A kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s where we gather with our families and friends to do everything from cook and eat, to study, hang out, and socialize. Because this multi-purpose space gets so much use day in and day out, it’s a room that should be not only functional, but stylish, too.
There are many affordable ways you can add some practical charm to your kitchen.
Invest in a Rolling Island
If your kitchen could do with more storage and countertop space, consider purchasing a rolling island. Rolling islands are counter-height carts with built-in shelves and a butcher block top. They allow you to store things you regularly use for cooking and baking, and they can be rolled off to the side of the room or into a closet when not in use—both practical and attractive, right?
Float Some Shelves
Increase your storage with floating shelves. You need only minimal hardware to mount these, and they can open up your storage space while creating a more spacious looking kitchen at the same time. Use them to display dishes, hold spices, or to accommodate spice jars or baskets of things that you would ordinarily place inside drawers. Stack three or four shelves above one another for maximum effect.
Put Up a Utensil Hanger
If your drawer storage space is a little short, consider putting up a utensil hanger on your backsplash. Hangers fasten to your wall at the corners with minimal hardware, and they allow you to use hooks to hang all your spoons, spatulas, knives, and other utensils, freeing up important drawer space and keeping everything right at hand.
Hang a Pot Rack
When space is at a premium, you don’t want to have a lot of pots and pans cluttering up your cabinets. Invest in an overhead pot hanger instead, and get them out in the open where they can become a part of your décor and not a part of your clutter.
Look Up for Storage
In many kitchens, there is unused storage potential. The space between your wall cabinets and your ceiling is the perfect place to put some baskets filled with canned goods, extra flatware, bags of potatoes, or anything else.
Add Function and Form
Try these five tricks to increase the functionality in your kitchen and also get more enjoyment from the space where you and your family spend so much of your day.