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The 7 savvy storage options you need to consider for your kitchen

From concealed to floating, get inspired with these stylish (and practical) ideas for your space
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 24-05-2018 12:25pm

Fact: whether your kitchen is compact, expansive or somewhere in between the two, you still need to master the art of storage.

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Why? Because regardless of the shape, size or style of your kitchen, no one dreams of living in chaos; no one creates a KBB Ark moodboard titled 'messy kitchen ideas' and absolutely no one envies a friend's overflowing kitchen cupboards (despite the suggestions of this recent survey).


Hence the need for smart, stylish storage that matches all your needs: from both an aesthetic perspective and a practicality point-of-view.

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Sure, there's no one-size-fits-all option and yes, you will have to do a little thinking to work out what works best for your space but it's so worth it. Read on to discover some of our favourite options...

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1. Choose storage that adds to the aesthetic of your kitchen
We'll start simple: pick storage that looks good. Whether it's a built-in shelf, a concealed cupboard or an upcycled fitting, pick something that is not only workable from a practical perspective but also fits the theme and 'vibe' of your kitchen, whether it's minimal, maximalist or something in between.

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From a visual perspective, details that look as if they were conscious decisions rather than snap 'that will do' choices will guarantee the 'flow' of your kitchen look stylish and on-point, rather than thrown together.

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2. Incorporate your island
The kitchen island is arguably the unsung hero of storage. If your space is large enough to accommodate one, make sure you pick a design that comes complete with drawers or an in-built shelf or two.

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3. Go high
The answer to your storage woes could be right above you - literally!

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The Danish-inspired box hood conceals the extractor. Kitchen by Martin Moore, Credit: Darren Chung

Installing shelving or cabinetry on the higher points of your kitchen walls will open up a new realm of storage possibilities. We also love the idea shown below; those top shelves are easily accessed with the help of that neat step-ladder.

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4. Pick fittings that work hard
Whatever the size of your kitchen, picking fittings that really pull their weight when it comes to storage is essential.

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For example, the industrious Leicht unit shown above opens outwards in both directions, affording the user options including shelves, racks and even a countertop. Frankly, we feel exhausted just thinking about it.

5. Don't be afraid to make full use of your worktops
Wider worktops lend themselves to offering a degree of storage, as shown below. Be careful - there's a fine line between 'on display' and 'chaotic clutter' and if you have a hunch you might lean towards the latter, you might want to consider a concealed option instead.

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6. Build your storage around your fittings
Surrounding in-built fittings with discreet yet significant shelving makes for a smart, efficient storage option.

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Open-front displays such as the one shown below look fabulous and will require maintenance - after all, you can't afford to let such a focal point become an eyesore.

7. Think outside the box
For a modern, stylish angle, keep your eyes peeled for fixtures that appear perfectly normal from the outside but actually have ridiculously smart hidden functionality that only those in the know, er, know. For example: how clever is this delightfully minimalist wooden table from Benchmark?

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(Okay - so technically speaking what we're really saying is think inside the box.)

NEXT! Browse our moodboard below for more smart storage ideas for your kitchen - click any image below to start.

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   Katie Byrne
Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (coffee, not Instagram), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.

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