Whether you’re remodeling your current space, buying a new home or just freshening up a few things, kitchen storage is often at the top of our lists of projects to tackle. And while a fresh coat of paint and new hardware may suffice for others, perhaps you’re ready for a total makeover. In today’s modern kitchens, open storage is great way for many to display that amazing flatware and cutlery you have while it is situated in its proper place. But, flashback to the time when you had your first apartment. Think about all of the random items you were gifted by your loving family. If you are still stuck with sweet Aunt Patty’s hand-me-down dishes that are more mix than match, you may want to hide them…Sorry Aunt Patty.
Below, we aimed to stoke your inspirational fires with a few of our favorite Hidden and Open kitchen storage ideas. After perusing these items, ask yourself: “Am I a SHOW OFF or am I STEALTH?”
Ippinka “Stealth” Kitchen Storage
This option from Ippinka is almost the definition of hidden storage. With this design, each essential kitchen appliance is tucked away VERY discreetly. The dishwasher, microwave, sink and the refrigerator are all fitted behind custom made wood finishes. What do you think? Is this over done or is this your dream Kitchen?
A Bit of Both
This may be a compromise between hidden vs. open storage. We love the frosted glass on the sliding doors. These can be categorized more as shelves than they are cabinets, but, they are still just as functional and provide the owners with endless options on how and what to display.
Unique Solution for a Unique Problem
Choosing cabinetry with cool corners? Embrace this design challenge and find creative solutions that will help you avoid having negative spaces. Here’s one way to go about things from Brit + Co.
Install Sliding Under-The-Cabinet Shelving
This option is actually something you can easily do yourself. Simply plan a trip to your favorite local hardware store or big box retailer and find the roll-out drawer kit that best fits your needs. These are great underneath a sink or in a pantry, as well.
If you’re lucky enough to have a great pantry space in your home, then, you are more than ½ way home. All you may need is some additional organization. Look at how the shelves in the above example are adjustable. So depending the sizes of the items that need storing, you can move items around to create a home for virtually anything you’d need in the kitchen.
Mounted Tools and Cookware
If you got ’em, flaunt ’em…cookware that is. Mounted and hanging storage is great for the skilled amateur chefs out there. If you’ve invested in well-made, beautiful utensils and cookware and like to have them at the ready often, well then, this hack is for you. Not only will your items look great on display, you’ll never have to rifle through congested cabinets searching for your prized saucepan ever again.
Industrial Shelving Units
Industrial style shelves are wonderful for the minimalist at heart. It’s simple, no frills and practical. Plus, if you are a renter and limited with what you can do to your kitchen, these can be assembled and disassembled relatively easily.
Hanging Wine Glass Storage
Growing up, perhaps, you’d see your mom’s cherished stemware was locked away in a china cabinet away from the kitchen. Not so much anymore. Today’s wine enthusiasts tend to like to have glasses readily accessible for dinners with friends, brunch or book club meetings. So, why not store them mounted, underneath the cabinet near the sink area. This also keeps these fragile pieces from breaking too often.
Traditional Meets Modern
A quaint place for everything and everything in its place. We love how these cabinets make storage more stylish and finding what you need in the kitchen a breeze! You dutch oven, crock pots and skillets are neatly stashed in, somewhat, traditional cabinetry. But the glass panels on the doors help you locate what you need to create your culinary masterpieces.
Tell us how you like your kitchen storage in the comment section below. Discreet and hidden or open and accessible?