Kitchen storage solutions

Innovative kitchen storage solutions

Exploit the potential of awkward and small spaces

By Paula Woods |

Making space in the kitchen is essential for both functionality and enhancing efficiency. Kitchen storage solutions can gift ample countertop space will allow for comfortable meal preparation while reducing the chances of accidents and spillages.

Adequate storage ensures that cooking equipment and ingredients are easily accessible making cooking a more pleasurable experience. An organised and spacious kitchen can become a hub for social gatherings and encourages time to be spent in what is commonly known as ‘the heart of the home.’

These storage ideas can help a difficult or cosy kitchen space function properly.

Add a built-in cupboard

Turn a recess or alcove into a cupboard with fitted shelves and custom-made glazed, solid timber or composite timber doors.

Kitchen storage solutions

Made-to-order assembled cabinets primed for painting, from British Standard Cupboards. Sensations oak laminate by Carpetright

As you like it

Modular wall-mounted shelving systems are adaptable to the available space. Measure up and plan the arrangement before buying, but you can add more pieces later on.

Kungsfors suspension rails, shelves, hanging rails and wall grid in stainless steel and ash veneer by Ikea

Slide to reveal

Do away with searching for something at the back of a base cabinet with an ergonomic pullout that extends outwards to its full depth.

Kitchen storage solutions

Bespoke, handcrafted Truffle stained oak and Pitch Black cabinets with antique brass handles. Krantz Designs 

Plunder the depths

Space-enhancing drawer and cupboard interiors are essential. Tiered drawers make use of the entire opening – cutlery fits in a shallow pullout above tableware or cookware.

Giza kitchen in reclaimed oak with stainless-steel worksurfaces, Wood Works Brighton

Create a little library

Why not specify the end of an island or a run of base units as shallow bookshelves? A few centimetres is all that’s needed to display a selection of cookbooks.

Kitchen storage solutions

Draycott kitchen in Copse Green and Dry Rose with quartz worksurfaces, Life Kitchens

Top work

Use vertical space by including cupboards or open shelves that reach to the ceiling. A step or library-style rolling ladder, with a fixed rest-on rail, enables easier access to less frequently used items kept on the upper level.

Bespoke Green Smoke and rough-sawn timber kitchen with brass lacquered library ladder and rail, from £55,000, Blakes London.

Bespoke Green Smoke and rough-sawn timber kitchen with brass lacquered library ladder and rail, from £55,000, Blakes London

Useful end piece

A tall open shelf unit attached to an island, peninsular or the end of a run of base cabinets is a straightforward retrofit build for a competent DIYer or joiner. Or specify as part of a new custom-made kitchen.

Kitchen storage solutions

Kitchen with Fenix Verde Comodoro fronts for Ikea units and custom shelving, £8,942 including cabinets, individual fronts from £200 for a 600x800mm door, Husk

The value of bespoke

Investing in a custom kitchen enables you to specify made-to-measure furniture as part of the scheme and exploit every centimetre of space, such as with this bench seat with drawers.

Holkham kitchen hand painted in Sage Green by Little Greene, Davonport

Look overhead

Hang ceiling-mounted shelves above an island or a dining table. Commission your bespoke kitchen company to make some that complement the scheme, or try Vaunt Design.

Kitchen storage solutions

Bespoke raw birch plywood and painted kitchen with plywood and steel hanging rack and concrete worksurfaces, from £25,000, The Main Company