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Five Small Updates to Add More Storage to Your Kitchen

If you want to add extra storage to your kitchen, a full-scale renovation may be the most effective option, but if you're not quite at that stage, there are lots of small updates that can help. Take a look at these ideas. They will help expand the storage space in your kitchen, and you can do many of these projects on your own.

1. Add Storage Above Your Cabinets

Many kitchens have empty space between the tops of the cabinets and the ceiling. You can utilise this space by placing books, appliances and other items on top of the cabinets, but if you want more discreet storage, you may want to add a series of tracks and sliding doors to this area. That gives you extra storage space, and you don't even need to invest in new cabinets.

2. Utilise Dead Spaces

Look around your kitchen for dead spaces. For instance, some L-shaped cabinets may have a dead space in the corner. This is an extra space underneath your countertops that can't be accessed by a door. However, if you cut an opening and add a door, you can use that extra space for storage.

3. Maximise Existing Cupboard Space

Even if you don't have dead spaces, you may still be able to squeeze some extra room out of your existing cabinets. For instance, if you have trouble reaching to the back of a cabinet, you may want to use shelves that pull out for easy access. If you're only storing short items in a cabinet with high shelves, you may want to add extra shelves so you can store more items. Additionally, you may want to add spice racks to the inside of doors to optimise that space.

4. Add an Island

If there's room in your kitchen for an island, that's a very effective way to add extra space. You can even make your own island. Find some free standing kitchen cabinets or even repurpose an old dresser or a china hutch. Then, add a butcher block on top. Now, you've got an extra work surface and some nice storage.

5. Don't Forget the Ceiling

In most kitchens, there's unused storage space right above you. You can hang metal bowls to hold onions and potatoes from the ceiling. You can add contemporary racks for wine glasses or racks to hold pots and pans. In most cases, you just buy the racks you want and attach them to a beam in the ceiling.

For more tips on creating more storage in your kitchen, contact a professional renovator. They can help you with ideas and making your vision a reality.