This is How to Optimize Storage Space in Your Kitchen
Do you have a small kitchen that makes it hard to cook hefty meals for your family or visitors? According to a recent study, 14% of homeowners planned to do some remodeling on their kitchens. You should join the bandwagon!
Remodeling your kitchen allows you to optimize task lighting and increase storage space. Here are tips on how you can increase the storage space in your kitchen.
1. Installing Built-In Cabinets
Built-in cabinets open into the wall and increase storage space by maximizing the floor space. Built-in cabinets are long but may be much narrower than regular cabinets. Have a specialist take out space in the wall itself and install a cabinet.
You can also use the space under the countertops and sink to store some of your stuff. Don't worry about the darkness; you can contact a professional company to install LED light bulbs and optimize task lighting.
2. Decreasing the Size of Your Sink
Most houses come with large sinks for washing vegetables, fruits and doing dishes. Replacing these sinks with smaller ones helps save counter space. Remember that you can repurpose the space under your sink into storing general items you need in the kitchen, like tools and sharpening stones.
3. Use Smaller Electrical Appliances
You don't have to spend loads of money on your new appliances, especially if you have a small kitchen. Large electronics take up too much space, making it hard to maneuver around your kitchen. You should trade these in for smaller built-in appliances you can fit into your kitchen easily.
4. Create More Storage Space
You can do this by installing lazy Susans, which take advantage of corner spaces and slide out spice racks, which provide you with more space to store your spices, seasonings, and herbs. Lazy Susans and pull-out shelves are easy to install, thus you can do it yourself. However, if you find it challenging to do, call in an expert to do it for you.
Use soft close drawer slides to make soft closing drawers that don't bang shut every time you use them.
Well, now that the storage in your kitchen is in order, how do you ensure it has enough light to improve task lighting?
1. Consider Using Brighter Colors
Bright colors are suitable for rooms where a lot of family activity happens. Dark colors absorb light and thus would make your kitchen a bit darker than you want.
Using bright-colored paints ensures you have walls that reflect light, making your kitchen look brighter, hence increasing task lighting.
2. Windows and Skylights
Windows are the most critical source of natural light. Your kitchen should have large windows that remain uncovered during the day to allow lots of light inside. Study the direction of the sun to ensure the windows you put in are effective at picking up sunlight. Skylights are a good option too, but you may have to check that they tally with the overall design of your house. Use doors with a lot of glass space to ensure lots of sunlight get in through your door as well.
3. Utilizing Light from Adjacent Rooms
Using an open plan layout for your kitchen opens it up to other rooms. As light gets into the adjacent rooms, your kitchen becomes well-lit too. Open-plan kitchens are also elegant and easy to keep clean.
4. Supplement Natural Light with Quality Artificial Light.
To improve task lighting, you will need to have a professional set up your kitchen. Take advantage of dimmable lights that can be used to create a romantic ambiance, and candles that provide a soft glow and luminance. You should also use accent lighting, especially if you have any heirlooms perched on a cabinet in your kitchen.
The kitchen is an essential room in your house. Having a small and poorly-lit storage space is likely to increase clutter and spoil your fun while cooking. Use these tips today to turn your kitchen into a room you will enjoy being in.