7 clever kitchen storage ideas

Leave no space untapped with these innovative ways to keep clutter at bay

By Hugh Metcalf | 13 January 2022

It’s important to build plenty of kitchen storage into this busy space. Pots, pans, spices and kitchen gadgets all need a place to live, so work with a designer from the outset to create a set-up that works for your day-to-day needs. These solutions, from clever corners and pocket doors to plinth steps, are a great place to start.

1. Drawers within drawers

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.

kitchen drawers with extra storage - home improvements - grand designs

Image: Ledbury Studio

2. Cabinet door storage

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.

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

Image: Day True

Read more: How to create an efficient kitchen layout

3. Clever corners

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.

corner pantry in traditional kitchen - grand designs

Image: Masterclass kitchens

4. Kitchen pantry

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, a fluted glass design, like the one from Mowlem & Co’s Kin range pictured below, obscures the pantry from view, but borrows the natural light from the kitchen.

It’s important to build plenty of kitchen storage into this busy space. Pots, pans, spices and kitchen gadgets all need a place to live, so work with a designer from the outset to create a set-up that works for your day-to-day needs. These solutions, from clever corners and pocket doors to plinth steps, are a great place to start.

1. Drawers within drawers

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.

kitchen drawers with extra storage - home improvements - grand designs

Image: Ledbury Studio

2. Cabinet door storage

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.

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

Image: Day True

Read more: How to create an efficient kitchen layout

3. Clever corners

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.

corner pantry in traditional kitchen - grand designs

Image: Masterclass kitchens

4. Kitchen pantry

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, a fluted glass design, like the one from Mowlem & Co’s Kin range pictured below, obscures the pantry from view, but borrows the natural light from the kitchen.

Image: Mowlem & Co 

5. Pocket doors

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.

hidden kitchen pocket doors in oak - grand designs

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

6. Stretch to the ceiling

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.

green kitchen with floor to ceiling storage- grand designs

Image: Blakes London

7. Plinth storage

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.

Blum SPACE STEP kitchen plinth storage - grand designs

Image: Blum

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