How to Add More Storage to Your Kitchen Design

April 12, 2018

No matter how much storage you plan for your future kitchen, it’s never enough! Once homeowners start using it, the space just seems to disappear – even if it seemed like enough in the beginning. If you’re mapping out your custom kitchen, and you aren’t sure where to put that oblong pan, here’s how you can add more storage to your kitchen design:

1. Opting for a Walk-In Pantry

Closets are great, but when it comes storing food and other kitchen supplies, a walk-in pantry can be a lifesaver. The increased space can make it easier to organize your supplies, which also makes creating shopping lists a breeze.

Having increased storage space for food lets you position everything in a way that can be easily seen as well, saving you from having to find that one hidden ingredient at a crucial point in your cooking. Plus, if you have dogs or small children, a walk-in pantry can be gated off, keeping your food safe from rummaging paws or tiny hands.

2. Adding Cabinets Above and Below

If you want to get creative with your cabinets, while also adding more storage space, consider adding additional cabinetry near the floor or higher up. Typical installation examples of higher cabinets include placing them above appliances like refrigerators or stoves.

Depending on how much you need to store, it may also be useful to put a smaller row of cabinets above your standard cabinets for seldom-used items. In a similar fashion, sliding drawers can be placed below cabinets to further increase the available kitchen storage. This can also help you better organize kitchen cabinets.

3. Built-In Shelving for Built-In Storage

You can take kitchen storage to the next level with built-in shelving. If adding a cabinet doesn’t make sense for the space you’re planning, you can often take advantage of the space by adding shelves or building them into the space instead. This allows you to include even more storage space into your kitchen design without cluttering it up. It’s also a tactic you can use to add more storage to your bedroom design, bathroom design, or other rooms.

4. Filling In Your Kitchen Island

Many homeowners opt for islands with foot rails for a dining bar instead of storage space. Although these types of kitchen islands are convenient for cozy breakfasts, they don’t do much for storage. Try going with a kitchen island with cupboard space and drawers instead.

How you plan to use a kitchen island and your kitchen layout can help you choose the right kitchen island size. If it will be large enough, you can also opt for both and include the dining bar while also enjoying the benefits of extra storage! The additional space is one of the benefits of kitchen islands and will come in handy, especially for things like coffee beans, dog food bags, flour, etc.

5. Including an Appliance Garage

An appliance garage can look like a cabinet, but doesn’t always. It’s a dedicated space in your kitchen design that is meant to house appliances. A well-designed and well-placed appliance garage keeps appliances within reach and convenient to use without taking up valuable counter space or storage in other areas. 

These are flexible and customizable features, so there are a lot of appliance garage ideas that can work well in any kitchen design if this is something you want. A dedicated cabinet is a popular option for an appliance garage. You can also include one in the kitchen island, in a panty, as a slide-out or pull-out, and more. 

6. Don’t Forget Accessories

Once you have the structure planned out and designed, you can gain a little more storage space in your kitchen by adding some accessories to help with organization. Between pegboards, metal hook hanging systems, and magnets, there are a ton of different ways to incorporate some organizational hacks into your kitchen decor. Oftentimes, this makes using the kitchen more efficient by keeping your most-used items within reach and it also frees up cabinet or shelf space for something else.

Including plenty of storage in your kitchen is one of the kitchen trends that will never go out of style. What does your dream kitchen look like? Contact Custom Home Group for help in planning out the custom home you want, with the kitchen you will love!