Not all kitchen storage is created equal. Work with your kitchen designer to create a bespoke set-up that works best for your space and your needs. 

ledbury studio drawer storage

Image: Ledbury Studio 

One of the greatest joys of a new kitchen is the unpacking of your boxes into your new space, especially when you’ve worked hard to ensure that everything has its place in your new kitchen.

Storage is one of those elements that’s best left to the professionals to come up with the best design for your space, working to your brief of what you want to store. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go into your design meeting armed with ideas, and these nine storage solutions can all help to add more storage, and a better quality of storage at that. 

Drawers within drawers 

kitchen drawers with extra storage - home improvements - grand designs

Image: Ledbury Studio 

From cutlery to pan, drawers offer one of the most useful forms of kitchen storage. However, traditionally, they’re not as flexible in meeting design with function as standard cupboards which can contain many shelves within a single cupboard door. The modern kitchen however can use multiple drawers inside a single drawer front, ensuring the outside remains sleek and unfussy, while the inside is adapted to your specific needs, and only sacrificing a minimal amount of storage space in the process. 

Cabinet door storage 

blue kitchen cabinetry with storage inside - home improvements - grand designs

Image: Day True 

Adding variety to your storage will help you use it smartly. For example, sacrificing a small amount of shelf width in a standard cupboard can mean you can opt for these door mounted racks, perfect for storing smaller items and spices that rattle around on a shelf and are hard to organise otherwise. A worthy trade off. 

Read more: How to create an efficient kitchen layout

Clever corners 

corner pantry in traditional kitchen - grand designs

Image: Masterclass kitchens 

Corners can be tricky to work around in a kitchen to make the most of storage. Swinging, pull out shelving is an option, but often leads to food or kitchenwares being lost to the back of the cupboard. This corner pantry from Masterclass is a clever, full functional way to make use of a corner space. 


kitchen with a fluted glass pantry - grand designs

Image: Mowlem & Co 

If you have the room, or are building your own space, creating a pantry is a perfect way to keep your food organised and easy to view. Rather than creating a dark pantry with no windows, this fluted glass design from Mowlem & Co’s Kin range obscures the pantry from view, but borrows the natural light from the kitchen. 

Pocket doors 

hidden kitchen pocket doors in oak - grand designs

Image: Veneer and custom veneered white oak cabinetry, Jack Trench 

The trend for streamlining kitchen designs by hiding swathes behind closed doors (see the coffee or breakfast station) has led to a huge movement towards the use of pocket doors. These doors can store away at a right angle within a small pocket in the cabinetry, allowing for storage to be both open and closed, without doors getting in the way of the functionality of the kitchen. 

Read more: How to design an invisible kitchen

Stretch to the ceiling 

green kitchen with floor to ceiling storage- grand designs

Image: Blakes London

The traditional void between upper cabinetry and the ceiling is being re-examined in modern space-strapped times. By extending all the way to the ceiling, you can create extra storage room, however, it may make the space feel smaller. Using cabinetry with inset glass will help retain this feeling though by adding a sense of depth to this otherwise solid wall of cabinetry. 

Plinth storage 

Blum SPACE STEP kitchen plinth storage - grand designs

Image: Blum 

Likewise, extend your storage to the very bottom of your kitchen design. Storage ideas like Blum’s SPACE STEP allow for storage in kitchen plinths, but also a clever step that’s strong enough to stand on to help you extend to those newly heightened kitchen cabinets which would otherwise be out of reach. 


For more kitchen inspiration, why not read Grand Designs magazine digitally for free now by registering your details



A guide to choosing your kitchen worktop

Buyer's guide: smart kitchen taps

How to manage your self-build during the coronavirus crisis

Kevins Column

Grand Designs Live Online: Self Build & Renovation Weekend 31 July – 1 August 2021

Discover free home project advice and product recommendations from the comfort of your own home. Register now to express your interest.
Home Improvements

Why resin floors are perfect for modern living

Resin flooring is growing in popularity in modern homes – it’s ideal for open plan living, sustainable and hard-wearing. We take a closer look…
Home Improvements

Elevate your kitchen with a designer cooker hood

Ensure the air in your kitchen is fresh and well-ventilated with a stylish cooker hood to match your space and cooking needs
Home Improvements

Where to shop for luxury household appliances and white goods

Why settle for average appliances when you can have ones that make life easier and look great too? We delve into an award-winning range of...
Home Improvements

Why triple glazing is the best option for your home

Is triple glazing really better than double? We look at the potential energy savings, security and acoustic performance of that extra pane…
Home Improvements

How to successfully landscape a garden

Whether reworking an uninspiring corner in your garden or designing a spacious plot from scratch, you’ll need a strategy, a budget and some expert help...
Home Improvements

How to get the perfect gravel driveway

Gravel driveways are a classic way to finish your home’s exterior, but can drift, shift and sink, leaving a messy finish. We look at a...