Space-saving options to make life easier
The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of the home, the place where meals are made and families gather. It is probably also the busiest hub of activity in your home, serving as the place where you prepare and gather for meals, have family conferences, and maybe even a place where you pay your bills.
When you picture your ideal kitchen, you’re probably thinking that a kitchen that makes life easier and smoother is the way to go. A kitchen where you’re constantly on all fours reaching deep into cabinets below the counters for your everyday essentials is not ideal. A kitchen where you’re rummaging around cabinets above the counters, constantly taking things out and putting them back as you search for pantry items to make a meal is not ideal. A kitchen countertop strewn with mail, papers from the kids’ school, work projects and other paperwork is not ideal.
The ideal would be a well-organized kitchen that makes life easier and smoother, wouldn’t you agree?
As you think about your kitchen renovation, here are some cabinet options you may want to consider to make the most of the space in your kitchen:
Built in storage. It goes without saying that the cabinets are probably the main form of storage, but think beyond a basic cabinet configuration. There are so many choices these days that will help you maximize storage As you choose these, make sure you go beyond purely aesthetic considerations. Think about how you use your cabinets on a day-to-day basis as you plan your perfect kitchen. Remember, your kitchen should work for you, not the other way around.
Pull-out corner drawers. Many of us have seen the lazy Susans that are built into corner spaces in cabinets. The round units make it easier for you to find things, but the round shape leaves unused space. Enter the pull-out corner drawers that makes use of every inch of space and makes it easy for you to find what you need.
Drawers. Consider installing drawers instead of cabinets below the countertops. This may save you from having to get down on all fours to reach deep inside cabinets. Lower-level cabinets make it easier for you to see what's inside.
Refrigerated or non-refrigerated wine cabinet. If you regularly drink wine, think about including a dedicated storage space for wine bottles that is easily accessible.
Shelf built into the backsplash above the range or somewhere else that provides needed storage.
Warming drawer on a side of the island makes things convenient for someone who likes to make sure all dishes are warm when it's time to eat, or who entertains a lot.
Small bookshelf built onto a side of the island or on the wall gives you a spot for your cookbooks that is easily accessible and visible to make it easier for you to peruse your favorite recipes.
Be sure to discuss any specific storage needs with your contractor, who will know of the latest cabinet designs and can make recommendations.
Photos: Glenvale Group