To make the most of the space available in your kitchen, you may think you need to have a total redesign and install a new kitchen. While an entirely new kitchen can help some people, there are changes everyone can make to their kitchen that will help them make the most of the space they have.
Here are some top tips to help you rework your kitchen so you can get the most out of it.
Kitchens can be one of the worst rooms in the home for clutter building up. Kitchen accessories and utensils such as pots, knives, mixing bowls, etc. can very quickly become overwhelming and take up significant amounts of space. While it’s lovely to have new accessories, you need to be thinking about how many of the older ones you keep.
A good general rule of thumb is to dispose of, for example, an old sent of knives when you buy a new set. It can be easy to talk yourself into keeping old versions, but in reality, you’re not going to use them, so get rid of them and free up space.
2. Storage containers
The packaging for food has become more elaborate as years have gone on and while this might look good, it’s not the best for storage and taking up space in cupboards. One way you can increase the space available for storage is to transfer foodstuffs into your own containers. In lots of cases, your containers will actually be better for storing and preserving food than the packets and boxes they initially come in.
You can easily buy airtight containers which are great for storing perishable foods. Often these containers are easier to stack, which increases the storage space available and allows for more available space throughout your kitchen.
3. Have a dual bin system
Recycling has become a key element in any household in 2020. A simple way to improve your recycling efficiency is to have a separate bin for just recycling. Now, in theory, this will take up more space, rather than save you space. However, there are now bins which are split into two sections, one for general waste and one specifically for recycling.
These kinds of bins allow you to save space while continuing to recycle. If you are getting a new kitchen fitted it’s worth discussing with your designers the possibility of having a twin bin system incorporated into the cabinet which will save floor space.
4. Don’t forget the space around your fridge
The top of your fridge is often neglected and left to collect dust. This is a space which can be utilised to great effect to help your storage needs. There are a range of options which you can use for storage atop your fridge. Depending on the style of your kitchen, you may want to go for a box or storage unit which fits in with your existing style.
If your fridge has a curved top which may make placing a storage box on top of it difficult, why not consider adding a floating shelf above.
5. Use your window space
If you have a good-sized window in your kitchen, you can add a rail to run across it which can allow you to hang and store certain times. A good example of this would be hanging oven mitts, large cooking spoons or even a sieve from hooks and this can save you space in both draws and on benches.
If you don’t have the space to add a rail between window pillars, you could always add one between cabinets or under shelves.
This post was written in collaboration with Bespoke Interiors, an experienced interior design company who produce some of the best bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens Newcastle homes have to offer.