Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kitchen Storage New Ideas

A pullout next to the cooktop keeps oils, vinegars, and other cooking staples out of sight yet close at hand. Storing away extra bottles and jars keeps the counters of this midcentury modern home clean and uncluttered, perfect for the style's minimal aesthetic.

The designer of this '50s-style modern kitchen opted for sleek, slab-face, lacquer-finish cabinets, accented with frosted-glass doors. A pullout between the ovens and the dish storage boasts wire shelves for pantry items. "Because it's a narrow space, you don't want a lot of visual clutter," the homeowner says.

A deep drawer under the cooktop is designed to accommodate large pots with their lids in place. The drawer glides open easily, even when fully loaded. Glass panels on the sides make it easy to see what's inside. The drawer front looks like solid wood, but is actually laminate -- photography of real wood glued on marine-grade plywood.

Tired of neatly stacking your forks in a silverware drawer? Cabinetmakers now offer more specialty storage inserts than ever to meet almost every organization need. Make use of narrow spaces with inserts, such as these utensil holders.

Want to add some pullouts? You won't necessarily need to buy custom cabinets. Though custom cabinetry offers the widest variety of options, custom pullouts are now available in semicustom work. Another option: aftermarket products to modify stock cabinetry

A slim vertical pullout capitalizes on a narrow corner area to provide convenient spice storage. Dowel "guardrails" on the shelves hold the small containers in place. The storage also gives the cook a clear view of the kitchen's spice supply.

Get clutter off the countertops. A convenient hiding place keeps your toaster at the ready and out of sight. If your plans include a convenient pop-out toaster shelf, make sure it doesn't intrude into a main passageway.

Ever send your pots and pans crashing about as you struggle to find the right lid for a saucepan? The struggle ends in this kitchen


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