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9 Ideas to Squeeze in More Kitchen Storage

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Not all cabinet features have to be doors and drawers. In this island cabinet, a tucked-away cubby takes the place of a drawer and becomes the perfect hideaway for those clunky rolls of paper towels. The towel dispenser is strategically located near the sink and main countertop work surface.


Credit: Traditional Homes Magazine

Image: Traditional Homes Magazine
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  • Corner cabinets are notorious for storing kitchen items — forever! With its deep further recesses, a corner cabinet is the Bermuda Triangle of your kitchen. Fortunately, clever kitchen cabinet manufacturers are finding ways to shed light on this Neverland. This cabinet is a combination door and drawer — swinging open the door brings with it all the contents of your corner cabinet.


    Credit: Kvänum Kitchen, exclusive kitchen manufacturer from Sweden

  • Got tall ceilings your kitchen? Then you’ve got great storage space. Those high-flying upper kitchen cabinets will never be out of reach when you add a rolling library ladder that makes everyday access easy. Ladder kits designed to fit your space cost $350 to $1,000.


    Credit: Kvänum Kitchen, exclusive kitchen manufacturer from Sweden

  • With an eye to all that unused space above her upper cabinets, this savvy home owner moved her uppers to the ceiling and added an easy-to-reach open shelf. The additional space is perfect for canisters, spice jars, and books. Finishing the cabinets with crown moulding and a fresh coat of white paint is a great budget-minded kitchen facelift.


    Credit: Anne Turner Carroll, designer & home owner / Erica George Dines, photographer

  • Not all cabinet features have to be doors and drawers. In this island cabinet, a tucked-away cubby takes the place of a drawer and becomes the perfect hideaway for those clunky rolls of paper towels. The towel dispenser is strategically located near the sink and main countertop work surface.


    Credit: Traditional Homes Magazine

  • Interior walls, floors, and ceilings are mostly hollow. Although pipes, wires, and ducts run between framing members, some of these spaces are free and clear, and can be converted to shelving and storage, like this modern interpretation of a traditional Japanese idea. Here, an under-the-floor solution provides storage for lesser-used kitchen items, such as seasonal tablecloths and extra dishes.


    Credit: Azby Brown / “The Very Small Home” / Nakagaike House, Tokyo

  • Older homes often have their quirks — short walls and bump-outs that may actually be hollow. If you’re brave enough to open up walls to investigate, you might discover unused space that can be converted to storage. Here, an old air duct chase that’s no longer in service makes an ideal open kitchen cupboard — a clever storage solution.


    Credit: Friday is Pizza, Monday is Soup

  • Commercial-styled wheeled shelving puts kitchen storage right where you need it. Other kinds of movable kitchen storage include work islands, wine racks, and computer stations. For $100 to $500, movable storage is a good investment — you can take it with you when you move to another house.


    Credit: Anitta Behrendt

  • Who says you have to use closets to hang clothes or stash brooms? With a little carpentry work, this former broom closet was converted to a handy pantry. Pull-out shelves bring everything into view — no fumbling around the back of shelves for that last jar of pickled beans.


    Credit: Shelf Genie

  • A happy medium between solid- and open-front cabinets, these sleek uppers feature small openings that flash hints of what’s inside. Pure white walls, ceiling, and cabinets reflect lots of light — an especially smart strategy when it comes to kitchen remodeling.


    Credit: Helén Pe/Choice Stockholm

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  • Image: Kvänum Kitchen, exclusive kitchen manufacturer from Sweden
  • Image: Kvänum Kitchen, exclusive kitchen manufacturer from Sweden
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