Spice Racks for Cabinets
Spice racks for cabinets are a great addition to any kitchen. They come in a variety of choices, colors and styles at prices ranging from a few dollars to $200 or more.
Stash Stuff in Plain Sight
Open shelves provide plenty of storage while keeping everyday serveware, pots and pans within easy reach. For the true chef, built-in knife slots in this kitchen's butcher-block island keep culinary tools handy. Photo courtesy of The Brooklyn Home Company
Don't Forget the Kids
Keep little ones busy while you finish up dinner prep with hideaway kitchen storage for art supplies. Roll-out shelves make the most of the storage space at the end of this colorful island and make it easy for kids to access crayons and paper then neatly put everything away again. Photo courtesy of Mullet Cabinets, Inc.
Customize Your Pantry
Shelves, pullout baskets and shallow drawers will ensure your pantry offers a place for everything and keeps everything in its place. "Even small closets can be converted into orderly and spacious walk-in pantries. It's about making the best use of the space you have," says Rozalia Kiss, design manager of transFORM.
Even if there isn't room for a walk-in pantry, you don't have to sacrifice much-needed storage. Designer Bart Lidsky of The Hammer & Nail, Inc. embraces the height of this kitchen to create a fully functional pantry with cabinetry. No space is wasted with tall pullouts and drawers and shelves of varying sizes which allow for a variety of food storage needs.
Stash Bottles Safely
Curved cradles turn an ordinary pantry shelf into a beverage storage center and allow you to store wine — or even water or soda — bottles on their sides without fear of them falling off the shelf. Photo courtesy of transFORM
Keep Veggies Fresh Year Round
Keep root vegetables, like onions and potatoes, fresh longer by storing them in a cool, dry, dark place. Handy open-weave baskets, like these, provide air circulation to keep the veggies dry while the cabinet's interior protects them from sunlight. Photo courtesy of Dura Supreme Cabinetry
Put Pots in Their Place
Instead of precarious stacks of cookware piled in the back of a cabinet, store your everyday pots in a handy drawer. This drawer features two separate sections: a deep area for housing big pots and a shallow roll-out for storing potholders, lids and trivets. Photo courtesy of Dura Supreme Cabinetry
Handy Sink Storage
To really maximize the storage in your kitchen, put unused areas to work. Typically, the "drawer" in front of the kitchen sink is just a false front, but with the addition of cleverly hidden hinges and a stainless steel tray, it becomes out-of-sight storage for wet sponges and scrub brushes. Photo courtesy of Mullet Cabinets, Inc.
Pullout pantry racks are a smart place to store canned goods, dry goods, and fruits and vegetables, while still providing greater visibility and ease of access. "Your home and pantry should enhance your lifestyle, whether you are hosting friends or cooking dinner for the family," says Rozalia Kiss, design manager of transFORM.
Clear the Countertops
Wine Lover's Storage
Homeowner Susan Opperman wanted to display her husband's passion for wine in a fresh, modern way. Her custom-constructed island safely houses 30 bottles of wine in a functional design without distracting from the kitchen's overall look. Design by Sally Ross Designs and Kenzer Furniture; Photo by George Ross Photographs
Functional and Concealed
Hideaway storage is key to keeping a kitchen looking well organized and clean. Pantry-style shelves and pullout drawers maximize storage space in a narrow cabinet next to the double ovens and refrigerator in this kitchen designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchens & Bath Ltd.
Add Storage to the Island
Large islands are the ideal space to add much-needed storage as well as a few luxuries. Designer Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchens & Bath Ltd., included an under-counter beverage refrigerator, deep and shallow drawers, and even an extra prep sink to create a functional and stylish island.
Vertical pullout spice racks are the perfect solution for small kitchens, since they take up a minimal amount of real estate while providing plenty of storage. The hidden storage also keeps the spices out of light, which can weaken their flavor. Photo courtesy of Dura Supreme Cabinetry
Great alternatives to free-standing spice racks that take up space on your countertops, spice racks for cabinets offer a variety of options to organize your spices: pullout spice organizers, horizontal column pullouts, door-mount spice racks and tiered spice racks with interchangeable shelves.
Pullout spice organizers come in a variety of options. My favorite by far is the pull-down stainless steel spice rack that stacks inside the kitchen cabinet, but still has an individual flair. It makes finding the spices you need for cooking preparation so much easier, with less hassle and mess, and it conveniently pulls out and folds down in front of you so the spices are at eye level for easy access. I find this type of spice rack to be the most efficient and least obtrusive.
You can also have a pullout spice rack built into your cabinet to match the facing of the other cabinets as part of the furniture. The rack still pulls out for easy access to the spices, as it is with a horizontal column pullout. This is a great option for lining up spices for easy access and convenience, while still maintaining fluidity with the other cabinets in the kitchen. With a facing that matches the other cabinets, it pulls out like a sideways drawer and has shelves that line up your spices in single file for easy identification.
Door-mount spice racks are specifically designed to hang on the inside of the cabinet door to protect spices from too much light. They come in a variety of styles, but they keep spices arranged side-by-side so access and location are easy and quick. Adjustable shelves are common with this design, and the racks are usually made of wood or metal.
Traditional tiered spice racks also can be made to hang on the inside door of your kitchen cabinet. They're like mini-caddies for spices, able to stand alone on the countertop, mount to the wall or the inside of a cabinet, or be carried to your work area as needed. In a nutshell, it's like a portable shelving unit for your spices. These racks are made from a variety of materials ranging from wood to metal to plastic, and they're built in a variety of designs and styles to fit any tastes and budget.
If you're looking to make your kitchen as organized and efficient as possible without cluttering your countertops, consider adding a spice rack to your list of must-have kitchen accessories.
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