Modular kitchens are one of the most popular trends in home design, and for good reason. They offer everything from beautiful aesthetics to multi-purpose functionality, allowing your kitchen to flow with the way you use it throughout the day. If you’re thinking about buying a modular kitchen, or if you already have one installed in your house and want to maximize the space inside it, here are 10 ways to utilize space in a modular kitchen.
1) Maximize cabinet space
With compact appliances, you might assume there’s not much of a kitchen left to work with. However, if you’re willing to get creative, there are plenty of ways you can optimize what limited space you have left. For example, stack your smaller appliances at an angle on top of larger ones – which will open up more cabinet space. Rethink how you use your storage areas too: For example, don’t be afraid to utilize high cabinets for extra shelving or countertops for extra storage space.
2) Use wall cabinets
While floor cabinets are great for holding bulky pots and pans, smaller items are best stored on open wall shelving. This frees up more of your cabinet space for other, more important kitchen necessities like dishes and cookware. Plus, you can make use of hanging wall cabinets to maximize additional space in a modular kitchen without having to construct them yourself. For example, if your modular unit has two openings that look directly into each other—and one of them is above or below a countertop—install hanging shelves so you can gain extra storage space without being forced to build another shelf or purchase new hardware.
3) Get rid of an island
If you have an island, think about getting rid of it. While they seem appealing, they’re also often superfluous to most kitchens and are more trouble than they’re worth. If you have one that you absolutely can’t part with, consider moving it into your pantry or adding extra storage underneath so that it doesn’t hog valuable counter space. Once you do either of these things, ask yourself if there are any other appliances (microwave, food processor) that could be relocated there instead. Another option: move it next to your fridge and install double sinks (or even multiple) so that washing dishes becomes easier.
4) Consider high shelves
If you have a lot of space, utilize it by hanging your pots and pans on hooks above your cooking surface. Hang pans that you use most often right above your cooktop, so they’re at eye level and you can easily grab them. Put any pots or pans that you don’t use often—or ones that take up too much room when stacked with other pots—above your cabinets instead. This will help keep them out of sight without taking up any additional space, and still allow for easy access when necessary. If there isn’t room for pots and pans up above, tuck spatulas and spoons into hooks near where they would normally go. This will keep things neat-looking without using additional cupboard space. No cabinet space?
5) Think outside of the box
By hanging your pots and pans, you are making better use of your vertical space. You can also hang utensils, kitchen appliances and more. Make sure that whatever you’re hanging can handle a lot of weight! The next time you consider purchasing some new kitchen items, think about getting ones that will fit your existing system. If you don’t have enough hooks or space for multiple rows of pots and pans, buy something like a pot rack or wall mounted pan organizer instead. This way you won’t spend much money on buying new items, but will still be able to make good use of what you already have!
6) Use hanging pots and pans instead of normal ones
By using hanging pots and pans, you can free up counter space as well as additional cupboard space that would be lost if you used normal pots and pans. A little room will be saved on your countertop by merely keeping these pots out of cabinets. Another benefit is that they are easy to take down so you can cook with them; just grab them off of their hangers and use them. They also save some time since you do not have to bend over as far or reach under things to grab them while cooking.
7) Consider your windowsill space
One of the best things about having a modular kitchen is customizing it. And, let’s face it, your windowsill isn’t all that important; you won’t miss it if you have no space for drinks or whatnot. Instead, make use of your window by adding storage beneath—and then simply fill up that space with all those bottles and containers you never use. That way, everything will be easily accessible whenever you need it and they can stay out of sight while they aren’t being used. After all, what happens behind closed cabinets stays behind closed cabinets!
8) Get creative with prep areas
Few things are more irritating than finding what you need for your meal in an overcrowded cupboard. In order to maximize counter space, organize your kitchen so that common items like pots and pans or baking supplies are kept at waist height. For example, stack pots and pans on top of each other and use hooks or trays for cookie sheets and muffin tins. Or look into under-shelf solutions such as pull-out drawers or hanging racks. If you have sufficient room below your sink, opt for pull-out shelves instead of having a jumble of cleaning products and drain stoppers under there.
9) Install bars if you have enough space
Installing a bar or peninsula can be an easy way to create seating and save on space. If you have room for an island, opt for that; it’s easier than trying to cram seating into a nook. Although there are no hard-and-fast rules, here are some general guidelines: Make sure your bar is half as long as one side of your kitchen—the extra space allows people sitting at it to face everyone else at the table. Also make sure you leave enough room between chairs and stools so people can easily get up from their seats and not feel cramped. And keep in mind that people tend not to sit right at island surfaces—they want more elbow room so they aren’t seated too close to whoever else is sharing your kitchen space.
10) Always think about traffic flow
When you’re putting together your kitchen, think about how people will move around it. It’s easy to put some cabinets here, some appliances there and call it a day. But kitchens are more than just dumping grounds for food prep appliances and storage; they should be multifunctional, efficient spaces that accommodate everyone who uses them. So make sure you’re thinking about traffic flow when planning out your new space.