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If there’s one thing you can’t have enough of in a kitchen, it’s places to pack things away out of sight – and these smart solutions that will save you space in spades. From open shelving to hidden storage in the island bench, here are five functional and stylish ways to maximise your storage space in the kitchen.
1. deep drawers
Cupboards will always have their place in the kitchen, but what’s becoming more and more popular are below-bench drawers. They’re brilliant for storing heavy and bulky pots and for housing appliances too.
Imagine the ease of loading a dishwasher without leaning over, or the convenience of having a freezer drawer at your fingertips. Deep drawers are best for pots, plastic storage containers, and tall pantry items like cereal boxes. Medium-height drawers are good for stacks of plates and bowls, and skinny drawers are perfect for cutlery, utensils and chopping boards.
2. go vertical
The beauty of this kitchen is all in its simplicity, but what’s really great is the use of vertical storage. The suspended shelf in this space-challenged kitchen is genius and a simple solution for freeing up bench space. It’s a good idea to keep purely decorative ornaments higher and items you use regularly, like wineglasses and teacups, within easy reach, when styling your open shelves.
3. fine design
Storage can be treated as a design focus. Use a ladder to add pots and pans storage above the island bench and open shelves for your favourite dinnerware like in this modern rustic Sydney home.
4. ply on the wall
When choosing materials for your kitchen, consider ply. It’s easy and affordable to work with and you can use it to create all manner of things. Simple and affordable plywood shelving gives the kitchen in this 1970s-style bungalow a no-fuss feel. All the overhead cabinetry is open, with all the most-used crockery and glassware on display.
5. island stowaway
Put the space below your island bench to good use by filling it with shelving and appliances. In a storage savvy kitchen shelving on the other side is the perfect place to store cookbooks for easy access without taking up space in the cooking zone.