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Hide a pantry behind upcycled doors
‘Pantries are very cost-effective and you can have floor-to-ceiling adjustable shelving, which will give you tons of flexible storage space,’ says Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs, interior designer and founder of Appassionata. ‘The last pantry I designed was for an Italian palazzo; it was spacious and practical, but I added a pair of hand-made doors and a chandelier to give it the wow factor. Storage doesn’t need to be dull and boring, it can be eye-catching and glamorous, almost a feature in its own right!’ Pantry door and shelves painted in Clunch Dead Flat, £21.50 for 750ml, Farrow & Ball.
Disguise storage in freestanding furniture
If you need extra storage – or even fridge space – in your kitchen or dining area, hide it away in a decorative piece of furniture that could pass for a sideboard or tallboy. This contemporary Metod unit with oak veneer matt lacquer finish Hyttan doors and cover panels, Orrnas handles and Limhamn legs costs £444 for the cabinetry; the Forkyld integrated fridge freezer costs £350, all IKEA.
Get a rustic look
Love the idea of a larder, but going for a laid-back, eclectic country look? This Rhubarb cupboard in scuffed grey is actually a great space-saver in a narrow room at just 410mm deep, while its generous height and width (H1800mm x W975cm) and four spacious shelves means it packs in bags of storage for everything from dry goods to small appliances. Hand-made in solid poplar, arrives fully assembled. It costs £695 from Loaf.
Build around a fridge freezer
It’s tempting to sit a freestanding American fridge freezer on its own as a statement piece, but just think of all that wasted potential storage space. So why not make it a real focal feature by having bespoke cabinetry built around it? This wine rack is a clever use of otherwise wasted space – and a good carpenter can adapt this idea to tailor storage to suit your needs. The wine rack is part of the Ladbroke Kitchen range, shown here painted in Cornforth White Estate Eggshell by Farrow & Ball. Cue & Co of London’s kitchens start at £35,000.
Hang a flexible pegboard
In a small kitchen, the splashback area can provide useful storage space. This Chef’s Edition Peg-it-all board includes a knife rack, utensil rack, condiments tray and deep tray, which can be combined with shelves and pegs from the range to provide a storage or display unit. Made of sustainably sourced birch plywood, in natural, white or black, it measures H11.5xW66xD2cm, and is priced £195 from Kreis Design.
Add a freestanding kitchen island
If your kitchen has a generous footprint, a freestanding island is a great addition, offering cupboard and worktop space. Soften the impact by choosing a design with rounded edges, like the Chichester curved island, H93xW78xD163cm, £2,550 at Neptune.
Go for mobile storage
Add an industrial edge to your design with these kitchen trolley shelves from House Junkie. Made from natural oak and iron for an authentic finish, they’re on wheels so you can move them easily when you need to create more floor space. The top shelf makes for handy extra worktop space, too. The unit measures H100xW93x D55cm and costs £400.
‘Large appliances take up a lot of room, so choosing those that do more than one job and integrating them behind doors is a good way to streamline your space,’ says Billy Heyman, managing director at BTL Property. This sleek design from Cue & Co of London’s Ladbroke range is finished in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball. Complete kitchens cost from £35,000.
Cover a wall with shelving
Putting everything you use regularly on open shelves is highly practical – and, if you choose attractive storage jars and utensils, it will add character to your space, too. This Elfa kitchen storage modular shelving is ideal for storing utensils, crockery, tins and condiments in your kitchen or, if you have space, your pantry. It comes with a selection of utensil hooks and storage boxes, alongside plenty of shelving that can be fitted at heights to suit your needs. The minimum space required is H160xW125xD30cm, but you can specify different sizes to suit your kitchen. Shown here in a white finish, the shelving is also available in platinum, and costs £230 at A Place for Everything.
Invest in a standalone baking station
Caught the Bake Off bug? Then create a separate store for everything you need to make treats in this freestanding larder unit. The double New Hampshire larder has two drawers with a work surface for appliances, two shelves and door baskets. It comes painted or unpainted with a choice of handles, priced from £595 for an unpainted unit at The Dormy House.
Sort out the recycling
Instead of taking up floor space with a recycling bin, tuck it neatly away in this waste-sorting drawer compartment from Ikea. The Variera/Utrusta bin system, £38, includes four sections –
for paper and bottles, batteries and two for food waste – in a deep, W60cm drawer.
Create an integrated larder
If you haven’t got room for a separate pantry, maximise the space insid your cupboards with a Vauth-Sagel VSA swing-out larder with Primea baskets. It costs £399 and fits a W40cm cabinet, while the Vauth-Sagel FlexCorner with Primea baskets, £350, fits a W90cm corner cabinet with a W45cm door, both Häfele.
Keep your drawer interiors organised
‘Drawers are much more accessible than base cabinets, but it really pays to work out carefully how each one will be used at the planning stage – and get the drawers divided with interior fittings,’ says interior designer Nicola Steer. ‘Drawer organisers can also be bought separately and fitted retrospectively – ask your kitchen manufacturer or try a DIY shed.’ Pronorm’s ProTech drawer comes in titanium or oak finishes and is available in all four of its ranges, from £13,000 for a Y-Line kitchen.
Be creative with unused space
‘Make the most of nooks that aren’t normally used, such as the space above an extractor hood,’ says Nicola Steer. ‘It can be used for anything, from bottles to kitchen rolls.’ This design, from Cue & Co of London’s Ladbroke range, is painted in French Gray Estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. Complete kitchens start from £35,000.
Choose a super-compact design
If your kitchen is small, Rational’s standalone, compact Vision kitchen is the perfect solution. It measures H218xW183.5xD76cm and includes: storage shelves; deep pan drawers; a sink unit; hob; extractor fan; microwave; dishwasher; fridge; and a pull-out breakfast bar. It is available in all of Rational’s finishes (except glass), priced from £3,000, excluding appliances.
Clear away clutter with a hanging rail
Want a bespoke storage solution without the price tag to match? Ikea’s Rimforsa series is affordable and customisable. Start with the L60cm rail, £6, then add (from left): hooks, £2 for four; holder with jars, £17; herb containers, £8 for four; container holder, £8; basket, £13; knife rack, £15; and chopping board, £12.