Making the most of what you’ve already got
Kitchens are busy rooms – where space is often at a premium. Keeping things neat and tidy, particularly when we’re busy, can be a challenge. So, it’s no surprise that many of us would love our kitchens to feel more spacious and better organised, helping to make the time we spend there less frantic and more enjoyable.
Adding extra cabinets or extending isn’t always a practical solution to small space problems, so we’ve compiled a list of twelve inspiring ideas to help you find room for the things you need and love in your kitchen. They’re all quick and easy, and won’t need a lots of tools to complete - so you can make a big difference in a small amount of time.
With a place for everything and everything in its place, you can relax and enjoy your kitchen that little bit more.
Our top tips
Plan your storage space
In every kitchen, there are items that you use daily, some that you use rarely, and – if we’re being honest – some that have sat there doing nothing since you got them.
Whatever you’re storing, it makes sense to organise them accordingly – keeping everyday items to hand and sending obscure utensils to the back of the cupboard. We’ve designed our Caraway cabinets, Soto drawers and Pebre storage solutions to help. They help to give you easy access to everyday items and enough space to store the rest away.
When organising your items, sort them into different ‘zones’ according to what they’re used for:
- Food preparation (wall and base cabinets)
- Small appliances and utensils (wall and base cabinets)
- Cooking (above and below appliances)
- Washing & cleaning (below the sink)
- Food & perishables (in full-height cabinets)
For the most-used items, store them closer to the centre (at the top of base cabinets and bottom of wall cabinets) so you can access them easily. Items that you don’t use as often can be stored at the top of wall cabinets and bottom of base cabinets.
Pick the perfect cabinets
When choosing kitchen cabinets, there are lots of options, depending on what you want to store and the space you have to fill.
Tall wall cabinets are a great solution for making the most of the space all the way up to your ceiling, offering more storage capacity for items you don’t use so often.
Larder storage units offer up to 50% more usable space than a wall and base cabinet combination by making use of what would otherwise be a worktop or dead space in front of a wall cabinet. You can add appliances, drawers or shelves – tailor it to suit your kitchen storage needs.
Wall cabinets are shallower, and when used as a base cabinet they can save you floor space whilst still allowing you to use your work surface.
If you want to showcase items in your kitchen, open bridging units and wine racks can help you create that decorative feel. These can be used instead of a wall or base cabinet, and are available in an array of different finishes.
Make the most of drawer space
Drawers help maximise the amount of usable space and make it easier to separate items with dividers. Investing in more drawers at a base level can reduce the amount you need to bend down to reach things at the back of the cabinet. Plus, it can reduce the amount of wall cabinets you need, while full extension drawers give an easier overview of fiddly items like utensils or plastic containers.
Our Soto drawers offer two drawer heights (standard & deep) that can be used as external or internal ‘hidden’ drawers. Standard height drawers are perfect for cutlery, utensils, and other small items – especially when used with our Nitaki cutlery trays. Choose deep drawers for pots, pans, dinnerware and plastic containers, as well as bulky food items like cereal, rice or tinned food.
With GoodHome Soto drawers, you can also create storage towers – a full-height cabinet full of internal drawers, offering a huge amount of storage that you can tailor to meet your needs. We also have a nifty plinth drawer to help you make use of the unused space below your cabinets.
Once your drawers have been installed, it’s easy to divide them further with the use of our Soto drawer dividers. Our standard drawers are also compatible with our Nitaki cutlery trays available in two finishes (plastic and bamboo) in a mix-and-match range that you can pick and choose from to suit the items you need to store.
Use corner space
Every kitchen has corners – and they can be one of the trickiest things to utilise in a room where you want easy access to everything. However, there’s a lot of storage potential in every corner of your kitchen if you utilise them correctly. There are two types of corner in kitchen design terms; L-shape corners and blind corners.
L-shape corners can be used in a base or wall cabinet and allow full access to the contents of the cabinet. A corner post attaches to the door with 170° hinges, so that they can be opened widely. In an L-shape corner on a base cabinet, you can use our Pebre corner carousel to help organise the space, create more storage, and make everything easier to access by simply rotating the shelves.
A blind corner can be used in a base or wall cabinet however it only provides partial access. A corner post attaches to the door with 170° hinges, so that they can be opened widely. In a blind base corner, you have two internal storage options. Our Pebre pull-out corner allows full access to everything in your cupboard, with shelves that attach to the door and swing out of the cupboard. Alternatively, our Pebre space corner offers more storage than the pull out, but does not pull out of the cupboard fully, giving you slightly less access to what’s inside.
Keep your worktops tidy
The [Budu[(/search?term=budu) kitchen trolley helps utilise floor space in your kitchen by offering additional flexible worktop space with a built-in chopping board, as well as storage in the form of removable plastic trays. When not in use, it’s the perfect height to be tucked away beneath a worktop. Our Budu midway boxes are the perfect solution for small items, helping you make the most of the available space on your worktop without needing to fix anything to the wall.
Meanwhile, the Pecel magnetic panels help utilise unused wall space between base and wall cabinets. Customise your panel with an array of magnetic accessories that can help you keep utensils and kitchen sundries within easy reach while you cook.