Kitchens present a lot of challenges, number one among them being keeping the counter clear of clutter so that it can be used for food preparation. This may seem obvious, but we all know how quickly our countertops can get overwhelmed by appliances, utensils, and supplies, and it's not always easy to figure out enough storage solutions to find a place for everything. If this sounds like you, then today's article is going to fix all of that because we're going to look at 13 practical solutions to ensure you can get the best out of your kitchen.
The simple fact is most apartments are shrinking, and the kitchen is often where you feel it the most, with barely enough room to fit in the basics like the stove and refrigerator. This means we have to be even more creative and innovative with the layout and design, but as you're about to see, the professionals at homify are all over it, and when you see these fabulous kitchens you'll know exactly how to go about designing your own.
If you need new utensils like a nutcracker, but you're running out of space to store items in the kitchen, then one approach is to choose an artistic item like this one that can double as a decorative element.
Large drawers like these, hidden behind a cabinet to reduce visual clutter, are a great option for storing larger items like pots and pans, as well as less used appliances like food processors and blenders. There's nothing worse than opening the pot cupboard and having to pull everything out to find what you need, only to have to shove it all back in there, but pull-out drawers will solve that problem in no time at all.
This is a really great space saving idea, combining the kitchen island and dining room table into one unit. This means that when you need that extra space for preparing large amounts of food all you have to do is clear the table.
Spice racks are a necessity in any kitchen. We accumulate spices far quicker than we can use them, so it's crucial that they are organised and easy to access so that you can always know what's available. Not only that, but a beautiful piece like this will give your decor some rustic charm.
This ultra modern kitchen looks sleek and tidy, but one of its best features is that breakfast bar. On the white brick tile wall they have mounted a television in front of a contemporary styled breakfast bar, perfect for catching up on the news as you drink your morning coffee.
This innovative idea is built into the countertop to dry items before putting them away for storage. The holes allow you to put longer utensils in there without them falling out or looking messy, while a rack for plates allows them to drip dry before you put them back in the cupboard.
The folding doors on this shelf allow for one large door that does not need to open outwards, which is ideal if you have limited space in the kitchen. It also allows you to leave the cupboard open without the door getting in the way, perfect for parties, or when you need constant access.
As a general rule, you really can't have too much storage in the kitchen. That's why any free space should be exploited for storage potential, such as the wall mounted shelves positioned above the dining room table here. This is especially useful in an open plan area, where the shelves can serve either the living room or the kitchen.
This cute and colourful spice rack hangs the containers on branches through a hole running through the middle, a really practical way to save space, as well as giving your decor some vibrance and fun.
Kitchen islands developed from the need to find more preparation space, because countertop real estate is always in high demand. This island stretches the entire length of the kitchen, with a stovetop in the middle, and a dining table at the far end. If you're considering a kitchen island, this project would suggest you make it as long as you possibly can.
This ultra convenient drawer has a small draw at the top for regular cutlery, while the large drawer below contains knives and bigger utensils like ladles and wooden spoons, however they have maintained a minimalist aesthetic by having only one exterior handle. Smart ideas like this are a lifesaver when it comes to organising your kitchen.
Knife drawers can be dangerous, you never know what kind of sharp edges are hiding just out of sight, but with a magnetic rack your knives are always at hand, and you can see exactly what you're doing, eliminating those unpleasant accidents. Not only that but they look fantastic, especially the pastel coloured set pictured here!
This one is purely psychological; you're going to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, so why not make it a fun and enjoyable environment to be in? The easiest way to do this is with bright, vivid colours that will lift your spirits, and ensure you love every minute you spend in the kitchen.
With these practical solutions your kitchen will never look the same! For more great tips, check out these fantastic ideas for small bedrooms!