How to Make the Most of Your Kitchen’s Space
Don’t we all wish we had a bigger kitchen? Custom cabinet maker Christian Brothers Cabinets says that a kitchen’s layout and architectural design – especially in older homes – doesn’t always make the most sense, so you have to get creative. And since you probably can’t knock out that load-bearing wall to give you more space, here are a few ways to make the most of the space that you do have.
1. Amp up your cabinet space
If the few front inches of your cupboards are clear, utilize the space on the inside of the door to maximize space.
You can easily make a rack for cutting boards by adding a bar on the bottom and one across the middle to hold them. You can also store lids for pots and pans. Today’s Homeowner has a how-to video here.
Even if you have a few inches of space in between your cupboards and appliances, don’t let it go to waste. You can build a spice rack cabinet that can not only fit into the smallest of spaces, but it also keeps everything well-organized.
2. Light-colored paint and a mirrored backsplash
Even if the space is physically small, it doesn’t have to look it. Paint your cabinets light colors and use glass for the doors. Even using glass shelves can create an illusion that the cabinets have more depth.
3. Get rid of chair arms and space beneath islands
When it comes to your kitchen table, stay away from chairs with arms. Carefully select seating that isn’t more wide than necessary and that’s also easy to move around and store.
If you have enough space to build an island in the middle of your kitchen, go for it! One trick to creating more space is to build an island that has enough room beneath to store bar stools.
4. Light it up
It sounds simple, but brightening up your space gives it cheer and highlights all the small spaces you can utilize. In addition to overhead lighting, you can install fluorescent lights underneath cabinets and even inside them. It can also set a more intimate mood and save on electric bills when overhead lights are turned off.
Also, try to let in as much natural light as possible.
5. Hang your pots and cups
Free up cabinet space by installing a ceiling-mounted rack for your pots and pans to hang over your island or table. Home improvement guru Bob Vila has five ideas on his website for using materials you may already have on hand to create one of these mounts.
You can also get a small, mountable hanging rack for hanging coffee mugs or tea cups. You’d be surprised how much space this frees up to store more items in your cupboards.
6. Use your wall space
Hanging baskets are an affordable way to utilize wall space for storage. Baskets used for bikes or for fishing tackle already have hooks on them. You can also use baskets you already have or find some at boutique shops or garage sales. Once you have your baskets, find a sturdy peg board that fits into the wall space. You can even paint it to match your kitchen. Click on this Martha’s Moments article to see how to pull this one off.
You can store vegetables or fruits that don’t require refrigeration, or you can store dried goods in them.
They say where this is a will there’s a way, and that is definitely true when it comes to making the most of your kitchen. Good luck!
This local update courtesy of your Paradise Valley Community Expert.