by Elias Deukmajian | Kitchen Remodel
One of the most important qualities of any kitchen is the presence of adequate space and organization. Whether you have a small or large kitchen, everyone can benefit from a little more organization and clutter-free countertops. Those of us who have kitchens with limited space often need to come up with creative ways of expanding what’s already there. Short of knocking out a wall or two, utilizing the already-existing space may be the most effective way of expanding a kitchen. In this article, we’ll go over some of the tips and tricks that professionals in the kitchen remodeling industry use to help maximize a space to its fullest potential while staying within a tight budget.
Effective and creative ways to maximize your space
There isn’t a single way to make a kitchen space more efficient; in fact, how you decide to enhance your kitchen space will largely depend upon your own family and individual needs. Once you’ve gone through your kitchen and downsized to only items you use and want to keep, then the fun can really begin. Maximizing your kitchen space begins with finding a home for every item in the kitchen. Additionally, enhancing the amount of existing counter space means coming up with clever ways to hide appliances and other items that may clutter your countertops. Here are a few space-saving suggestions for how to make the most of your kitchen space:
Drawer and cabinet organizers
Cabinets come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re happy with your existing cabinetry aesthetically, but inside the space just doesn’t cut it, then you might benefit from some internal organization strategies. Cabinet shelving and partitions can help expand storage from bottom to top and right to left, allowing even the smallest cabinets to be effective storage-wise. Drawer organizers can also help you fit as much as possible into one small, sliding space.
Shelves and racks
The space between the top of the counter and the bottom of the cabinet often goes overlooked in terms of storage area. Another way to maximize your space is to install shelves and racks where you otherwise may not think to put them. For instance, organizing spices against your kitchen wall allows for easy access, but also keeps the counter clutter to a minimum.
So you’re happy with your cabinets, but wish there was space for just a few more—think upward! Expanding your kitchen all the way to the ceiling provides storage space for those items you don’t need very often, but want to keep around. Perfect for large appliances that you use only once a year.
In addition to thinking upward, also think downward when it comes to storage. The space below cabinetry often goes unused, when it’s actually a perfect place to install an extra drawer or two! Adding to existing cabinetry is rather simple, and can expand your storage significantly.
Maximizing storage involves thinking creatively. Hiding accessories by installing pull-out cutting boards and pull-out countertop storage solutions is a great way to maximize counter space and keep your kitchen looking clean and clutter free at all times without sacrificing the convenience of countertop storage.
Why it’s important to consult with a professional for space-saving ideas
Every decision you make regarding your kitchen storage and layout contributes to the overall value, function, and aesthetic of your home; therefore, it’s important to think out storage solutions carefully before executing them. Collaborating with a professional contractor who is familiar with kitchen remodels is an important first step, as it can help you establish a realistic budget as well as pull off often tricky adjustments to your already-existing kitchen.
Here at Kitchen Emporium, we have helped countless families and individuals with their kitchen remodel projects all over Southern California areas, including: the San Fernando Valley, San Diego, and San Marcos, CA. We don’t cut any corners, even if it means a bigger profit—our honesty, integrity, and quality of work are always our main priorities. When it comes to kitchen space-saving ideas, we pride ourselves on our creativity and ingenuity. If you’d like to collaborate with one of our helpful kitchen design experts, please contact us directly.