Remodeling a kitchen isn’t just about making it look pretty and new. A good kitchen remodel design should take into account how to best utilize the space and make it functional. One of the biggest comments we get when starting the kitchen planning process with a homeowner, is how they can maximize their kitchen storage.
You can do a lot more with cabinetry these days and one of the best ideas is to add slide-out shelves to your cabinets. Slide out shelving gives you better access to all of the items in a cabinet, so you can see everything better. No more losing important tools or ingredients deep in the back of a cabinet!
Add Deep Drawers
Although cabinets can be an effective solution for bulky items, drawers are better at maximizing usable space and boosting organization. Drawers are a smart place to store your large pots and pans and even your plates and bowls. They offer easier access and well-organized stacks. Gone are the days of getting down on your knees to dig for something in the back of a cabinet. It makes finding the best pot easier and you won’t have to worry about dropping a dish from an upper cabinet.
Narrow slide-out cabinets by a range are the perfect place for spices and cooking oils for easy access.
Add Accessory Items Inside Base Cabinets for Specialized Storage and Organization
Vertical tray dividers added to cabinets allow for storage of cookie sheets and cutting boards. Pull-out cabinet accessories add dedicated storage for items like plastic wrap or aluminum foil boxes, utensils, knives, and plastic food containers.
Rethink Your Pantry
Create a new pantry space with floor to ceiling cabinets. Don’t forget to add slide-out shelves to make items easier to find. Another option is to hide your pantry and create a luxurious walk-in pantry that blends into the rest of your space.
Removing soffits built above cabinets or nixing the idea of having dead space above the cabinetry allows you to install larger cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. This can give you a lot more space!
Having more prep space for cooking is always a necessity. Creating an island or redesigning your existing kitchen island will give you more counterspace, more storage space and can allow you to build in some appliances. Eliminating an over-the range microwave to have a microwave drawer will give your kids easier access. Adding a beverage fridge into your island will also free up space in your main refrigerator.
A well-designed kitchen remodel can use the same footprint as your original kitchen but can give you more useable space. When thinking about your kitchen remodel, write down your top priorities on how you use the space and take inventory of your kitchen tools. Look at ideas online and of course make sure you talk with a knowledgeable kitchen designer and remodeler!