April 1, 2021
If you have ever scratched your head and despaired about achieving an ordered kitchen, where everything has a place and where there’s a place for everything then read on.
Having well organised and practical kitchen cupboard storage can help you on the way to a tidier space and maybe even provide culinary inspiration.
When we think about storage in kitchens we should really think of it as something positive that can add to the overall décor. The best kitchen cupboard storage ideas are ingenious, add to the design and, most importantly of all, are useful.
For anyone who might be slightly daunted by the idea of how to fit all the typical things that we find in the contemporary kitchen then we have some suggestions for you. We have compiled a collection of clever and attractive storage ideas with a surprising capacity for storing.
Typically kitchen furniture includes wall cupboards, base cupboards, pantry cupboards and shelves in any given layout. However, what each of these contains, how they operate and how they are organised has undergone a revolution in recent years. There is no excuse nowadays for not making the most of the cupboard space in the kitchen.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
As a preliminary exercise, it is advisable to rid the kitchen of anything that really is not being used and unlikely to be used in the future.
With all the wonderful kitchen equipment that exists nowadays, it’s hard enough to find space for those things that we do use on a regular basis.
To decide which objects to keep and which to discard, use Marie Kondo’s method and ask yourself if something brings you joy. If it doesn’t, then it doesn’t belong in your cupboard.
We should differentiate between base cupboards and wall cupboards because physically they have very different properties and therefore should be employed for different ends. The base cupboards are deeper, typically 50 cm and are only appropriate for drawer units. While overhead cupboards are more suitable for items we would like to have on display, like crockery, glasses etc.
The trick with base cabinets is to get easy access to the back of them and make sure that all available space is used optimally. Here are six ideas:
Nowadays wall cupboards can be opened or closed, have glazed or opaque doors, have any number of clever mechanisms.
The corner cupboard requires special consideration and treatment because it’s often underutilised in UK kitchens. The gold standard for corner units is the revolving carousel which is really efficient at both storing and displaying kitchen items. An alternative is a concertina-style mechanism that works on a hinged tray basis and means that even the deepest recesses of the corner can be reached.
Without doubt drawers are the better option. Because the mechanisms have improved greatly they are cost effective and provide much more practical storage under the worktop. However, some cupboards are always necessary to store more bulky items, so a combination of both is always recommended.
Pull out drawers, revolving carousels and stacking racks are among the most effective way of increasing shelf storage for base and wall cabinets.
Drawer dividers or individual trays can be arranged in such a way to group similar items together. Wire racks mean that even the space between shelves can increase in storage capacity. Revolving carousels will also expand on cupboard storage capacity.