As kitchen equipment becomes more stylish, the need to hide that ugly old potato peeler at the back of the drawer lessens. If you are proud to show off your kitchen kit, why not ditch the cupboard doors and incorporate open shelving into your new kitchen? With both horizontal and vertical divides, you can make a feature out of your lentil-filled glass jars and duck-egg blue pestle and mortar instead of tidying them away in crowded cupboards never to be seen again.
Create space within cupboards
If conventional cupboards are a must in your kitchen, it is imperative that you do something to utilise all of the space. Open most kitchen cupboards and you will find rows of tinned goods filling only half of the height of the shelf, when this needn't be the case. Fitting some shelving within shelving would mean that you could fit more useful items in your cupboards without having to stack goods directly on top of one another. If you find you need to do this in all your cupboards, it probably means you have too many bits, so a cull may be necessary, but used sparingly and creating extra storage space within cupboards can be a real winner.
There aren't many things more irritating than being unable to find your favourite colander just as you approach the business end of creating your favourite pasta dish. This situation usually occurs because kitchenware is merely thrown into a cupboard wherever it will fit, meaning you have to no idea where it has ended up when you need it most. One way to do this is to install internal drawer organisation. This is especially helpful in deep, waist-height units, and means all of your plates, pots and pans can be neatly stored in the same spot every single time, right where you need them.
Although it is usually recommended to designate specific areas of your kitchen to definite tasks, if your kitchen space is particularly large this isn't always possible. In this instance, mobile storage may be the way to go. Kitchen trolleys mean that all of your dried herbs and spices or pots and pans can be pushed to the side neatly when not in use, or pulled right up next to you by the stove when you are cooking up a storm. The wheels also mean that you can create extra floor space temporarily in the event of a party or other social gathering by simply wheeling it into a utility room out of sight.
Hide away that washing machine!
While we mentioned earlier that many pieces of kitchen paraphernalia are becoming more pleasing on the eye, the same cannot be said for the poor-old washing machine. This is undoubtedly a key part of the kitchen family, but seems destined to see out its days as an ugly cube of white plastic. Therefore keeping the washer and all other associated items hidden is a must to maintain the ambience desired from your cooking space. Sliding doors are perfect for such a task - especially if you lack the room to allow doors to swing out - as they can also be left slightly ajar to for allow ventilation when drying clothes.
Think tall and slim
Low on floor space? One possible solution is to reduce the depth of your cupboards and instead build upwards. In a kitchen with high ceilings, this is the perfect solution to create a light and airy space that still has room for all of your bits. Don't worry if you think you will be a little too small to reach the shelves towards the top - simply store lesser used items towards the ceiling and consider investing in some compact steps that can be stored neatly away when not in use. The shallower shelf will also mean that you reduce the risk of dishes or bags of flour being lost out of sight in the dark corners of deep cupboards.