17 Hacks That Will Revolutionise Your Kitchen Space
A few tweaks to your kitchen will turn it from a necessary space to the most popular room in the house.
Single-bowl sinks will seem more spacious but take up less room that a double-bowl sink.
Various types of fold-out and sliding shelf devices will make corner cabinet space more useable.
Cabinet-depth refrigerators stick out about 15cm to 20cm in front of your cabinets, robbing you of valuable floor space and crowding passageways.
If you’re designing a new kitchen, consider buying a shallow-depth refrigerator.
It’ll make your kitchen seem much more spacious, and depending on the floor plan, may even allow you to gain cabinet space across from the refrigerator.
Kitchen islands are more popular than ever, but because you need at least 90cm all around an island for walking space, they just don’t fit in most small kitchens.
A rolling kitchen cart will give you many of the benefits of an island and is more versatile.
Moving some of your bulkier or seldom-used items out of the kitchen and into a nearby pantry can free up a lot of space.
You may have extra space in a nearby closet or hallway where pantry shelves would fit.
A pantry could be as simple as adjustable shelves on wall standards or a more elaborate built-in cabinet.
Good lighting helps by allowing you to make the best use of the space you have.
Dimly lit or shadowy countertops are hard to work at.
Adding undercabinet lights is a great way to make the countertops more useful while making a small kitchen feel larger.
Pull out solutions are perfect for small kitchens as they allow a decent amount of extra kitchen counter space with a very small footprint.
And a pull-out cutting board is perfect for food prep, cookbooks or for extra storage.
Plus, when you are done, you can simply slide it back into the cabinet.
Part countertop and part table, a drop leaf surface is a great way to maximise kitchen counter space.
And install on the wall or on the side of a base cabinet to extend the length of your fixed countertop.
This drop-down storage tray is ideal for keeping your cookbook or tablet dry and out of harm’s way while cooking your favourite recipe. Best of all, it’s simple to make.
Every homeowner wants to keep their tools organised – and that includes home chefs!
A rolling toolbox is a perfect alternative to a kitchen cart, is mobile and looks pretty good to boot.
Keep condiments and spices in an easy-to-carry rack to free up countertop space.
You always want salt, cooking oils and your favorite spices next to the stove because you use them every day.
But they don’t have to take up valuable counter space full time.
Place them all in a caddy that you can instantly stow in a cabinet after cooking.
You’ll find caddies in various shapes, sizes and prices at any store that sells kitchenware.
Pull-down racks give you instant access to kitchen essentials without the clutter of spice racks or knife holders.
When the cooking is done, the rack swings up against the underside of the cabinet.
The acrylic knife rack like the one shown here, or buy a pair of hinges only and make your own wooden rack to hold knives, spices or other small items that take up counter space.
For serious coffee drinkers, stowing the coffeemaker inside a cabinet just doesn’t make sense; you’ll only have to pull it out again in a few hours.
Here’s a solution: An under-cabinet coffeemaker is always available and doesn’t take up valuable counter space.
Splashback racks offer easy access and stylish storage.
Most versions take just a few minutes to install.
Backsplash racks have a few disadvantages, though.
All your kitchen utensils have to look good, since they’re on display.
And if you ever decide to remove the rack, you’ll be left with screw holes in the backsplash; not a big problem with drywall, but ugly and unfixable in tile.
Replace that countertop TV with an under-cabinet model.
On most models, the screen folds up and out of your way when not in use.
Basic models include a radio, and pricier versions play CDs or DVDs too.
Under-cabinet TVs are easy to mount – all you need is a drill and a screwdriver.
Use those leftover closet racks as cabinet organizers.
Trim the racks to length with a hacksaw and then mount screws to the backside of the face frame to hold the racks in place.
The backside of the rack simply rests against the back of the cabinet.
Now you can easily find your soup and check the rest of your inventory at a glance.
T-molding designed for wood floor transitions makes a perfect rack for stemware.
Just cut it to length, predrill screw holes and screw it to the underside of a shelf.
For a neater look, use brass screws and finish washers. Prefinished T-molding is available wherever wood flooring is sold.
A 1.2m section costs around $25.