Storage space in the home is a great asset, especially in the kitchen, and when storage space in the kitchen is lacking it is anything but desirable or user-friendly. Every home has hidden storage space, and all it takes is a little creativity to find it. Consider the following easy ways to find hidden storage space in the kitchen, and give yourself more places to store everything from food to kitchen gadgets. Chances are you will have extra storage space for expanding your pantry and open areas for storing the latest and greatest food preparation tools.
Under the Stair Storage
Open any closet beneath a staircase and if it is not equipped with side shelves it is not a closet being used to its fullest potential. If you have a closet beneath a staircase, remove the closet rod, take out any stored items, and turn it into a makeshift pantry. Line the walls with wooden shelves deep enough to store one or two layers of canned goods or boxed items that can be easily located at a glance. Do not store anything on the floor and everything will remain within easy view. This simple pantry will free up space in kitchen cabinets or a closet that can be used to store other kitchen items.
Over the Cabinet Kitchen Storage Space
Empty space over upper kitchen cabinets is dead space, and it does not have to be used for simply displaying decorative items. If your kitchen is lacking storage space for necessities, invest in several lined baskets with lids, and use the baskets to hold kitchen gadgets and items that are not used on a regular basis. They can be used to hold seasonal items such as cookie cutters, plastic storage containers, and holiday towels. This will make the storage space within the cabinets open for storing other items.
Reclaim Kitchen Dead Zones
An empty corner in a kitchen is wasted space, but it can be used to hold a practical and decorative corner cabinet. Corner cabinets are available in many styles and price ranges from those with open shelving to varieties with doors. A corner cabinet with open shelves or a glass door can be used to hold everything from collections to dishes. Varieties with solid doors can be used to store everything from spice containers of food.
Invest in Freestanding Shelving Embellished with Wall Art
Freestanding shelves are also ideal for decorating a kitchen and adding more storage. Decorate the inside back of plain shelf units with wooden or wrought iron wall art, and use the open shelving to store extra dishes or knickknacks. Many people cannot find adequate space for the holiday dishes and extra items they would love to have, and this simple solution is an easy way to embellish plain shelving that can be used for storing kitchen extras that look great on display.
Opt for Baskets inside Open or Closed Cabinetry
Kitchen shelves are not always ideal for holding stored items other than baking pans, glasses, and dishes. Loose items such as utensils must be stored in drawers; however, with the addition of lined baskets that fit the openings they can be used to hold small items. Locate lined baskets either with or without lids for storing everything from cookie cutters to extra flatware. Use the cabinet beneath the sink for storing baking sheets and pans.
Create a Library Landing for Recipe Books and Other Kitchen Items
The wall space near the landing at the bottom of a flight of stairs often goes unused, but it is the ideal location for installing wood shelving that is perfect for storing recipe books and decorative kitchen items. If you have a stair landing near the kitchen with unused wall space, invest in built-in wooden shelves that can be painted to match the walls. Use the shelves to store your favorite cookbooks and vintage kitchen items. Space that was once dead will become very useful, and areas within cabinets that were formerly used to store cookbooks and other displayable items will be free to use for other kitchen necessities.
Look around your kitchen and adjoining areas for dead spaces that can be used for added storage. Every home has extra unused space no matter how small, and that space can be used to store decorative items as well as necessities. With shelves, baskets, implementing areas not commonly used, storage space in the kitchen can be greatly expanded.
Alyssa Davis is a prominent online author and the senior staff writer for Metal-Wall-Art.com – a distinctive wall art store specializing in candle wall art and metal art.
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