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6 clever storage ideas to consider for your kitchen, whatever its size

Master your kitchen storage once and for all with the help of these clever solutions
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 14-03-2019 11:42am

1. Work out what storage you actually need
It might sound basic but knowing what you actually require from your space will make planning the storage elements a whole lot easier.Want your plates easy-access? Opt for sliding drawers that can be easily reached; equally, need to fit in more storage space? Opt for an island design that can offer you precious in-built shelving - the beauty of this, of course, is that it won't eat up any additional space.

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Inspiration by Bauformat Küchen GmbH & Co. KG

Work out what your space needs before you make any design decisions and ask yourself how you (and your family) will use the space, and what storage requirements you'll have at a base level before going high.

The KBB Ark edit: the most creative shelving ideas for your home

2. Go high
If your home boasts beautiful high ceilings, consider building your storage options - cupboards, shelves and so on - upwards rather than outwards. This will prevent the 'lower down' portion of your kitchen feeling cluttered, as well as well as helping to accentuate the size of the room. 

Inspiration by Hetherington Newman

Feeling really brave? Follow the lead of this striking family kitchen (shown above) and stack storage alongside your extractor hood. 

Should you put a standard extractor hood above your island? 

3. No, really - the sky's the limit!
Disclaimer: unless you're very, very tall, you might need to invest in a step-ladder to reach those upper levels (think Belle from Beauty and the Beast - singing optional, of course.)

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4. Build storage around your appliances or fittings
This is a great way to utilise the space an appliance takes up within your kitchen: not only will it frame that slick fridge-freezer perfectly but it will offer almost double the standard amount of storage.

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Inspiration by Naked Kitchens

Even better? Use it to add some colour to your space: here, for example, rows of brightly-bound books warm up an otherwise neutral cabinet.

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Inspiration by LWK Kitchens

5. Make the most of your island's length
Why limit island storage to just a corner, or one side? If you're brave, opt for open or glass-fronted storage; if your kitchen is prone to clutter, keep things firmly behind closed doors and choose traditional cupboard doors instead.

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Inspiration by Teddy Edwards

6. Think creative
Cupboards on cupboards (both in different styles, to boot), with only a thin layer of work-surface between them? It might sound odd yet somehow it works, no?

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Inspiration by Lewis Alderson & Co

Top image via Planet Furniture.

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