9 Ideas to Keep Your New Kitchen Functional and Organized
Get everything you want by considering nine ideas from IKEA® during the planning phase of your remodel.
By: Kristen Wingard
Vertical Wall Storage
Use magnets, hooks and rods to create Organization Central. These kitchen items store neatly within a contained amount of space that might otherwise go unused. This idea is great for kitchens of any size and the customizable layout options are endless.
Live on the Big Island
We all know everyone gathers in the kitchen, so plan for it by designing a custom, U-shaped kitchen island using modular cabinetry and a durable countertop. It'll keep you in the middle of the action and give everyone else a place to do their thing.
Hidden, Not Forgotten
Clear off countertops and maximize corner-cabinet space by installing a two-tiered carousel. Smart storage solutions like this mean you can keep both often-used and rarely used items tucked away but within easy reach.
When space is limited or you don't require gourmet appliances, consider a totally flat glass ceramic cooktop for your kitchen remodel. Its sleek profile fits in a traditional and contemporary kitchen so it works no matter your style.
Simple change, major difference. Fill a designated drawer with spice inserts for an easy way to keep these cooking essentials handy. Gone are the wasteful days of three jars of oregano because you couldn't see your supply all at once.
Keep Continuity in Mind
A custom look doesn't have to come at a custom price. Designing your new kitchen with appliances covered in integrated doors that match your cabinetry is an easy and smart way to get a cohesive, complete kitchen. This dishwasher is just as functional, but blends in nicely when closed.
Plug-in lighting strips with motion sensors go where no light has gone before. Forget fumbling in the dark for the flashlight or struggling to read labels if other lights aren't on. A good kitchen lighting plan includes simple extra touches like these.
Mise En Place
Do you dream of such organization? This French phrase means "everything in place" and making it a reality is easier than you think. Sensible storage planning puts everyday items neatly near where they're used most.
Talk about functional and sleek. An induction cooktop has no open flames and generates heat directly into compatible pots or pans, making it more efficient than gas.