How to Make the Most of Your Kitchen Space

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Great memories (and meals) are created in the kitchen. Here are several tips for how to make the most of this invaluable space.

Sink Solutions

Choosing the right sink can have a big impact on how you use your kitchen. If you’d like to maximize your countertop space, consider an undermount sink. Its design facilitates a flat draining area that can be used as a second surface for placing dirty dishes or produce that needs washed. A single bowl sink is a space-saving option that can be considered as part of a kitchen remodel. And farmhouse, or apron front, sinks are extremely popular. Often made of fireclay and cast iron, they can also be made from many other materials, such as copper, zinc and stainless steel, among others. Apron front sinks are charming and utilitarian.

Stretch Those Cabinets

One of the best ways to optimize kitchen space is to extend your kitchen cabinets all the way to the ceiling. Gaining these valuable extra inches typically requires choosing custom cabinetry, since the cabinet sizing must be exact. However, there’s a chance you and your designer can find a semi-custom cabinet solution. Either way, you’ll love having the extra space, and the fact that there are no cabinet tops to dust.

Consider Slim Bar Pull Cabinet Handles

During a kitchen remodel, most people view cabinet door hardware from purely aesthetic point of view. However, opting for slim, bar pull cabinet handles installed on streamlined, contemporary-styled cabinets conveys a sense of openness. Cabinets with inset finger pulls that follow the line of the cabinet doors are ideal – plus you’ll worry less about snagging your clothes on a more pronounced handle.

Drawers Instead of Doors

This may seem like a radical step, especially for homeowners who prefer a more traditional kitchen design but switching from cabinets with doors to cabinets with deep drawers is an excellent way to maximize usable kitchen space after a kitchen re-design. The idea here is that traditional cabinets promote rummaging, which can lead to your kitchen surfaces getting cluttered while you take things out, put things in, and try to make space for ever more stuff. On the other hand, drawers offer easy access to every item you need, and they convey a feeling of modernity and organization. Also, 3 and 4 drawer cabinets are similarly priced to a base cabinet with roll-out shelves

Downsize Your Appliances

Bigger isn’t always better when the subject is kitchen appliances. There are plenty of compact options available for all manner of appliances, all of which will occupy less countertop and storage space. Fisher and Paykel has a nicely designed French Door refrigerator that fits in a 32” wide opening.

Add a Bench Seat

Whether your kitchen is large or small, adding a bench seat when you perform a kitchen remodel makes good sense. Ideally positioned under windows for enjoying the view or installed in the corner of the kitchen, a bench seat not only provides the obvious benefit of extra seating, but the space beneath it is perfect for storing large pots and pans and other items that aren’t easily stored in your cabinets or drawers.

Consider a Breakfast Bar

Though it will likely come with the sacrifice of 2 – 3 cabinets, a breakfast bar is a savvy addition to any kitchen, especially for those that lack the space for a kitchen table. And since the breakfast bar is essentially a free-standing countertop extension, your kitchen maintains an open, airy feel.

Get More From Your Walls

Rods, shelving, and pegboards mounted to kitchen walls offer great opportunities for hanging large utensils, colanders, small pots and pans, virtually anything with a handle. With these odds and ends out of the way, you’ll benefit from decluttered countertops and additional cupboard space.

Contact Craig Allen Designs today for professional kitchen redesign and custom bathroom remodeling in New Jersey.