October 23, 2014
1. Corner drawers. While this storage solution needs to be built by a professional, corner drawers can give you added storage space and make use of those pesky corners.
2. End cabinet shelving. Does the end of your cabinet or island jut uselessly out into the room? “By building built-in shelving into the end of it, you can have a space to store small appliances or cookbooks for easy access,” suggests Berges.
3. Shallow roll-out drawers. These shallow drawers can be built above your deeper drawers, allowing you to easily find small utensils and kitchen gadgets that typically get swallowed up or jumbled in deep drawers.
4. Pull-out spice racks. These narrow racks pull directly out of the wall, keeping your spices upright, easy to find, and hidden.
5. Backsplash storage. “If your backsplash is hanging empty, use it to hang large cooking utensils, pots or pans. Or, set up a magnetized knife strip,” suggests Berges. Let no wall go unused!
6. Built-in knife storage. “This is one incredibly smart and safe way to store knives,” says Berges. Built-in, in-counter knife storage—which looks like a slit in the surface of your counter—allows you to line up your knives so that the blades are hidden and the handles protrude for easy grabbing.