The typical Philadelphia kitchen is small, on average less than 100 square feet. So how do you make the most of this space?
The most obvious solution is to use every inch. The most efficient way is to redo your kitchen to have a professional kitchen designer lay it out with special attention to storage. However, if you are not planning on spending $10,000+, what are your options? You can still retrofit your old cabinets with great new storage options. Here are some ideas:
1. Pull out shelves. While technically these might use up more space than plain shelves, the ability to see what is in the back of the shelf overrides this negative. You can’t use what you can’t remember you had.
2. Trash bins in the cabinet. Many of us can’t take a cabinet and make it a combination recycling and trash cabinet, however, we may not be utilizing our under sink storage. You can put a rollout bin to the side of the pipes and make it easier to hide the trash.
3. Many kitchens have dead spaces in the corners. If you are lucky enough to have a cabinet that extends into that area, many manufactures offer up the option of putting in pullout shelves to better use that space. Again if you can see it and get at it, the more likely you will be to use it.
4. There are about 10-20 different ways you can divide up a drawer. Look at each of your drawers and decide what you want in it and there is a special insert to better store those objects, from cutlery, knife blocks, plates to pots and pans.
5. Spices are hard to keep organized. This can be done with a drawer insert or attachment to the door of a cabinet. If you have an entire cabinet devoted to spices, try a pullout (I love pullouts in case you have not realized).
6. Another underutilized space in your kitchen is the backsplash. Instead of putting your cooking utensils in a jar on the counter or in a valuable drawer, consider investing in a backsplash system that hangs them up. Many systems also have places for knives, spices etc.
Now I have just touched on a number of possible ways to perk up your storage space in our “cozy” Philadelphia kitchens. To get more ideas please go to these manufacturers’ websites. These are the ones we use and know they are cost effective and reliable. Hafele is an upper price point with metal and wood finishes, http://www.hafele.com/us/products/kitchen-cabinet-hardware-closet-hardware-accessories-range-hoods.asp . Rev-a shelf has a lower price and finishes more likely in heavy duty plastic, http://www.rev-a-shelf.com/. One final option is Richelieu that is another moderately priced option, http://www.richelieu.com/en/.
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