Kitchen and cabinet designers are constantly coming up with solutions to make working in your kitchen easier and more functional. Here are some of the best ideas they’re sharing on Houzz.
Main Street Kitchens at Botellos, original photo on Houzz
Lids and containers together. Traditional cabinets are simply not set up to help us keep lids and containers together. They become jumbled space hogs in upper cabinets, and lids disappear into the lowers, never to be found again. Organizing food storage containers is always a challenge. This tiered pullout insert will ensure that you’ll never be digging through a mess looking for the right lid again.
Amazing Spaces, original photo on Houzz
Easy cutting. This pullout is so clever. It has a nice extension for chopping at counter height, and when both drawers are pulled out, you can swipe the waste directly through the hole into the bin.
Toe-kick drawers. This is such a clever solution, as if someone was looking at a kitchen and saying, ‘”Hmm, there simply must be more inches around here somewhere,” then looked down at their feet and had a light-bulb-over-the-head moment. There’s valuable space lurking beneath those lower cabinets.
Cookie sheets and cutting boards. These pieces are shallow but hard to find a good spot for. If you don’t have the aforementioned toe-kick drawers, they wind up toppling over pots and pans or getting buried beneath them. A narrow cabinet takes up very little room and can house cutting boards and baking sheets. And check out how well-organized the spices are in the adjacent drawer.
A pullout under the kitchen sink. What Lies Beneath is an ominous and scary movie title that also applies to the space under the kitchen sink. I don’t know about you, but no matter how hard I try, this area winds up a jumble of dish soap, dishwasher detergent, trash bags and a ridiculous amount of paper towels. (I keep forgetting to cancel that bulk order on Amazon Subscribe and Save!) Most disturbingly, the fire extinguisher winds up getting buried in the back instead of being front and center where it should be. A pullout drawer would be so much better than kneeling and blindly digging around down there with one hand.
Racks for linens. Tablecloths can be tricky to store. Mine are folded up in a drawer, which means they desperately need ironing when I pull them out to use them. And I hate ironing, so they just look bad when I put them on the table with all of those fold marks in them. This solution keeps them much more dinner-party-ready.
Dura Supreme Cabinetry, original photo on Houzz
Small-appliance solutions. As many savvy Houzzers pointed out in the Comments in a recent Kitchen of the Week story, these mixers are heavy. This solution lifts a cumbersome kitchen appliance like a mixer up to countertop level with ease.
Schuler Cabinetry, original photo on Houzz
Deep pullouts. Other small appliances like blenders and smoothie makers can be stashed in deep pullouts like this one, which is camouflaged as a lower cabinet door.
Brighton Home Products, original photo on Houzz
Utensil canister inserts. Easy access to these cooking tools is imperative, but they don’t fit into silverware organizers and often wind up in a canister on the counter. These deep drawers with built-in canisters are an elegant and convenient solution.
Schuler Cabinetry, original photo on Houzz
The banquette stash. Lift-up bench tops are great for stashing items in your banquette, but a drawer like this means you don’t have to move cushions, pillows or people around when accessing that hidden storage.
A hidden place for charging. Speaking of counter clutter, personal devices are the worst. And they’re full of germs — not a good mix with surfaces where you prepare food. Charging drawers keep them tucked away, safe from spills and ready for playing podcasts and looking up recipes while you’re working in the kitchen.
Now I can’t stop thinking about those germs. Stash a packet of cleaning wipes in here too.
Upper cabinet storage below. With open shelving and windows where our china and glassware storage used to be, lower cabinets need to work much harder and smarter these days.
The Lazy Susan alternative. Blind corner cabinets have a lot of extra space that can be difficult to access. And that Susan, she is lazy. When I think of her, I think of cereal boxes toppling over whenever I give her a spin.
Content by Becky Harris for Houzz.com. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts, and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.