Smarter Ways to Use Your Kitchen Cabinets and Spice Drawers
Reduce counter clutter and make the most of your kitchen space with these clever ideas to make your cabinets and spice drawers work harder.
Most spice racks are corny — there, we said it. A better idea is to keep that jumble of little jars and tins off your counter and hidden away in a drawer. This clever spice rack insert ($60 for a 16-inch-wide rack) fits most standard drawers and easily can be trimmed to fit odd sizes. The angled shelves hold spice jars so it’s easy to read labels.
Smarter Ways to Use Your Kitchen Cabinets and Spice DrawersDIY Rack
A little imagination can put the backs of cabinet doors to good use. Here, a mail-order magazine filing box ($5) makes a handy holder for odd-size items, putting them close at hand when the door is opened. Note that the second shelf of your cabinet has to be recessed for this trick to work.
Smarter Ways to Use Your Kitchen Cabinets and Spice DrawersMess-B-Gone
There’s no denying it — a bunch of spatulas and big stirring spoons stuck in a canister on your kitchen counter always looks messy. But an experienced cabinetmaker may have some tricks up a sleeve. The makers of these cabinets devised a utensil drawer. They purchased stainless steel crocks ($15) online, and fitted them into circular holes cut into a plywood insert.
Smarter Ways to Use Your Kitchen Cabinets and Spice DrawersDrawers to the Rescue
Bending over to peer into the recesses of lower cabinets is a drag. Better to bring cabinet contents to light with a pull-out drawer. Drawer partitions help keep stuff organized and easy-to-find. Adding a pull-out drawer tacks $135-$210 onto the price of the cabinet.
Smarter Ways to Use Your Kitchen Cabinets and Spice DrawersPartition Possibilities
Establish a little order for awkward-to-store items with a tray cabinet — a base cabinet made especially for baking pans, cutting boards, and other large, flat items. It includes partition walls so you can easily spot what you’re looking for. A tray cabinet is a standard offering from most cabinet manufacturers — you’ll pay a modest 10% premium over the cost of a regular base cabinet.
Smarter Ways to Use Your Kitchen Cabinets and Spice DrawersYour Hidden Side
You can squeeze extra storage out of your kitchen cabinet design — if you know where to look. This narrow cabinet fits unobtrusively on the side of an upper cabinet and opens to reveal a key rack and message board. Be sure to check with your cabinet designer or supplier so you can explore all the options available for your particular cabinet layout.
Smarter Ways to Use Your Kitchen Cabinets and Spice DrawersMedia Magic
Keep your favorite tablet apps front and center without using up counter space. Adjustable media holders ($50) clamp securely to upper cabinets so you can conveniently keep recipes and YouTube cooking instructions right at your fingertips.