catching look.
- Show off dishes with wall-mounted plate hooks to create decorative displays as well as storage space.
- Turn glassware upside down, and hang from a rack under existing cabinets to keep clean while freeing up space.
- Fit drawers with adjustable dividers to organize and store flatware.
- Store cooking utensils near food-preparation areas, such a divided drawers or hooks, for easy access.
- Utilize over-the-door space by hanging a shelf and displaying dishes or china.
Pots and Pans Storage Tips
- Store oversized pots and pans in deep drawers with roomy storage.
- House lids in shallow drawers where they can easily be found.
- Suspend a hanging rack from the ceiling to display and store pots and pans. Make sure the rack is high enough above the stove to prevent grease from coating them.
- Inset a lazy Susan or pullout shelves in bottom cabinets to safely store bakeware and ceramic dishes.
- Store trays and baking sheets upright with dividers to make better use of narrow spaces.
- Create extra storage space for pans and cutting boards by installing a drawer in the toe-kick space between the cabinet and the floor.
- Place rows of tension curtain rods inside a cabinet to keep baking sheets and serving trays well organized.
Small Appliance Storage Tips
- Keep items you use every day at hand on the counter or above it.
- Store items used less frequently in base cabinets with a lazy Susan for easy removal.
- Attach items, like microwaves, coffee makers and can openers, under a cabinet if possible.
- Build a minigarage for appliances by framing the area between the bottom of the cabinet and the countertop, and fit it with a bifold door or tambour door.
Cookbook Storage Tips
- Store cookbooks and recipe cards in a food prep area for convenience.
- Keep cookbooks on open shelves or in built-in storage areas of your island.
- Install a hanging cookbook rack under a cabinet to prevent stains from spills.
- Organize individual recipe cards into plastic sleeves that can be bound in a notebook and stored with other cookbooks.
- Bring a bookcase into your kitchen, and top with a stone surface, such as granite, for cookbook storage as well as additional counter space.
Table Linen Storage Tips
- Store linens in an armoire or chest.
- Allow air to circulate freely.
- Keep tablecloths and napkins in the dinning room to make more room in the kitchen.
Food Storage Tips
- Organize your pantry with slide-out shelves.
- Provide enough space for smaller items, like spices and oils, so they don't get lost.
- Store canned food in a cool, dry place. Discard it if it hasn't been used within two years.
- Store staples, like flour and sugar, in airtight canisters with labels.
- Divide your panty into zones for different items to keep organized.
- Add adjustable shelves to customize your pantry.
- Install roll-out shelves in deep or narrow spaces.
- Attach a tiered door rack on the back of the panty door to increase capacity.
- Free up counter space by using drawer bins or baskets to store larger items.
Cleaning Supply Storage Tips
- Install slide-out utility baskets so that items don't get lost in the back of deep cabinets.
- Insert an undersink storage shelf that fits around plumbing.
- Keep sponges and scrubbing brushes in convenient tip-out trays at the front of your sink.
- Drape dishtowels and rags on hooks on the inside of cabinet doors.
- Mount paper towels under a cabinet near the sink.
- Mount hangers designed to hold brooms and mops in a narrow cabinet or closet.
- Fit a cabinet with a rolling shelf to allow easy and discreet access to a trashcan.