Remodeling Tips for Apartments, Condos and Other Small Spaces

Ways to Add Storage and Counter Space to Your Kitchen

When renovating your kitchen, you might focus primarily on the colours and textures of the benchtops, cabinetry, flooring and whatnot. However, no aesthetic impact can make up for the inconvenience of a lack of storage and countertop area. Custom cabinetry allows you to personalise the space, no matter what your kitchen layout and size, for the most user-friendly experience. Consider the following options.

Kitchen Island

One way to incorporate extra storage and countertop area is with a kitchen island. You can customise the cupboards and shelves to your tastes and preferences. For example, if you love wine, add a wine rack—otherwise, store crockery or baking items. In a smaller kitchen, you might prefer a movable island that wheels to the side when not in use. Adapting the island, you can devise the perfect solution for your kitchen.

Sneaky Chopping Board

Another possibility when planning the layout is to insert a sneaky chopping board. Your contractors can build a pull-out butcher's block that slides in and out — above the cupboard and under the benchtop. It will remain virtually invisible and seamless until you need it, and thus, it won't monopolise floor area.

Nook and Cranny Storage

The benefit of custom joinery is that you can make use of every nook and cranny in the kitchen. For example, you might have a space between appliances such as the oven and fridge into which you can build a sliding pantry. The frontal width may be relatively narrow, but the depth will equal the appliance depth. Thus, once pulled out, it will provide a bookcase-size series of shelves for spices and kitchen staples — in a close and handy location. 

Closet Conversion

Sometimes you need to think laterally and devise creative solutions. If you've exhausted every centimetre of the kitchen area, what about looking beyond to other regions. For example, do you have a nearby linen closet that you could transform into a pantry area for less frequently used items? Custom joinery allows you to come up with unique solutions that work in your home.

Thus, with personalised cabinetry, you can maximise the kitchen storage and counters with creative solutions.  A custom-fit kitchen island allows you to consider the available floor area, and either construct a fixed or movable structure. Plus, you can tailor the shelves and cupboards for your habits and tastes. You can reclaim ignored space, such as that between appliances, and also add a smart chopping board that disappears from view.  Even venturing outside the kitchen can reap rewards — you might locate a wasted closet area that is perfect for your needs.

Reach out to a local remodelling contractor to learn more about custom joinery.