4 Kitchen Storage Ideas for Your Cabinets
by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Have you ever found yourself in one of these kitchen situations?
- You're after a particular slotted spoon, measuring cup, or knife, so you dig around in a drawer, shuffling fifteen or twenty items to the side before you find what you want.
- You have a couple of corner kitchen cabinets where space is basically wasted because the shelves are so deep that if you stored something there, you'd never get it out.
- The lids to all your pots and pans seem to get mixed up, and it takes quite a bit of searching to find the right one.
If you find yourself consistently facing one of these situations, you probably need better kitchen cabinet storage. And if you're considering refacing your kitchen cabinets, it might be a good time for you to take advantage of the fact that everything is stripped bare to increase your kitchen storage. Today's homeowners want kitchens that look good and are convenient, and suppliers want to meet that demand with a variety of cabinet devices to help you out.
Kitchen Cabinet Storage Solutions
- Consider putting pegboards in the bottom of all your drawers. Not only is it a convenient, organized way to store plates and bowls, but it could also help with miscellaneous utensils. Organize the pegs in a shallow drawer to keep all the wooden spoons, ladles, spatulas, knives, tongs, and measuring cups in their proper places.
- If you have a deep drawer for all your pots and pans, consider installing a slotted rack near the top. It can help keep all those lids organized while the pots are stacked inside each other.
- The sliding corner rack is the new corner-cabinet counterpart to the lazy Susan. The door to this cabinet has shelves on its back side and no hinges. You pull the door out, pulling the shelves out behind it, and when you swivel the door the rear shelves slide over. Presto! Everything is accessible.
- Do you have an often-used appliance that's slightly too big for the countertop? Consider installing a spring-loaded shelf. These shelves are tucked into kitchen cabinets. When you're ready to use your appliance, you can pull the shelf up and out so it's at countertop height. Use it, clean it, and when you're finished, tuck it back under the cabinet.
Depending on your needs, you could install one or all of these kitchen storage devices while everything is disordered for your kitchen cabinet reface. Whether your kitchen is mainly for cooking, entertaining, or family time, organize your utensils and spend less time searching.
About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre
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