Low-key Cottage is actually a Coastal Haven with Three Levels of Sea View: rustic Kitchen by Des Ewing Residential Architects

Smart kitchen tricks to make your life easier

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Being the most practical room in the house, it makes sense that you should be able to streamline your processes and storage solutions in the kitchen, doesn't it? 

That's essentially what kitchen designers try to do when they design the ideal kitchen plans for both you and your space, but we've found some extra helpful tips that will see you getting even more out of the room.

Do you find you never quite have enough room, storage or functionality? Then continue reading and prepare to have your eyes opened to all the possibilities that your kitchen offers!

1. Add storage to your storage

With custom crockery holders and personalised solutions within deep drawers.

2. Think vertically

Take your storage higher, not wider!

3. Add hanging rails under your sink

For easy access to cleaning product bottles.

4. Use drawer divides

To get more from your drawers and minimise the chaos. Cutlery needs to be sectioned!

5. Use magnets

If you can, this a great idea to store knives and even pans and lids.

6. Hang awkward utensils

Low-key Cottage is actually a Coastal Haven with Three Levels of Sea View: rustic Kitchen by Des Ewing Residential Architects
Des Ewing Residential Architects

Low-key Cottage is actually a Coastal Haven with Three Levels of Sea View

Des Ewing Residential Architects

So they don't devour drawer space.

7. Use your ceiling space

Gentleman's Residence with Bridge Linking into Existing Restored Coach House: classic Kitchen by Des Ewing Residential Architects
Des Ewing Residential Architects

Gentleman's Residence with Bridge Linking into Existing Restored Coach House

Des Ewing Residential Architects

If you have some spare, use it to hang pans and larger, bulky items.

8. Store seldom-used appliances

Wandsworth: classic Kitchen by Lewis Alderson
Lewis Alderson

Wandsworth

Lewis Alderson

Put them away in drawers to free up counter space.

9. Have a specific space for pan lids

Wandsworth: classic Kitchen by Lewis Alderson
Lewis Alderson

Wandsworth

Lewis Alderson

Such as in a storage basket, so they don't get lost.

10. Think about including pull-down cupboards

Wandsworth: classic Kitchen by Lewis Alderson
Lewis Alderson

Wandsworth

Lewis Alderson

A really savvy storage idea!

11. Stick to timeless classics or state-of-the-art kitchen appliances

Middle of the road versions won't last long and will date.

12. Make your island extra useful

modern Kitchen by WSM ARCHITEKTEN
WSM ARCHITEKTEN

WSM ARCHITEKTEN

WSM ARCHITEKTEN

By using it as a breakfast bar.

13. Swap out all of your light bulbs

Battersea Town House: modern Kitchen by PAD ARCHITECTS
PAD ARCHITECTS

Battersea Town House

PAD ARCHITECTS

For much brighter, energy-efficient LEDs.

14. Freeze any leftover sauce, oil, wine or herbs

In ice cube trays to add to cooking later!

15. Use cookie cutters when preparing vegetables for little ones

Kitchen Extension – Strawberry Hill, Twickenham: modern Kitchen by Cube Lofts
Cube Lofts

Kitchen Extension – Strawberry Hill, Twickenham

Cube Lofts

To make them more interesting to eat.

16. Keep a stash of straws in a drawer

Loft and Extension, Hammersmith, London: modern Kitchen by Cube Lofts
Cube Lofts

Loft and Extension, Hammersmith, London

Cube Lofts

For poking pips out of small fruits.

17. Make your own cleaner using white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice

Kitchen Extension, Berrylands, Surrey: modern Kitchen by Cube Lofts
Cube Lofts

Kitchen Extension, Berrylands, Surrey

Cube Lofts

It can be used absolutely anywhere, even on chrome!

For more kitchen inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Things you MUST do before renovating your kitchen.

Did these ideas tackle any of your kitchen issues?
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