In a previous blog post, I mentioned some general ways to maximize space in your kitchen. This is especially important in NYC, where the average kitchen is often smaller than it would be in the suburbs. Today, I want to drill down on a vital kitchen remodeling topic – storage. Storage is probably more important in the kitchen than in any other room in your home. You need to find a convenient place to keep all your cups and plates. Your pots and pans. Your kitchen appliances and garbage cans. And you need them to be readily accessible at a moment’s notice. This requires a lot of creativity, which is a major reasons why my company, NYKB Kitchen & Bath has become one of best resources for smart kitchen designs in Manhattan.
Whenever I give an estimate on a kitchen renovation project, I am always ready to present my clients with all types of possibilities for storage. Here are a few of those options:
Creative Cabinet Choices. Kitchens come in many shapes and sizes, so each kitchen presents different challenges when it comes to cabinetry. I like to think of this as an opportunity for us at NYKB to really get creative. Cabinets can be custom-made for a relatively affordable price, which gives you an endless amount of options. With a little bit of forward-thinking, we can really maximize the amount of cabinet storage space in your kitchen without taking up too much space. For example, cabinets can be custom-built to fit into a corner, using a lazy susan used to be an easy way to ensure full access but that has become outdated, at NYKB we have the latest in kidney pullout technology. Sliding cabinets can also allow you to go very deep, while still providing easy reachability to the back-most portions. And if the area you want to put your cabinets in makes it tough for them to swing open, we can get creative with your cabinet doors!
Hanging Pots and Pans. Whether you hook them above the stove or on the wall, hanging pots and pans is a great NYC storage option. It really saves you a bunch of space, and personally, I think it looks great. Obviously, this isn’t for all tastes. But to me, exposing your pots and pans can give your kitchen a cool feel that fits right in with New York City’s vibe.
Replace Cabinets with Shelves. This is another forward-thinking option that isn’t for every homeowner or every apartment. However, I often recommend this option to my NYKB clients, especially ones with smaller kitchens. There are basically no restrictions on where you can fit a shelf, and you’d be surprised at how much bigger and more open replacing old cabinets with shelves will make your kitchen feel.
Kitchen Islands. Admittedly, many NYC clients will not have room for an island in their kitchen. But if they do, I always think it should be highly considered. Obviously, having an island will significantly increase your countertop area. But you can also fill it with drawers, giving you an almost unlimited amount of storage space. Often, I like to move the kitchen stove to the island, then combine it with one of my other storage suggestions by hanging pots and pans above it. This really looks incredible when done right!