When it comes to home modeling, the kitchen is the most popular room in the house. Out of the top 20 U.S. metro areas, homeowners in San Francisco spend the most money on kitchen remodels, averaging almost $70,000 for a large kitchen.
Within the kitchen remodeling realm, U.S. kitchen cabinet demand is projected to grow to almost $17.1 billion by 2021. Cabinets alone generally account for 40 to 50% of total kitchen remodel costs.
A lot of kitchen remodeling is done to breathe some new life into a worn down kitchen and perhaps to add some more space to a once cramped area. You can do just that by making some easy adjustments to your kitchen cabinets:
- Make shelving adjustments: If you feel your running out of kitchen cabinet space, there’s a good chance you haven’t adjusted your cabinet shelves in a while. If you feel you aren’t getting the most of the space available in your cabinet, don’t be afraid to move the shelves to spots better suited for your items. Ultimately, you want to make your cabinets work for you and not have to feel like you’re cramming stuff into small spots.
- Use risers: If you are dealing with extra cabinet space, risers or even something like folding shelf brackets can be a big help too. Risers or shelf brackets can significantly improve the amount of space on a shelf, plus it gives you something which protect the cabinet by moving items off the very bottom.
- Use the bottom: While you want to make sure you things like shelf liner which protects the cabinet bottom, using the cabinet bottom can be beneficial. Adding hooks to the bottom can help you hold tools and dishware like cups in place. Adding magnetic strips can help you hold items in place as well.
- Stack items: Another way to ensure you get the most of your cabinet space is by using easily stackable containers. Not only can you have better organization in your cabinets, but you’ll mostly likely end up creating some extra space since everything will be in neat order instead of a jumbled mess. Using stackable containers also protects the cabinet bottom, since you won’t have loose items strewn about. Don’t be afraid to add things like a slide out spice rack for better organization too.
- Get some hooks: As previously mentioned, hooks on a cabinet bottom can be beneficial, but hooks in other spots in the cabinet too. Maybe you can hang them from the ceiling to hang cups and measuring spoons. Maybe you can hang hooks on the inside of the doors to store towels or extra kitchen appliance parts.
- Keep the dishes in order: One way to keep your extra dishware in order is to put a dish rack in one of your kitchen cabinets. This gives you a spot to store some of your lesser-used dishware (such as holiday dishware) and helps keep things in order. As an added bonus a dish rack also protects the cabinet bottom from potential scratches from some of your finer dishware. If you don’t use a dish rack, a magazine holder turned on its side works well as far as kitchen organizers go.
When it comes to reorganizing your kitchen, the sky is the limit. While a complete remodel can transform your kitchen into something brand new, there’s a lot you can do with your existing kitchen too. With a little imagination and the use of some common household items, you might just find you have more cabinet space than you thought.
At any rate, there’s a lot you can do to make your cabinet space work for you rather than wondering how or where you’re going to make everything fit whether you’re got a small kitchen or a large kitchen. Use the whole cabinet to your advantage and remember to use an organizer that protects the cabinet bottom and gives you more space.