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21 Storage Solutions for New Kitchens

Submitted by DovetailMarketing on Wed, 07/20/2022 - 13:28

The modern-day kitchen needs creative storage solutions more than ever before. As the place for appliances, cookware and specialty gadgets, it has become difficult to organize everything. Blenders, mixers, food processors and boxes of cereal easily fill up every available inch of space.

Consumers have demanded more storage, and manufacturers have responded to the demand by inventing creative storage solutions to help solve kitchen organizing dilemmas.

Every Kitchen is Unique

We know that you kitchen designers devote a lot of your time figuring out the built-in cabinet storage solutions to include inside cabinets to get your clients as much storage as possible.

Every kitchen is unique, and every homeowner has a need for their own personalized storage. And the market is filled with options.

How Do You Decide What's Best for Your Client's New Kitchen?

Cabinet makers offer built-in storage, but their options are made from wood and can be heavy and clunky. Manufacturers that specialize in storage solutions have introduced sleek, light-weight, European styled items, which are very different from their wood counterparts.

Of course, it’s all a matter of taste.

Popular Storage Solutions

Let’s look at some of today’s popular, often-requested, creative storage options.

1. Pull-Out Pantry.

More than any other storage solution, homeowners remodeling their kitchens want an organized pantry. Why? Because they want every item visible when they open the doors, and they want the items on shelves that pull out. No more dark corners with three half-used forgotten boxes of pasta.

One of the versions shown here (Tandem Chef’s Pantry pull-out from Hafele)(top) attaches to tall cabinet doors, then slides out so that items in the back are always easily accessible.

Pantry storage options

Hafele also has a video showing another version of its pantry hardware.

Most cabinet manufacturers offer their own version of pantries, for tall cabinets, wall cabinets and base cabinets.

2. “The Swivel”, a new product from Rev-A-Shelf.

Rev-A-Shelf has re-engineered their base cabinet pull-out (that was pretty darn handy in its original form) by incorporating swiveling shelves. The shelf swivels in either direction, then returns to its center position with the self-centering, soft-close feature. Available for 9” or 12” full height base cabinets.

The two swivel shelves feature chrome railing that not only keeps items in place, but also serves as a handle when rotating the shelves. Shelves are natural Maple, and the pull-out unit comes with full-extension slides with Blumotion soft-close.

Pull-out storage with swivel shelves

 

3. Corner Storage.

With today’s creative corner storage, every single thing is accessible and in its proper place. Gone are the days when people had to get down on their hands and knees with a flashlight looking for something in a dark corner cabinet.

Although many corner storage solutions are available on the market today, we especially like the European styling of the Kesseboehmer LeMans unit.

  • Individual trays swing smoothly out of and back in the cabinet.
  • Tray heights can be adjusted to accommodate a tall stand mixer or everyday pots and pans.
  • Each tray can hold 50+ pounds, meaning one tray can hold the heaviest La Creuset Dutch Oven.
  • The unit is available with optional soft close.
  • It can be ordered with different colors of trays and metal trims.
LeMans corner storage solution

4. Pans and Lids Storage.

When it comes to useful and creative storage, Rev-A-Shelf has everything. Rev-A-Shelf’s base cabinet pull-out two-tier cookware organizer stores pots and pans on the bottom level, while the matching lids are on the top tier. As a result, everything is conveniently organized in one place.

Pans and lids storage solution

5. Cookie Sheet Organizer.

These handy organizers are perfect for muffin tins, broiler pans, cooling racks, cookie sheets, serving trays and all sizes of cutting boards. They can be installed in a cabinet or in a pull-out configuration. This organizer is a good item to order from your cabinet manufacturer; they do a decent job building and installing them at the factory. Metal options are available.

cookie sheet organizer storage solution

6. Under Sink Caddy.

The cabinet under the sink can seem impossible to organize since things easily get pushed to the back. And then there’s pipes and a garbage disposal to work around.

under sink storage solution

A clever pull-out supply caddy holds all cleaning supplies. The one in the photo even has space for dishwasher detergent. Some models can be lifted out so it can be taken where supplies are needed. It’s also convenient under the bathroom vanity for bathroom cleaning supplies.

7. Pull-out Trash Cans.

Every kitchen should include at least one pull-out trash can. No free-standing, smelly trash cans in your designed kitchen! The double bin configuration makes recycling easy. And for smaller spaces, singles are available.

pull out trash storage solution

Every manufacturer of built-in cabinet storage solutions offers many variations of under-cabinet trash storage. You can get them with lids. You can them bottom mounted or door mounted. You can get different colors of trash receptacles and the support mechanism.

You definitely need your client’s input concerning their preferences when it comes to specifying trash pull-outs.

8. Hands-Free Trash System.

An improvement on the popular pull-out trash system is the hands-free version. The wave of a foot or touch of a knee opens the cabinet and brings out the trash bins.

Specialty hardware manufacturer Richelieu has an electronic system that opens the waste bin by waving your foot in front of the sensor in the toe kick. The electronic and automatic door opener pushes out the waste bin without touching the cabinet handle. An integrated LED light indicates the sensor’s position.

hands free activated storage solution

An extremely helpful and sanitary feature to have when hands are full and/or dirty.

