Ways to Economize Space in Your Kitchen Design
by Allison E. Beatty
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Feeling space challenged in your kitchen? They key to working with a small kitchen design is to make the most of what you have. During a cabinet refacing project, look around the room for ways to improve the use of space.
Reorganize Kitchen Cabinets
As you plan a cabinet refacing project, now is the time to take a cold, hard look at how you use your kitchen cabinets. Are there tall cabinet shelves with little in them? Are there corner cabinets with nothing in the back corner? Among the options for turning that wasted kitchen cabinet space into usable space are:
- Cabinet shelf dividers to break up the vertical space. This is particularly helpful in tall shelves.
- Lazy Susan's that make storing items in the corner cabinet shelf a breeze.
- Shelving that attaches to the back of the cabinet door. This space is ideal for storing sandwich bags and other small items.
Look for Places for New Cabinets and Storage
Even the smallest kitchen design can have a few pockets of space that are ideal for an extra cabinet or storage unit. Does your kitchen design have any "dead space" where a small cabinet or shelving unit would fit? This is an ideal way to get items off the messy countertop and into a structured space. Look for room:
- Near the back door - hanging shelves are ideal.
- On the wall leading down to the basement. A few hooks can be used for storing kids coats.
Think Wall Space in Kitchen Design
Vertical space is one of the most underused spaces in the house. If you have a few walls without cabinets on them, consider adding a two, three or four shelf system to store everything from canned goods to car keys and the daily supply of mail.
Use Cabinet Refacing Time Wisely
A cabinet refacing projects gives you a good excuse to analyze the way you use your kitchen. By taking a few steps to organize and add more storage and structure to the room, you will go a long way toward making a small kitchen design functional more efficiently.
About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement web sites.