Get Creative With Your Cabinets
Get creative with your kitchen cabinets. Inspired by a vintage printer’s desk, Monica Bhargava had the cabinets in her California kitchen made to look like drawers.
Try An étagère for Extra Vertical Storage
An open shelving unit adds more storage, but doesn’t take up too much floor – or visual – space. An antique étagère placed on the counter of Mary Jo Bochner’s Savannah, Georgia, kitchen holds books and bowls.
Avoid Searching for Ingredients With a Pull-Out Pantry
In designer Stephanie Stokes’s 48-square-foot New York City kitchen, the “pantry” for dry goods consists of two cabinets that slide out over the countertop so that everything is easy to find.
Use Swivel Stools to Save Floor Space
In Dan Doyle’s St. Helena, California, kitchen, vintage swivel stools can be tucked completely out of the way, which saves a lot of space.
Make An Antique Piece Work for You
Designer Samantha Lyman wanted to give a new California kitchen some historic pieces like this antique armoire. It was originally only 12 inches deep inside – not big enough for large platters and big bowls. So Lyman set it into the cabinetry to give it more depth. The cabinet-maker removed the back and extended it to 26 inches inside. Then, Lyman painted the interior a darker color to conceal the difference.
Hide Clutter Behind Closed Doors
In a Chicago kitchen designed by Mick De Giulio, all the clutter of the kitchen is hidden behind closed doors, which open to reveal an expansive pantry. The drawers are constructed out of the same honey-colored pine as the kitchen island. Pull-out willow baskets hold fruit and vegetables.
Install a Pull-Out Cutting Board for Easy Clean-Up
In a Houston, Texas, kitchen designed by Michele Allman, a pull-out cutting board has a hole, which makes it easy to brush the scraps straight into the trash bin just below.
Make Your Countertop Do Double-Duty
In the 2012 Kitchen of the Year in New York City, designed by Mick de Giulio, Grothouse’s wenge-wood countertop has an integrated bowl. Set down eggs as you take them out of the fridge, and they won’t roll away.