9. Odor Reducing Trash System.

Rev-A-Shelf offers a complete line of waste containers that feature a self-contained odor-reducing feature. The unique design keeps odors from the trash sneaking into the kitchen.

10. Spice Storage.

spice storage options

Providing enough space for storing and organizing spice jars and containers used in cooking is always difficult. A one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work for a serious cook‘s spice collection. Luckily, the manufacturers that make storage solutions are up to the challenge, and they provide different configurations for inside drawers and cabinets.

11. Slide-Out Basket Storage.

Slide out basket storage options

Wicker baskets on solid wood (Walnut or Maple) sliders are a popular decorative item. Further, they can prove practical for storing potatoes or anything that doesn’t need refrigeration, like napkins or placemats. Because these baskets are a perennial favorite, the market provides many variations. Cabinet manufacturers typically offer the wicker baskets on Maple sliders.

12. Deep Drawer Storage Solution.

deep drawer storage options

Storing dishes and glassware in a deep drawer rather than in a cabinet is a relatively recent storage innovation.

A piece of pegboard becomes the drawer bottom, then dowels, dividers and boxes can be placed to accommodate whatever needs to be stored and organized. A plate lifter makes getting plates to the table easier.

Like any storage solution, many different variations are available. For example, wire rods can hold an entire drawerful of glassware in place. Dishes can be stored vertically instead of being laid flat.

There are ergonomic advantages to storing plates and glasses in a deep drawer. Things get stored at waist level instead of up high, making it a more ergonomic solution. Storing more items below the counter is great for aging in place, as well.

13. Drawer Storage Inserts.

An essential “must-have” for any organized space is drawer inserts to corral both cooking utensils and cutlery. Your clients will appreciate the old saying: “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

In drawer storage options

Your cabinet manufacturer can make and install their proprietary versions of these inserts at the factory, and you can specify the layout. For something a bit more elegant, consider Hafele’s FineLine series of drawer inserts.

14. Tip-Out Tray Sponge Storage.

This useful storage solution has been around for years — for a good reason! A tip-out tray disguised as a drawer under the sink holds sponges, scrubbers and brushes, keeping them out of sight but close at hand.

Tip Out Tray Storage

15. Custom Stainless Steel Drawer Inserts.

stainless steel storage inserts

Custom fitted stainless steel drawer inserts take in-drawer storage to the next level. They’re attractive plus practical for keeping food fresh. You can get them as bread drawer inserts, produce drawer inserts, flour and sugar inserts. Further, they can be used for pet food storage and as a pet feeding drawer. 

16. In-Drawer Charging and In-Drawer Powering.

For your clients who are anti-clutter, here’s a most practical solution. They can hide their devices inside a drawer while they’re charging. Plus, cord clutter is in the drawer and off the counter top. And it’s not for kitchens only. Plug in hair dryers and flat irons in the bathroom, then close the drawer and eliminate looking at tangled cords.

And an outlet can be installed in a sliding pull-out shelf to provide power for a toaster or blender so it can be used without removing.  

in drawer powering

17. Utensil Bin Pull Out Storage.

Stop searching through drawers for utensils while you’re standing at the stove. This storage solution pull-put organizer for base cabinets features adjustable shelves with chrome rails to help keep everything in its place and easily accessible.

Utensil Pull Out Storage

 

18. Coffee Pod Storage.

coffee pod storage solution

Help you clients organize their coffee station with a coffee pods drawer insert. The Rev-A-Shelf version is wood, and it can be trimmed to fit precisely into the drawer.

19. Plastic Storage Containers and Lids Storage.

Plastic containers and lids storage solution

Bring sanity to the insanity that is plastic food storage containers-and-lids accumulation. This pull-out is nicely crafted with dovetail corners, chrome accent rails and soft close hardware. Anyone who has ever struggled to find the right lid for a container needs this.

20. Over Refrigerator Swing Out Shelf Storage.

Over Refrigerator Swing out shelf storage

The cabinet above the refrigerator is a difficult space to access. One solution is a swing-out shelf that brings out the contents. Requires a 24" deep cabinet.

21. Wine Storage.

Our collection of storage solutions can’t be complete without including wine storage. The experts at Hafele have different options: vertical and horizontal, wood, metal and plexi pull-outs.  

Cabinet manufacturers offer variations of wine storage, like the X cabinet or the base cabinet with wine storage cubbies. Wine storage in a toe kick drawer is especially clever.

Wine Storage Options

Of course, if your clients are oenophiles, they will have their own wine storage requirements.

Conclusion

The creative storage solutions we’ve presented here represent only a small sample of the many available options. No doubt your creativity will take you beyond what we’ve shown, but hopefully we’ve given you a starting point. The options are practically unlimited.


Bob Aungst Cabinet Sales is a full-service rep agency with the goal of matching kitchen designers and remodelers with the cabinet manufacturers best suited to their business’ style and clientele. Owner Bob Aungst III represents  Brighton CabinetryUS Cabinet Depot, Jay Rambo Cabinetry and Great Northern Cabinetry.