7 design ideas for better kitchen storage

From clever corners to plinth drawers, make sure you leave no space untapped

By Hugh Metcalf | 13 January 2022

Kitchen storage is one of the most important elements to get right in this busy space, so work with your kitchen designer at the outset to create a set-up that works for your day-to-day needs. These clever solutions 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.