In kitchens both small and large proper storage is imperative. When a kitchen is designed with open and closed storage options it can run more efficiently for those working in it. And this makes the cooking and baking process, including cleanup, so much more enjoyable. However, storage options are not required to be boring. Sometimes they can provide a decorative aspect as well. Other times they are ingenious and fun to use. Check out our gallery below of 38 Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas to discover in what ways you can incorporate interesting storage solutions into your kitchen.
Open shelving has become a common option in kitchen design. This modern kitchen features two rows of sleek, marble shelving that showcase a collection of copper pots and pans and assorted dishes. A beautiful way to take regular kitchen items from mundane to showstopping.
This clever, under-cabinet attachment provides easy access to the “tools of the kitchen trade” while keeping them out of reach of little hands. Storing knives like this rather than in a wood blocks ensure that they stay sharper for a longer time.
The empty space under the sink is one that is overlooked when it comes to kitchen storage. This clever, pull-out drawer makes it easy to store everyday kitchen items that need to be easily accessible. The pull-put drawer makes sure that nothing is forgotten in the back of the cabinet.
This cozy kitchen takes advantage of the entire wall above the counter by installing a pegboard to the ceiling. Shelves can then be moved to accommodate dishware of varying heights and frequency of use; the higher the shelf, the less often the item is used.
While muffin tins and cookie sheets can be stored horizontally, stacked on each other, it is more efficient to store them vertically. This way of storing these items reduces the amount of time needed to find what you are looking for. The type of cabinet above is often installed above or beside the oven to make baking and cleanup easier.
This kitchen drawer features a 2-in-1 construction that accommodates a wood cutting board and knife block for storing your knives. By storing these items together it makes them easier to find and put away during clean up.
Custom cabinetry can offer tons of options to suit the unique dimensions of any kitchen. The vertical pull-out cabinet to the left provides space for spice storage, the middle is for pots and pans and the cabinet at the far right is intended for cookie sheets. These are all conveniently located under the custom kitchen cooktop for ease of use.
When kitchen cabinet corner are not properly utilized the result it loss of valuable storage space. This custom drawer fits perfectly within the surrounding cabinetry and ensures that every inch of available space is dedicated to the storage of kitchen utensils.
It can be really convenient to store pots and pans below the cooktop. Another neat trick is to install a shallow, pull-out drawer above the pot and pan drawer for oven mitts, trivets and pot holders.
Pots and pans can be stored more efficiently when there is dedicated space for the lids. Without the compartments, as seen above, the lids tend to get lost within an under pots making storage cumbersome and awkward.
Searching through your spice drawer can be a game of lost and found, especially if that drawer is not organized properly. This storage feature makes it easy to identify each spice jar and the slanted installation also allows more jars to be stored within the drawer.
There are certain kitchen items that need to be kept available for ease of use. This handy pull out tray, located directly below the kitchen, is the ideal place to store kitchen items like scrub pads and drain stoppers. It keeps them within reach and less likely to get lost.
When you have limited cabinet storage in your kitchen it can be useful to utilize the wall space by installing vertical storage solutions. This handy rod and hooks provides space to hang a variety of containers, kitchen utensils and even a small dishrack.
This custom island is designed to accommodate large quantities of fruits and vegetables. By including cold storage in the island, rather than in a separate unit, fruits and vegetables are easily available for food preparation and storage.
In a small kitchen it can be difficult to accommodate a designated message area with space for important items like keys. This kitchen features a cleverly disguised message center that provides a space to store multiple sets of keys and a small white board to record messages and a grocery list.
Any kitchen can be made to feel more spacious when the countertops are kept free of clutter. The installation of a long rod with wire baskets and hooks in this space does just that while still accommodating storage canisters and even some greenery.
A pegboard is a cost effective and unique way to store small kitchen utensils and other items. This pegboard, painted a crisp white, is almost decorative with its neat display of stainless steel measuring cups, utensils and even a picture. A shelf located at the top of pegboard provides additional horizontal storage for pots and pans.
Not all produce needs to be put in cold storage. It can be difficult to find proper storage options for fruits and vegetables, other than in the fridge. The size and shape of these pull out drawers make storage a little easier, while helping produce to stay fresh for a longer period of time.
