Smart Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen
Your kitchen is more than just a place to store some food items. It is one of the most important storage areas in the home, and it serves as a hub and heart for the home as well. When you want to make your new kitchen look great and provide ample storage, then you need to keep in mind that storage options need to be functional more than anything else.
There are a lot of different ways you can create storage space in the kitchen, and you can make this a very organised area as well as one that accommodates recycling and smart waste disposal. You’ll have to decide what to choose from all the available options and go with something that suits your needs and gives you the look you want. We are going to look at some of the best storage options for the kitchen to help you make up your mind.
No matter what kind of kitchen you end up with, you will need a bin for waste. You may want something that sorts your waste, and the best bin for you is the one that sorts your waste as much as you need it to. How specific the recycling services are for you will depend on what part of Australia you live in. Paper and plastic recycling may be combined in some places. If you have regular garbage, recycled materials and compost, then that’s three bins you are dealing with already. There are some integrated bins available to choose from, though, that will make your work a bit easier.
Blum and Häfele have a few different options for capacity and configuration in waste bins. The Blum bin allows you open it with just a touch, thanks to its servo-drive tech.
You can integrate these into your kitchen pretty easily, including a waste sorting system with Blum’s technology for a bin that opens and closes without you needing to touch it with your hands while you cook. You can make the bin blend in by picking one that is the same colour as the front door. Alternately, you can paint your door to match the bins.
We recommend the Blum Servo-Drive technology for how easy it makes using the drawers in your kitchen. This high-tech solution lets you keep your hands clean and is a great addition to any kitchen for people who have trouble lifting or who suffer from various types of pain. You only need to use a light touch to open the drawers and doors around the kitchen.
For those who have limited movement, you may want to add one of these to each of your drawers and doors.
Pull-Out Storage for Spices
These are spice racks that you can simply pull out instead of having them sitting on your counters. It’s easy to lose spice jars in your pantry or cupboards, but this little organiser gives each of them a place to stay and makes them all easy to access.
You can integrate spice storage racks around your range in a place where they are easy to get to and convenient to use.
If you have a fully stocked kitchen, then the items you store at the back of your pantry can become lost or hard to find. If you use a pull-out pantry system, you can easily access all the items you need to get to. This actually increases your overall kitchen storage and makes better use of your space.
To integrate this idea into your kitchen, make sure you get a high quality pull-out pantry. That ensures smoother gliding and better weight bearing, since you can easily overburden and break a cheaper model.
If you have a very large kitchen, then there isn’t much need for a table that can be pulled out. Many modern kitchens, however, don’t have a lot of extra space to work with, particularly apartment kitchens. This is a great alternative to a fixed bench, and it saves some space while being handy and easy to access. We recommend a 100kg limit table, as that will be able to handle most cooking tasks. You also want a table that is large enough to provide space for your entire family to eat around.
This can be integrated into your small kitchen or into the dining area as a great space saver.
Toe Kick Drawers
You can vastly increase our kitchen storage with some toe kick drawers. These are well hidden and are easily accessible. You can pop them open by giving them a little tap with your toe. They take up that lower space near the floor in the kitchen that is rarely used, and they work great for large, heavy items that would be too big for higher drawers.
You can get as much as 25% extra storage space in the kitchen with these.
With a corner unit in your kitchen, you could have trouble accessing what you store there. The opening is pretty small, and the corner is set diagonally, so reaching to the back of the unit can be a pain. You can solve this issue a few different ways. How you go about solving this will depend on what you wanted to store in the cabinet.
If you have small appliances you want to store in the corner cabinet, then you can use a shelf-type storage system. For lots of small items stored there, you can opt for drawers that keep your kitchen looking neat and organised.
Revolving Corner Access Shelves
Here is a great way to make your corner look like solid wall and yet use it as a storage area. You can place awkwardly-shaped objects there, as well as smaller pots and items that won’t fit snugly anywhere else. You can fit quite a few things into this inconspicuous storage spot and access them conveniently with the rotating feature. It’s a lot easier to pull them out of of here than try to get on your knees to reach into the cabinet for them.
Here is another great use of that corner space. The corner is one of the least used parts of the kitchen that could easily be turned into some extra storage space. This is a great way to store small items, such as flat objects or food. These come in some stylish options that look good in most kitchens, and they make for practical storage solutions. How you choose to integrate this will depend on what kind of storage options you need.
You can hide more than tables in your kitchen. You can also sequester your laundry hamper away by placing it on a runner or a platform inside your kitchen. It’s also possible to attach washable nylon bags to a frame that slides in and out of your kitchen.
Tilting hamper baskets lets you place multiple hampers side by side for easy separation of your different colours of clothing.
Hideaway Ironing Board
Your laundry storage should have a place for the ironing board as well, and you can storage this large item away easily with a foldaway option. This takes up so much less space and removes a potential tripping hard. You can also plug in the iron in your kitchen to keep the cord from becoming a tripping hazard as well. Foldaway ironing boards are available in shelf-mounted options as well in an option that sticks behind the front of a drawer.
Your brooms and mops may be getting in the way in your kitchen as well, and you can solve that issue by installing broom holders. This gets rid of the jumble of poles and creates a more organised space in your home. It also makes it easier for you to get whichever item you need without sorting through a mess. You may want to mount these behind the door to keep the brooms and mops out of sight and out of the walking spaces.