Take advantage of every nook and cranny in your kitchen with our tips on maximizing storage
Within a limited space, even the perfectly arranged kitchen can get cluttered easily. Several storage solutions are readily available to help keep everything organised without cramping the area. When buying, look at options that are similar in material, colour or theme so they don’t clash with the décor of the kitchen.
The best way to optimise drawer space, especially for cutlery, is to use adjustable drawer dividers. Pull out shelves are a great way to utilise awkward spaces and corners. Invest in plate racks for your crockery cabinets so you can stack multiple plates vertically. Use wicker or wire baskets to store items you don’t use regularly above cabinets.
These can be used quite effectively with the help of triangular or narrow shelves. They are perfect for storing cups that otherwise take up unnecessary cabinet space. Consider placing a cup stand, knife block or cutlery holder here. You can also invest in multi-level wire racks to store non-perishable items.
Gaps between appliances can be put to good use. Look out for multi-level plastic racks with pull out shelves; these can be found in widths as narrow as 4 inches. They are perfect for storing spice bottles, sauces and condiments.
A set of interesting wall hooks or pegboards add to the charm of a kitchen and can be used for hanging ladles, knives, lids, etc. An empty wall is also perfect for a vertical wine rack. Make use of the refrigerator door with a magnetic holder for kitchen towel rolls, knife strips or spice jars.
Pull out shelves are a great way to utilise corners and awkward spaces.
Use walls and the backs of cabinet doors; hooks and pegboards are great storage solutions.
Don’t let go of the narrow space between appliances; a thin pull out rack can be used to store pantry items.
Put corners above counter tops to good use with narrow shelves.
Minnie Bhatt, interior designer and founder of Minnie Bhatt Design, gives us the low down on how to effectively plan your kitchen layout
In this four-part series, we give you a checklist for ensuring that your kitchen remains clutter free