After dreaming about it for years and scrimping and saving for months, you are finally ready to start the kitchen remodel of your dreams. In a perfect world this might involve blowing out a wall or two and tripling the size of your kitchen. But if you don’t live in a perfect world and space and budget constraints mean your kitchen will stay the same size, use these handy kitchen hacks to get the most out of your existing space:
Install Extra Shelves Inside Cabinets
While you want to use every inch of storage space in every cabinet, this may result in tall and tippy stacks of dishes, mugs and pans. In order to solve this vexing issue, ask your contractor about installing some extra shelves inside as many cabinets as possible and then having at least a few of them be the rotating kind. This way, instead of pulling out 10 dishes to get to the ones that you want at the bottom of the pile, you will have shorter stacks on numerous shelves. By organizing your cabinets, you can easily access all of your things simply by turning the shelf.
Look into Under the Cabinet Toe-kick Drawers
If you have a small space between the bottom of your kitchen drawers and the floor, ask about having a toe-kick drawer added in to fill the space. The drawer will easily open up with a tap from your foot and you can use it to store accessories that do not take up a lot of vertical space; for example, it would be a perfect spot for tablecloths, placemats, cloth napkins, extra kitchen towels and oven mitts.
Turn Decorative Cabinets into Usable Space
If your kitchen currently contains any decorative cabinets or drawers — you know, the kind that are essentially a sealed up door or drawer that will not open — talk to your contractor about transforming these un-used areas into useable spaces. Kitchen remodel costs can easily add up to tens of thousands of dollars, so the last thing you want to do is pay for a new cabinet door or drawer that goes nowhere. Cabinets alone can range between $5,000 to $14,000, depending on materials and finishes, and the hardware for the cabinets runs between $150 and $1,200. By choosing functional cabinets that still look great, you will stretch your renovation budget as far as possible.
Find Ways to Use Wasted Vertical Space
If your kitchen catch-all drawer is currently overflowing with scads of measuring cups and spoons, melon ballers and the trusty ice cream scoop, look for ways to move these often-used accessories to unused vertical spaces. Consider decluttering your drawers by hanging smaller utensils inside your cupboard doors; you can ask your designer to install a number of hooks inside as many doors as possible, or you can turn this into a DIY project.
Enjoy Your New Kitchen — You Deserve It!
You don’t have to have a huge amount of square footage in your kitchen to have ample storage for all of your things. What you need are some creative hacks, tips and tricks up your sleeve that will save space while still staying within your budget. Focus on transforming unused areas into usable space as much as possible, add in innovative storage where you can and you will have a gorgeous new kitchen that is both beautiful and highly functional.