by Lauren Busser The House Designers Contributing Writer
The kitchen is the place where Americans spend much of their time and with Thanksgiving just around the corner you might wonder how you can get the most out your kitchen design. More counter space, plenty of storage, and lots of organization are prime things to have in any well-equipped kitchen. Let us show you some of the ways to make your kitchen design more efficient.
Using custom cabinetry from KraftMaid® is the perfect way to maximize your storage space. With custom cabinetry you can design a kitchen that fits your needs perfectly and utilizes every possible nook for storage. What you can fit into your kitchen of course ultimately depends on it's square footage but you can be sure that if you go custom, not an inch of space will go to waste.
A really good place to start with your kitchen design is to focus on maximizing your kitchen’s efficiency. One of the first steps is to keep your countertops as clear as possible. Simple things like building your microwave and mini-oven into a wall helps and appliance 'garages' keep lesser used appliances out of sight and out of your way.
Creative drawer solutions also help keep things organized. You can use pegboard drawers to create personalized compartments for plates, or stackable drawers that offer you layers of storage. Other drawers like pull-out arena cabinets let you see the contents of a cabinet in 180 degrees. You may visit sites like KraftMaid® Kitchen Storage Solutions for lots of specialized organization ideas.
Creative shelving is another way to maximize your kitchen storage. Even if you don’t install shelves you can use wall space or fixtures hanging from the ceilings to store pots, pans, and utensils. You could even hang a produce basket.
Kitchen islands are another great way to increase your counter space and your storage at the same time. Depending on the design of your island you can have your cake and eat it, too. Not only does an island make for good storage and increased counter space, but it is also an ideal place to set up a cruidite or buffet to entertain your guests.
Designing your kitchen might seem like a bit of a mystery but with some careful planning and thought you can make your kitchen a place you love to cook and entertain in. If you like, maybe next year you will be the one who hosts Thanksgiving dinner.