Wide drawers are great for accommodating a variety of similar kitchen utensils in one, easy-to-access location. This drawer, located just below the countertop, with its compartments and cubbies is designed to store different kitchen utensils for many different purposes.
This ingenious set-up allows the cook to chop and prepare produce on a wood cutting board and then easily clean up by putting the scraps through a hole that opens up into the garbage cans below. While this may not significantly reduce the time needed for cleanup, it will help to make things just a little easier.
While convenient, over-the-counter paper towel holders are notoriously unattractive. This custom drawer installation provides the ease of use those wall-mounted models while allowing the paper towels to be hidden within the drawer itself.
This swing-out Lazy Susan ensures that no pots and pans are forgotten. In traditional models it can be easy to forget what has been stored when you are looking into the dark corners of your cabinetry. But here you can bring everything to light.
This simple wooden stand provides two levels of countertop storage. This is a great option for spices, small jars and mugs. The natural wood also looks great against the Subway tile backsplash and marble countertops.
The kitchen is where a variety of activities occur from enjoying a meal to completing homework. This is why the inclusion of a charging station in the kitchen is so valuable. The charging station seen above conveniently allows users to hide their electronics within a drawer where they will not clutter valuable counterspace.
Quality spices are what makes a meal a success so it is important to have them stored and labelled for ease of use. This drop-down tray provides a clear view of the available spices and can be put back to hide beneath the upper cabinetry when not in use.
With the importance of recycling it is valuable to have multiple garbage cans to store separate items like cardboard, glass and aluminum. This pull-out cabinet attachment provides space for three cans that allow recycling to be stored in a neat and organized fashion.
With the installation of hanging and vertical storage a small kitchen can accommodate everything the user needs. This kitchen incorporates clear glass jars in a variety of shapes and sizes for the storage of dry goods. Two rows of hanging containers provide a space for utensils while hanging baskets also provide additional storage.
Traditionally, pots and pans have been stored close to the oven in a drawer or cabinet. However, this type of storage often involves one to rummage around, banging pots and pans together to find what they need. But by hanging your pots and pans on the wall, in an orderly fashion, it can make this process much easier.
When you have a lot of spices it can be difficult to find sufficient drawer space to store them all, while keeping them easy to identify. The type of storage above is a great option. The custom installation includes clear, pull-out drawers for the storage of dry goods and produce and the shelf above provides plenty of space for a long line of spices.
In kitchens that have been recently built it can be difficult to find a drawer or cabinet that does not include custom features to improve storage. The kitchen above has a variety of drawers and shelving that has been divided to store items on their side rather than stacking them on on top of the other. This can make searching for the items you need much easier.
This cabinet features a series of shallow shelves designed to accommodate the storage of shallow cookware and bakeware. As can be seen, each item is separate and easy to identify making cleanup and storage a breeze.
The cabinet below an oven is often used to store bakeware and pots and pans. This deep drawer has been separated into individual compartments that allow muffin tins, cookie sheets and cake pans to be stored vertically rather than horizontally.
This custom drawer unit features small circular bins that have been designed to accommodate large kitchen utensils like ladles, serving spoons and potato mashers. This type of storage is ideal because it keeps all of these items hidden; therefore, keeping valuable counterspace clear of clutter.
This custom cabinet device acts as two separate units in one. When it is pulled out there is space for pots and pans and additional dry goods all contained in their separate areas. Once you close the cabinet door it all folds into each other to blend seamlessly into the surrounding cabinetry.
This large drawer pulls out to reveal six separate compartments to store muffin tins, coolings racks, cookie sheets and other baking items. Storing items on their sides, in separate compartments, allows the user to easily identify what they need and also store it away once its clean.
A series of black hooks mounted on a long piece of wood provides an attractive and practical way to storage those kitchen items that need to be easy to find. Its simple design ensures that the countertop stays clear for meal preparation while still keeping these important items within arms reach.
The horizontal wood paneling in this kitchen cleverly hides shallow storage for small kitchen canisters and spice jars. When these items are not needed the panels return to their original position and the kitchen stays clean and uncluttered.