Top 5 Tips to Improve Kitchen Functionality

Multipurpose kitchens are most definitely one of the hottest current kitchen trends we are seeing for home improvements in 2017. Homeowners are looking for design inspiration to maximaze the utility of their kitchen space to allow for greater functionality, storage and multiple uses such as a home office or laundry space. Whether you live in a city condominium with minimal square footage or a suburban home with lots of space, kitchen function will be top of mind as you consider reorganizing or renovating your kitchen.  

Tip 1: Install a kitchen cabinet with storage on the bottom for larger items and a pull out counter on the top to allow for extra counter space. One of the best uses for large kitchen pull out drawers under the sink is to allow for a multiuse drawer specifically dedicated to compartmentalizing garbage, recycling, composting, and possibly another container for fish as is custom in European kitchens. 

Tip 2: Install smaller kitchen appliances. By decreasing the size of a standard stove top or, even better, by selecting a kitchen design that incorporates a stove top and oven appliances into the cabinetry, you can save valuable square footage in your kitchen. 

Tip 3: Utilize wasted space. Some areas may not be an ideal shape but sometimes a built-in may greatly increase your storage space. Depending on the space you have available, you may be able to add a small home office or a hidden laundry pantry to store your detergents, ironing board and iron. This tip can be especially helpful in high-rise gallery kitchens because so many developers are now installing laundry units adjacent to the kitchen or in hallways leading to the kitchen, if the living space is multifunctional and open-concept.

Tip 4: Use your walls to vertically expand the functionality of your kitchen space. Create a shelf within a shelf. Often homeowners need help maximizing the space they have inside of their cabinets. If you have small items for shelfs with a lot of height, get another shelf so you can store more things. If you have more specific needs or questions, Improve Canada consultants are here to help you! 

Tip 5: Use your ceiling to enhance functionality, especially in small spaces by hang your pots and pans to gain extra storage. One of the benefits of this is that you will always have your kitchen tools within an arms-length reach. One the flip-side, this is not highly recommended if you are still using unsightly pots and pans. If this is an idea you would like to pursue but lack the budget, start by purchasing a new set of pots and pans and budgeting for the next phase of your kitchen remodel. 

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