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6 Ways to Maximize Space During a Kitchen Remodel With the exception of closets, there is no other place in a home that can benefit more from efficient use of space than the kitchen. It’s the family hangout spot. It’s where you prepare meals. It’s the place where you have dinners and discussions. In other words, every square inch counts. In most cases, there’s no way to physically add space to the kitchen. However, there are ways to redesign the kitchen to maximize the space you have. If it’s time for a kitchen remodel, the tips below can make the space feel larger and more efficient. Take Measurements First Gilman’s Kitchens and Baths, an expert team specializing in kitchen remodeling & design in San Francisco, recommends that the first thing you do is accurately measure the space. Customers that haven’t hired a contractor can use their in-home measurement service to ensure they’re ordering the right materials and truly maximizing the space. In addition to measuring the floor space, you’ll want to measure your current countertop space and cabinet dimensions. Measuring the cabinets will help you determine how much extra storage space is needed. It will also give your cabinet provider a better idea of the space you’re working with and how much more can be added. Make a List of What Works and What Doesn’t Next, do a thorough assessment of your kitchen space. Make a list that notes what works and what doesn’t work with your current setup. How much more cabinet space and countertop space do you need? Are there design issues that are preventing you from making the best use of the space? Go over every nook and cranny, taking note of how much space is used and what it’s being used for currently. If you have less than one cabinet of free space and don’t plan on getting rid of anything it’s time to consider adding cabinets. Also, keep in mind whether there are additions you’d like to make that will take up space. Your list will help you focus on changes that make your kitchen more efficient for your unique needs. Utilize the Vertical Space When you’re taking measurements and assessing the kitchen’s functionality, don’t forget to measure the vertical space. There’s a good chance you have unutilized space above your cabinets and refrigerator. There are so many ways you can store more by focusing above your eyeline: Hang shelves for storing dishware and hanging glasses. Installing taller cabinets above the counter. Use a hanging rack over the kitchen island. Put magnetic strips on the wall for holding spice containers, knives, etc. Don’t let walls become wasted space. Scour Pinterest and Houzz to see how other homeowners have redesigned their kitchens to make use of vertical space. Make Organization a Priority The more well-organized things are, the more efficient things will be in the kitchen. For example, you can find creative ways to store coffee mugs to save space in the cabinets. A hanging pot rack can keep kitchen equipment organized and make use of the vertical space. Drawer organizers are another way to store more and find things much faster. Remember, clutter always makes a space feel smaller. Keep things organized and the kitchen will appear larger. Use Efficient Cabinet Construction Most cabinets are fairly basic. They have a door on front and two or three fixed shelves inside. As you probably already know the backs of those cabinets get underutilized and the things that are put in the back get forgotten. Today you can get around that shortcoming and maximize the space of existing storage cabinets with sliding shelves. A lazy Susan style shelf in the corner cabinet, converting the top cabinets to pull-out construction and shelves that move independently increase the capacity of your cabinetry. Install a Pull-Out Pantry Is your pantry space limited? Do you currently lack a true pantry in the kitchen? A pull-out pantry is a great solution for storing groceries when space is limited. The design allows you to see and reach every inch of the shelving. It’s ideal when you have a fair amount of depth but little width for the pantry.
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6 Ways to Maximize Space During a Kitchen Remodel With the exception of closets, there is no other place in a home that can benefit more from efficient use of space than the kitchen. It’s the family hangout spot. It’s where you prepare meals. It’s the place where you have dinners and discussions. In other words, every square inch counts. In most cases, there’s no way to physically add space to the kitchen. However, there are ways to redesign the kitchen to maximize the space you have. If it’s time for a kitchen remodel, the tips below can make the space feel larger and more efficient. Take Measurements First Gilman’s Kitchens and Baths, an expert team specializing in kitchen remodeling & design in San Francisco, recommends that the first thing you do is accurately measure the space. Customers that haven’t hired a contractor can use their in-home measurement service to ensure they’re ordering the right materials and truly maximizing the space. In addition to measuring the floor space, you’ll want to measure your current countertop space and cabinet dimensions. Measuring the cabinets will help you determine how much extra storage space is needed. It will also give your cabinet provider a better idea of the space you’re working with and how much more can be added. Make a List of What Works and What Doesn’t Next, do a thorough assessment of your kitchen space. Make a list that notes what works and what doesn’t work with your current setup. How much more cabinet space and countertop space do you need? Are there design issues that are preventing you from making the best use of the space? Go over every nook and cranny, taking note of how much space is used and what it’s being used for currently. If you have less than one cabinet of free space and don’t plan on getting rid of anything it’s time to consider adding cabinets. Also, keep in mind whether there are additions you’d like to make that will take up space. Your list will help you focus on changes that make your kitchen more efficient for your unique needs. Utilize the Vertical Space When you’re taking measurements and assessing the kitchen’s functionality, don’t forget to measure the vertical space. There’s a good chance you have unutilized space above your cabinets and refrigerator. There are so many ways you can store more by focusing above your eyeline: Hang shelves for storing dishware and hanging glasses. Installing taller cabinets above the counter. Use a hanging rack over the kitchen island. Put magnetic strips on the wall for holding spice containers, knives, etc. Don’t let walls become wasted space. Scour Pinterest and Houzz to see how other homeowners have redesigned their kitchens to make use of vertical space. Make Organization a Priority The more well-organized things are, the more efficient things will be in the kitchen. For example, you can find creative ways to store coffee mugs to save space in the cabinets. A hanging pot rack can keep kitchen equipment organized and make use of the vertical space. Drawer organizers are another way to store more and find things much faster. Remember, clutter always makes a space feel smaller. Keep things organized and the kitchen will appear larger. Use Efficient Cabinet Construction Most cabinets are fairly basic. They have a door on front and two or three fixed shelves inside. As you probably already know the backs of those cabinets get underutilized and the things that are put in the back get forgotten. Today you can get around that shortcoming and maximize the space of existing storage cabinets with sliding shelves. A lazy Susan style shelf in the corner cabinet, converting the top cabinets to pull-out construction and shelves that move independently increase the capacity of your cabinetry. Install a Pull-Out Pantry Is your pantry space limited? Do you currently lack a true pantry in the kitchen? A pull-out pantry is a great solution for storing groceries when space is limited. The design allows you to see and reach every inch of the shelving. It’s ideal when you have a fair amount of depth but little width for the pantry.
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