If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen, there’s are a lot to think about, especially what cabinet storage features you would like. Do you want roll out trays to store your pots and pans for easy access and visibility? Do you want a spice rack and a pull out waste/recycling cabinet? How about dividers to organize your utensils, dishes, baking sheets, and cutting boards? There are so many wonderful features to incorporate that will make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to ease of access and visibility. So how do you decide what storage features you actually need when you are in the planning phase? Below are a few essential cabinet features to consider as you plan out your dream kitchen!
1. Roll-out Drawer
Roll-out drawers or trays bring the entire shelf contents out for easy access and full visibility. You don’t have to bend and reach anymore to get the pots from the back of the cabinet. Roll-out drawers include hardware that allows drawers to slide open all the way making it much easier to get objects in and out. Drawers with high sides and backs can keep stacks of items neat and orderly. It’s a feature you’ll love!
2. Pull-out Spice Rack
If you love to cook, you’ll have accumulated lots of spices and herbs from salt to pepper, paprika, garlic, cardamom, rosemary, and so on. When you want to try a new recipe, it usually involves going out and getting a new spice or seasoning which means as you start collecting more and more jars of spices , you’ll need a way to organize them. Consider a pull-out spice rack next to your stove from with adjustable shelves. Tiered shelves allow spices to be displayed so you can view everything you have. Since it’s narrow, the width of a pullout spice rack is 3″-12″ wide.
3. Cutting Board Drawer
A cutting board drawer is another great feature to have. With a built-in cutting board, you can easily access it by stowing it in a convenient drawer. The hardwood cutting board drawer can also be used while pulled out in a drawer-mount for quick tasks or set on a countertop when you need more stability. You can even store your utensils or knives under the cutting board or use the cutting board drawer as a pullout lift for your small mixers.
Vertical dividers are a great feature to store many different kitchen cooking and baking supplies. You can place cutting boards, cookie sheets, baking pans, large pot lids, and pie dishes to name a few in the dividers for ease of organization. The vertical dividers can be positioned in the lower cabinets with a width of 9″-12″ or in the upper cabinets, such as above the refrigerator or in a pantry. It should be placed where it is easily accessible by you and isn’t difficult to reach. It’s a great feature to have!
5. Lazy Susan Corner Cabinets
If you have the space, consider a lazy susan corner unit that turns a 90-degree angle on both sides. Typically in a 36″ standard size, these will have 2 carousels with or without a center supporting pole. They spin 360 degrees and can fit lots of items from your pots and pans to your small kitchen appliances. It’s a must-have feature to include in your kitchen design.
6. Drawer Organization
You’ll never get frustrated looking for specific silverware, dishes, or cookware with drawer organization. You can neatly store and arrange your utensils, dishes, pots, pans, food storage containers, and even dry goods with built-in dividers. Built-in dividers also gives a more finished look to your cabinets rather than organizers purchases separately and placed in the drawers.
7. Waste & Recycling Cabinet
A pullout waste basket and recycling cabinet is a popular feature many people have asked for when designing kitchens. It allows you to keep the recycling and trash bins hidden away so it’s not out in the open for anyone to see and smell! I recommend double units which can store one waste bin and a recycling bin behind it and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Depending on the size of the bins, it can take up a mere 18″ of space and are available with a soft-close mechanism. Many of them are short enough so that you can still have a drawer on top.
8. Appliance Garage
If you have a lot of small appliances that need additional storage space and you don’t want it visibly displayed on your countertop, consider an appliance garage. Typically set at countertop level, these cabinets allow you to keep your small appliances plugged in and at the ready, all while tucked neatly behind closed doors. When determining the size of your appliance garage, think about the appliances you want to store behind closed doors on the counter such as instapot, slow cookers, or heavy and bulky stand mixers. Make sure you have enough counter space and be sure to include an outlet in the cabinet so you can keep the appliance plugged in. Then simply slide it out when needed.
If you have a smaller cabinet built-in (such as a bar area) or an empty nook space that is separate from the main kitchen area, consider transforming it into a pantry. A pantry offers you a lot more centralized storage. Plus, you can incorporate roll-out trays to help you easily access your pots, pans, jars, canned and dry food items, and small appliances without you having to to bend and reach anymore to get items you need from the back of the cabinet. It provides a clean aesthetic and unified organizational system that’s a great feature to have.