Large or small, a kitchen has to function well for you to get the most out of it, whether that means great meals, great entertaining or both.
Accessibility is the main ingredient. And one element that is globally useful, whether you’re a top chef or an ace sandwich maker, are storage features that pull out or pull up.
Designing a high-performance kitchen requires an in-depth knowledge of your household’s unique needs and habits. In a large kitchen, you don’t want to have to run from one end to the other while trying to prepare a meal. In a small kitchen, unpiling and unstacking is cumbersome and irritating when you’re trying to get things done. Pull-up or pullout components have the power to increase your kitchen’s usability tremendously.
Studio Marler, original photo on Houzz
Rollout spice drawers are an effective, efficient use of space. Dress them up with unique hardware (and custom door fronts), as shown in this design, and you’ve got yourself what looks like beautiful built-in furniture.
Showcase your rollout vertical storage by accenting the drawer front with a contrasting material and different hardware.
Craftsman Design and Renovation, original photo on Houzz
Creating a pullout cooking utensil station for spoons, spatulas and oven mitts is an ingenious use of the rollout storage idea. A pegboard or perforated metal backing creates an easy (and affordable) backdrop for stress-free reachability.
Pullout drawers like this are also great for trash and recycling storage. Out of sight, out of mind (and smell).
Full-height rollout cabinets give you even more storage opportunities — and, in some cases, can serve as a pantry of sorts, if space is limited. Casters can provide additional support when needed.
Churreria Photography, original photo on Houzz
The kitchen is located along one side of this tiny apartment. All the necessary elements are neatly integrated — refrigerator, cooktop, sink, freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Even the dining table pulls out along with all the kitchen appliances at mealtimes.
Elad Goren, original photo on Houzz
What a lovely example of how small can be both functional and beautiful. The cabinet doors slide back into vertical compartments so door swings don’t take up extra space in the tight seating area, making mealtime elements reachable and beautiful.
Darren James Interiors, original photo on Houzz
In this design, I appreciate the addition of glass shelves, which let you see what’s buried behind the front row of goods.
Traditional Home Office, original photo on Houzz
The same ideas were employed here but in full-height doors that conceal a well-appointed kitchen landing pad.
Content by Killy Scheer of 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.