How to create more space in your kitchen
If you’ve ever wondered how to create more space in your kitchen and you feel like you don’t have enough room, you’re not alone. Maybe you’ve got too much in the cabinets to properly see what’s there, or frying pans stacked on top of the fridge. Maybe items tend to accumulate on the counter tops, leaving you limited room to prepare food. If you know you need to declutter first, follow this simple approach – otherwise, let’s move straight on to space saving…
You don’t have to have the luxury of of a huge kitchen with tens of cupboards – British kitchens are more likely to be compact so you need realistic tips you can work with! But do give the kitchen some attention when it comes to organisation. It might be a heavy traffic room, but it doesn’t need to be messy and it can still have a calm vibe, just like any room can. Here are some things to consider…
The cabinets in your kitchen may be a little full, and that’s why it’s important to utilise the space above them as well. It may be about simply fitting a row of shelves or two above cupboards or below them. Or perhaps you have ‘dead space’ elsewhere in the kitchen. Consider anywhere where there is blank wall space – corners are also often great places for shelves.
You can put all kinds of items on shelves but choose the most aesthetically pleasing things. Maybe your fanciest crockery would be nice to keep out to make the kitchen sparkle just a little more. Keep more unsightly (we all have them) items concealed. But be practical too – everyday items are great to keep on easy to reach shelves. So consider bowls and plates, glasses and mugs.
Your storage areas such as cabinets need to be utilised in the best possible way. They key is to see what’s in there when you open a cupboard and to use very inch of space within them. So you might use a cupboard or pantry organiser to stack food items in raised steps so that you’re using the space right up to the top. The best thing is that you can simply grab what you need without rummaging around behind other items.
Hang up pots and pans
Pots and pans can take up a lot of space within any cupboard in the home and this can be tricky for compact kitchens.
You can look into ways to hang them up. They’ll still be easy to reach, but they’ll be out of the way, and they’ll certainly look good too! Look into something like iron storage solutions for a durable hanging rail that won’t fall down, no matter how many pots and pans you decide to weigh on it.
If hanging isn’t an option or you don’t like that look, consider storing the pan lids on the inside door of a cabinet, using a fitted rack. Then you can stack pans inside each other.
Don’t forget your fridge
Just think how much your fridge is used! It’s worth investing thought and time into organising it and making the most of this prime bit of space.
If you have removable shelving, ensure it’s stacked at the correct heights for your requirements. It may pay to remove a shelf completely or move one up or down.
Keep food in square, stackable plastic containers rather than round ones as this shape lets you store more containers and looks neater. Or you may find it more space efficient to store food in zip lock bags.
Another great space saver is decluttering packaging before you place items in the fridge. The cardboard can often be taken off such things as yoghurts and dips as the use by dates are usually printed directly on the pots – this applies food stored in cupboards and pantries too.
Top Tip: Line your salad trays with kitchen roll and remove fruit and veg from it’s plastic packaging. Keeping these items dry will help them stay fresh and crisp for longer.
Make use of magnets
And finally, magnetic strips are easy to pick up from a DIY store, and you can fit them anywhere in your kitchen. On your back splash, on the counter, even just on the walls where there’s some negative space. With magnetic strips, anything metal can be applied there and stick. Knives work well but if you can also use small metal storage pots to contain things and stick them to your magnetic rack.
Running out of room in the kitchen is a common problem to have. Make sure you have ideas like these on your side to really maximise all of that space. If you need further inspiration, read about more tips on decluttering and organising your kitchen.