Having enough kitchen storage is a necessity. Unfortunately, there isn’t always enough room in the kitchen for everything. But when you have an open-plan space, you are free to build extra kitchen storage in the adjacent areas. With proper planning and zoning, you can add an overflowing amount of kitchen storage in the dining or living area. Here’s how you can do it:
Make all cupboards identical
If you’ve run out of space, build extra storage in the area adjacent to the kitchen. Make all the cupboards similar so the two remain connected and tie the space together. Make it the feature element of the space.
The key here is to position the extra storage a few steps from the main cabinetry and from the cooking and meal preparation areas. Mind the ergonomics. Best if you store all items you always need in nearby shelves and cabinets where you can quickly grab them. Then, store the ones you often need in the separated cupboards.
Use dual-purpose furniture
By adding a divider, you can separate the kitchen from the next area in an open-plan space. That divider can be a nifty piece of furniture with massive shelving. Use this extra storage to showcase your proudest collection of cookbooks, glassware, and tableware.
A divider like this isn’t always available off the shelves. You might need the help of a local carpenter for custom shelving.
Customise your shelving
Sometimes, the best way to get more kitchen storage is to customise your cabinetry. When you do, you get more than storage that’s accessible from the cooking and meal preparation zone. You can create more shelves, cabinets, and drawers at the back of a kitchen island.
Extend your countertops
Your countertop doesn’t have to end a few inches from your cooking area. When possible, continue your countertop a little further along. When you do, you also gain extra storage.
Match the finishes
In this modern kitchen, the designers created a massive joinery in the kitchen. They built additional storage on the same wall, but in the dining area. Since the two joineries have the same finish, the storage helps visually tie the two areas together, giving the space a harmonious look.
Blend it with its surroundings
Sometimes, you don’t need to have matching kitchen cabinets. Just ensure the cupboards blend into the area where you put it.
In the same kitchen, the designers created another joinery that runs from the kitchen to the living room. They painted it with the same dark grey paint used in the two kitchen islands. Having a neutral colour, it becomes a background of the living area. It makes this joinery a substantial part of the room as a whole, not only the kitchen.
If you’re going to add extra kitchen storage in the nearby space, consider hiding it. One creative way to do this is to design a built-in bench with storage in the dining room near the kitchen. Again, these fixtures may not be available off the shelf. You may need the help of a carpenter to build this (if you’re not handy).
Maximise the space
The designers of this kitchen had to be clever with space planning, fitting everything into this tight area.
They’ve managed to incorporate additional kitchen storage by creating small corner cabinets. These spaces are usually unused or dysfunctional, but a cabinet with specific use gives it purpose.