There aren’t too many feelings as great as working in a kitchen that makes fantastic use of space. It’s the difference between cooking because you have to and cooking because you want to. It’s the difference between getting on a highway on a spring day with the windows down and going full speed non-stop to your destination or coming off the ramp straight into a stop-and-go traffic mess.
Space is a big part of this feeling, however, and let’s face it – it’s easy to start to feel crowded once pans, cutting boards, knives, and ingredients start hitting the kitchen counter. If you’re finding yourself spending more time looking for kitchen counter space these days than cooking, then read on!
We learned a very important lesson when we started building buildings that had more than one floor: You don’t always have to build out. You can build up! The same idea applies to the space in your kitchen.
Kitchen stores, organizer stores, and designers are finding new and incredibly innovative ways to stack items and store them vertically rather than spread out across a surface. Drawers, nets, and custom structures built onto the kitchen counter itself can all be used to store goods, utensils, and even appliances.
At the same time, a well-mounted rack or other hanging storage solution can be used above you to keep vertical storage from walling off your counter. Pots, pans, and other larger cooking implements can be suspended above you while more commonly-used items can be stored at arm’s length on the kitchen counter itself.
Walls Aren’t Just for Pictures
A sturdy wall rack can be used to move a ton of items off of your counters and into a more useful space. These racks provide a functional, but also visually appealing, way to store pans, knives, glassware, cooking utensils, and countless other items. When partnered with a keen eye for design, the end effect is one that creates a welcoming space but also declares that food preparation is taken seriously here. A kitchen should be a place of comfort, but, don’t be afraid to take some pride in the foodie in you as well!
Know When to Buy New
Much like the beat up, old sweater you refuse to get rid of because it’s just so comfortable, sometimes things just reach the end of their functional life span. Kitchen counters can be the same way. You can try all of the tricks in the book to make it work in your space but sometimes you just have to tear it out of there, thank it for everything it has helped you prepare over the years, and replace it.
A well-stocked home improvement store, like Sidetex, will have the inventory to give you the choices you need and the staff to help guide your decision. We can also help with any preliminary planning. Projects like these can be intimidating – we know that as well as anyone! But we’re here to help you make the most of the space you have with the budget that you have available.
Contact us today to speak with a member of our sales staff or to make an appointment to discuss some design options!