3 Storage Innovations Every Modern Kitchen Needs.
What makes modern kitchens so much better than ones of the past? At a glance, it’s clear that new and innovative design elements play a large part. However, modern kitchens have also made significant developments in storage functionality and kitchen efficiency that make them better to live in, not just look at.
We took the time to look through our favorite kitchens both in function and look, and we have found our 3 must-have kitchen storage accessories for the modern kitchen.
1. Cabinet Organizers
They sound pretty simple, and they are! Cabinet organizers are built into your cabinets to help store and organize your pots, pans, cooking utensils, spices and so much more. Organizers can be as simple as shelves strategically designed with wire edge guards, or as meticulous as stainless steel panels with hooks for specific items.
Ultimately, it depends on what you require and what your professionals have available.
2. Pullout Shelving
This cabinet accessory is just what it sounds like. Cabinets can be built with tracks that allow fully mobile shelving to be added. This type of shelving lets you access items easily that you would otherwise have to reach over or push through to find. No more ducking under the sink to grab an extra trash bag, or reaching over all of the other spices for the pepper in the back of the pantry!
Pullout shelving works best when it is combined with organizers. The two together keep kitchens organized and efficient with almost zero extra effort. When you have an organizer with pullout shelving, you’re able to make much better use of your space. Awkward stacks of pots and pans can hang neatly from a thin panel, pantry items can swivel out for your choosing, and knives and other cooking utensils sit neatly out of sight and waiting to be used. This is the kind of modern amenity that should be in all kitchens!
3. Two Tier Drawers
Would you be surprised if we told you most drawers waste at least half of the space they take up? It's true! Past drawers weren't made to effectively use all of the drawer, forcing you to buy silverware trays and other band-aids that don't solve the real storage issue. That’s why we've made cabinet drawers specifically to utilize 100% of that space.
Our two tier drawer system is composed of stackable, slidable and adjustable wooden slabs, so everything in that drawer can fit without cramming it all into a jumbled mess. These can be tailor-made for spices, cutlery, cooking utensils and more.
When beginning a renovation, many forget to take the opportunity to add these modern amenities to their kitchen to create a better overall experience. Check out some of our custom-made cabinet accessories, or get in touch with a cabinet professional to discuss your needs.
Creative solutions for better kitchen storage!
It's a problem that has plagued many kitchens—lack of storage. There seems to never be enough to satisfy the utensils, appliances and pans needed to maintain a fully functional and organized kitchen. Luckily, there are a number of creative solutions for reducing the clutter of overflowing cabinets, keeping your kitchen at maximum efficiency and cleanliness.
A Kitchen For Your Kitchen
A popular solution to a kitchen stuffed with supplies is the butler's pantry—an adjacent room dedicated to kitchen storage and occasionally food prep. It is designed to be hidden from guests, and is perfect for keeping your less-common appliances, dishes, and more away until needed. This opens up your kitchen for the most important utensils and appliances, while relegating the lesser used items to the butler's pantry.
Storage isn't the only purpose for a butler's pantry though. With enough counter space, you can turn it into your primary food prep station. It'll keep the mess of those early stages of slicing and mixing out of the kitchen.
Reduce The Clutter (& Your Stress)
Many popular modern lifestyles are based around cutting down on the unnecessary (Marie Kondo, anyone?). While you don't need to take it as far as having a bare kitchen, having a minimalist mindset can help you get down to the essentials. We recommend starting slowly. Try removing the items that don't get much use and see how it affects your daily life. You might be surprised how much you actually need!
When you’re working with a smaller space, you may not have the option to build additional cabinetry. That’s ok, you can build smarter ones! There are accessories that can be added to cabinets that allow you to organize and maintain that clean kitchen without constant reorganizing and stacking.
By optimizing the storage in your cabinets, you are utilizing every inch of space available rather than just the bottom layer. We have even created our own line of custom cabinet accessories perfect for saving space in both small and large cabinets throughout the house. It can be surprising how much space you're not using in your cabinets.
An Island Paradise
Kitchen islands can add quite a few perks to your space. If you're thinking about putting some more money into your kitchen, this is a great option for you. It not only adds value to your kitchen, but it also gives you more storage space, freeing up your counter tops.
Kitchen islands can also be a major element in a kitchen's overall design. Adding a few open shelves to your island can be a fun place to display your go-to cookbooks or family photos, while keeping some drawers available still for extra storage.
Check out more of our space-saving cabinet innovations and accessories. If you have questions about your kitchen, give us a call at 586.247.1140.