#1 Install corner drawers to optimise dead space
Cabinet corners tend to be wasted or not used optimally, because things are usually hard to retrieve. Try something like Blum’s Space Corner, a nifty drawer system specially designed for corners so no square inch is dead space.
#2 Pull-out drawer inserts work just as well
If changing the cabinet door to drawers is too troublesome, director of The 80’s Studio, Andy Tan, suggests installing pullout organisers or baskets that help you reach items at the back with ease. The next125 Le Mans corner base unit from W. Atelier features two pull-out shelves that swivel smoothly and quietly out, letting you stow away and retrieve items easily. Price upon request.
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#3 Opt for pull-out tables
Andy also recommends incorporating a pullout table that cleverly doubles up as extra food prep or dining space. Maximise space with Ewins’ ATIM extendable table (either pull-out or two-leaf foldaway), which can be mounted within a standard size drawer compartment and modified to suit your needs. It can be used as extra dining or tabletop space when you’re entertaining large crowds, or as extra prep space when you’re doing lots of cooking. Price upon request.
#4 Or a drop-leaf table
Another space-saving solution perfect for small homes is to incorporate a drop-leaf table, such as the BJURSTA by IKEA, that can be folded away when not needed and is easy to maintain. It’s also wall-mounted, so it doesn’t take up precious floor space.
#5 Optimise the under-sink area
Cleaning products and other small kitchen accessories can create unnecessary clutter. Keep your sink area tidy and your cleaning products at hand with this nifty U-shaped sink drawer from Blum.
#6 Increase countertop space with a table extension
Another practical way to add space in your kitchen is with transformable pieces such as a table extension. The Ewins ATIM Opla-Top can be used as extra food prep surface, such as for chopping food, and then stowed away neatly when you don’t need it anymore.
#7 Wall-mounted shelves are useful
A shelf system like IKEA’s KUNGSFORS suspension rail with shelf is handy for keeping oft-used items within reach, while freeing up countertop space.
#8 A grid system is a must-have for small homes
A grid system like this stainless steel KUNGSFORS wall grid from IKEA is both versatile and functional. You can add as many hooks and containers as you wish to hang utensils and even an herb like basil.
#9 A wall-mounted strip keeps your countertops clear
Another way to make use of vertical space is by installing an aluminium strip on your backsplash, such as Cafim’s Ribbon from Ewins Home. This multifunctional solution streamlines and stores all your tabletop clutter as you can hang shelves, hooks, kitchen towel holders and even magnetic knife holders so you can still access them easily.
#10 Go modular
A modular storage system like the next125 cubes by W. Atelier gives you more flexibility in organising your kitchen and keeping all your tools and equipment at hand. Suspended shelves, a spice rack and power outlet sockets are just a few of the modular cubes you can choose.
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#12 Tailor storage to fit your needs
If possible, opt for customisable storage fittings that suit your storage needs. For instance, Blum’s Space Tower features a myriad of drawer options that can be customised in height, width and depth, depending on your kitchen’s capacity.
#13 Opt for pieces that can be easily kept out of eye
Is a huge dish rack cramping your style? Look out for a compact option that can be neatly stowed away when you don’t need it. The collapsible Lift dish rack by Kohler is one such option, and it can be expanded to hold a variety of items, from wine glasses to cutlery and bigger pots and pans.
#14 Make use of sink space
If you have a roomy sink, don’t let it go to waste. Keep cleaning items organised and at hand with the Kohler kitchen sink utility rack that expands up to three inches to fit most sinks. It can also double up as a drying rack for coffee mugs!
#15 Go for a single-bowl sink
A single-bowl sink would save more space in the kitchen than a double-bowl sink as it will give you more counter space. Additionally, it is usually less expensive to purchase and install. It is also easier to maintain with a smaller washing area.
#16 Construct cabinets to the ceiling
Why not consider maximizing your space not only length-wise, but also height-wise? Although it may be a little hard to reach, it is a great space for storing festive tableware. Additionally, the high cabinets will create a vertical illusion, making your kitchen larger than it really is.