Are you designing a kitchen? The so-called ‘hub of the home’ is where we naturally gravitate at both the beginning and end of the day. For this reason, a lot of our stuff gravitates there too – books, car keys, unpaid bills, scarves, handbags – the usual life trappings. Keeping this room in order with fantastic storage will not only save time and stress, it’ll be easier to keep clean.
And there are more than enough ways to tackle kitchen clutter, whatever your budget. From kitchen islands to bespoke shelves, utensil containers, under stair storage cupboards, storage solutions for small kitchens, pegboard splash backs and luxurious larders, here are some smart ideas to meet all your kitchen storage needs.
1. Fit a larder out like a pantry
A one-stop shop for all your kitchen storage needs, pantries provide shelves for things like eggs, racks for spices and condiments, and drawers for your potatoes and onions. A superb solution for smaller kitchens that lack cupboard units, don't miss our larder storage ideas, too.
This tidy, Shaker-style larder is by Naked Kitchens (Raynham kitchen), price on request.
2. Choose a pegboard to keep essentials handy
A simple piece of pegboard solves many a storage problem, saving you valuable time in the morning. Use it to store your keys, baking utensils or those elusive kitchen scissors.
3. Disguise storage in vintage furniture
If you're designing a vintage kitchen, or for homely farmhouse kitchen style, it doesn’t get much better than a characterful kitchen sideboard to accommodate stacks of plates, glassware and table linens.
This teal sideboard from Rouge is a capacious choice that’ll sit well beside a rustic dining table.
4. Choose slim shelves for small spaces
For minimalistic interiors, String shelving is a nice fit. Customisable and flexible, these storage systems can be dressed up or down to suit any kitchen style.
Scandi brand String provide different storage options; the system pictured includes accessible shelves for pots and pans, as well as multiple rails and canisters for stashing utensils.
5. Display kitchenware on open shelves
Including cube open shelving units is a nice way of breaking up monotonous cupboards, while providing enough room to off load those cookery books, spare vases and random ornaments.
This kitchen by Tomas beautifully mixes sleek, minimal cabinets with oak box shelves.
6. Swap cupboards for drawers
Forget about having to stoop and rummage through a cupboard for that colander/grater/lasagne dish. Pile everything neatly into drawers, instead. This makes storage both easier and tidier – especially if your drawers range in size, from slim (for cutlery) to medium (for kitchen linens) and large (for pots and pans).
Lozi’s bespoke kitchen does away with cupboards entirely.
7. Add extra storage with a freestanding unit
Designing a freestanding kitchen? An extra workstation can be a huge help if you’re a little short on worktop space, or could use another place to store heavy cast ironware.
8. Go for a streamlined kitchen
If you really can’t stand kitchen clutter, an entirely integrated set up probably appeals. This way, you can keep a few of your nicest things on display but sweep everything else into soft-close drawers and cupboards.
Bulthaup have long been the go-to for this clean, polished look beloved by architects.
9. Budget fix for small kitchens
Creating your stylish kitchen on a budget? Tiny kitchens need plenty of clever but affordable storage. Rather than taking up valuable worktop, why not hang a dish rack above the sink?
Ikea are, as always, full of smart and thrifty kitchen storage ideas.
10. Use under stair storage to the max
In small homes, space is at a premium. The gap under your stairs is geared up for whatever you need to store – laundry equipment, shoes – or, in this case, kitchenware. Discover more under stair storage options in our dedicated feature.
Roundhouse are responsible for this sleek kitchen which uses smart under stair storage.
11. Get an industrial feel in your kitchen
A freestanding, narrow mesh unit is a brilliantly space-saving storage solution. It will also allow light to flow through, avoiding any sense of crowding.
This slim cabinet from Out There Interiors will show off favoured kitchenware, plants and mementos. It can be easily squeezed into a kitchen, dining or living room.
12. Mix up kitchen storage styles
Combine a good solid sideboard with open shelving for an easy-going country house look.
Zara Home demonstrates the simple beauty of shelves generously filled with varying bowls, glassware and tea paraphernalia.
13. Multipurpose marble
A splashback that doubles as a shelf is a neat idea for any small or large kitchen.
H&M Home stylishly fill a generous marble shelf with stacked plates, bowls and storage containers.
14. Hang a rail, save cupboard space
Suspending a rail above your worktop is a fast, easy and cost effective way of adding storage to your kitchen. This is the perfect way to hang those awkward pots, pans, measuring cups and sieves that often clutter up your cupboards.
Nest makes this kitchen work harder by fixing a glossy brass rod to the brackets of a shelf.
15. Sliding doors save space in a small kitchen
A cabinet with sliding doors provides the perfect place to throw general kitchen clutter when you have guests coming over.
Cuckooland’s rustic pine cabinet has two shelves and four drawers, so plenty of room there to stash tablecloths, candleholders and other knick knacks.
16. Use every opportunity for storage
If your kitchen happens to feature a generous windowsill, use it for storage. Colourful utensil containers, potted herbs and dishwashing accessories can all live here.
House of Fraser has used a windowsill to display vintage books and a very handy storage jar.
17. Store recipe books on a smart corner unit
Utilise worktop corners cleverly by adding a section of shelves, perfect for book storage. This Roundhouse kitchen does just this, creating a neat shelving unit perfect for showing off those cookery books.
18. Hide the small stuff in jars
For open shelving, invest in attractive canisters for utensils, and jars for pulses, grains, teas and ground coffee. We've got lots more ideas for storage jars, too.
Amara’s colourful LSA pots work equally well for storing kitchen utensils or flowers.
19. Up accessibility with a lazy Susan
Invest in a ‘lazy Susan’ to make storing condiments and spices that bit easier. This two-tier kitchen helper will allow you to easily fit three times as many ingredients into that little kitchen cupboard.
The Container Store is the place to look for smart kitchen storage solutions. Their stainless steel lazy Susan can be adapted for bathroom cupboards, too.
20. Double your cupboards' capacity
Slotting an extra shelf into your cupboards is such a simple but effective way of making the most of your kitchen storage. Not only can you fit in twice as much cookware (or tableware), but this quick fix will keep everything organised too.
21. Work in a niche for trays
If you’re investing in a whole new kitchen, think about those extra features that will help to keep your worktops clear.
Neptune’s Suffolk kitchen includes clever integrated storage for trays – a savvy alternative to keeping them out on your work surface, collecting dust.
22. Use vertical space
Lacking wall space? Suspend shelves from your kitchen ceiling instead. This is an effective way of storing and displaying glassware, cake stands and so on – as this sleek design by Hub Kitchens demonstrates.