8 kitchen storage ideas

If you want to de-clutter your kitchen and make it more functional then try these simple and affordable D.I.Y. storage ideas.

Pull out all the stops

Pull-out baskets make it quick and easy to get your hands on everything you need. They’re easy to install and come in different shapes and sizes to suit even the narrowest spaces. There are also pull-out bins that will not only save you space but also keep your rubbish hidden away. You could even put in a pull-out chopping board above the bin to make it easier to dispose of your scraps.

Divide and conquer

Beat the clutter in your kitchen with some dividers in your drawers. It’s a clever way to keep everything organised. You can also install adjustable dowel pegs upright inside your drawers, which can be shifted around to suit different sized items. Separate and categorise your pots from your pans so that you’re not sifting through a jumble of metal every time you are looking for a particular item.

Stick with magnets

Make the most of the space in your kitchen with magnetic strips. Install them on a wall or splashback so that you can hang your knives or utensils just above your benchtop to keep them within reach. You can also put magnets inside cabinet walls or doors.

Gap fillers

If you’ve got a spare wall or two in your kitchen then make the most of that space by mounting some cabinets or shelves. You can even leave the doors off your cabinets to show off cookbooks and your more decorative plates, bowls and cups. An open shelving unit or even a towel stand can perform the same function.

Container everything

A good solid container will save space and look great. Store food in airtight containers to keep it fresh and safe from pests. Label the containers and stack them neatly on top of each other to fit more into smaller spaces.

You can avoid rummaging around for larger items like chopping boards or trays by storing them in a wicker basket or two. You can even use some old decorative tins or glass bottles to keep all your utensils and supplies.

Think outside the box

You don’t just have to use traditional kitchen storage solutions. Re-purposing other household items can work just as well and serve as an interesting design feature.

Office organisers like document trays or a file rack are a great way to store your dishes. While a toolbox can make a handy utensil holder.

You can even install a sliding trouser rack under your benchtop as a makeshift utensil drawer. While a tool pegboard and hooks that you’d ordinarily use in the garage is perfect for hanging knives, utensils, pots or pans.

Rack and stack

You can create more room in your pantry by installing racks and shelves. Lazy Susan baskets make it easier to access items that might ordinarily get lost at the back of your cupboard; the same goes for sliding and rotating baskets. There are also plenty of shelf stackers that you can build up to maximise the space, and tea towel racks so that you don’t end up with wet tea towels lying around the kitchen.

Behind closed doors

Your doors can actually double as handy space savers. Suspending some racks on the inside of cabinet doors is a great way to store condiments, jars and spices. Try putting in some hooks to hang your utensils, pans or chopping boards. Or screw on a couple of towel rails that you can hang those same items on. You can even add rails, racks or hooks to the inside of you kitchen door. Leave it wide open up against your kitchen wall and you’ve got yourself another pantry space.

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Find out how easy it is to install pantry pull-out baskets.
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