The kitchen is one of the busiest places in any home and you’ll often find yourself there whether to cook, eat, feed your pets, or entertain family and friends. With that much activity in one place, there’s bound to be plenty of things around, but if you want to keep organized and make moving around easier, then you need to implement an effective kitchen storage idea. From big items like pots and pans to small jars and containers of flavourful spices with sweet-smelling aromas, you can create a place for everything. No matter the size of your kitchen or your budget, there’s certainly more than one way for you to arrange everything in a stylish yet unique way.
The Best Kitchen Storage Ideas Around
The space you have available to you in your kitchen plays a vital role in the type of storage you can use, but don’t let that limit you. The whole point of using kitchen storage is to maximize what you have and display items beautifully. To do so, you’ll need to find a kitchen remodeling idea that fits in with your current decor, or if you’re remodeling, choose a theme that reflects your personality and suits your everyday life. Each one of the kitchen storage is different and caters to various needs. They each have individual style and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and locations. Shelves, cubbies, drawers and more, here are 50 kitchen storage ideas to turn your kitchen into a welcoming haven.
1. Counter Shelf
Kitchens are notorious for having tons of counters and flat surfaces which are used frequently, but below the counters? There’s tons of space that you can use. This idea makes use of that space with two simple wood planks attached to the wall below the counter, and a few cubbies for smaller items.
2. Stainless Steel and Glass Storage Closet for Your Kitchen
If you have a free wall in your kitchen, then an upright storage space is more fitting. One like this allows you to keep a variety of items in one place because of the number of different compartments it has. There are a variety of drawer sizes and there are even some glass shelves you can use for cups, bowls, mugs or just about anything else you can think of.
3. Versatile Pantry
Pantries are usually used to keep dry goods, cans and boxes, but if your kitchen already has a pantry, then you can easily turn it into a one-stop spot for all your kitchen needs. By properly arranging the items on the shelves according to size and how often you use them, you’ll see how much easier it is to find items. The door to the pantry also acts as extra space for door-hanging baskets or cubbies.
4. All-in-One Kitchen Storage
This next idea is the ultimate kitchen storage. It has cabinets, drawers, and several shelves that fold into cupboards, thereby saving space and giving you more room to keep as many items as you want. The coolest part is that the whole unit opens up wider to reveal more space that is cleverly tucked away into the original size. This is a definite must-have for aspiring chefs and busy households.
5. Slender Spice Rack
When you’re cooking, it’s much more convenient to have all the ingredients and utensils you need nearby, and better yet, all in one place. What is better space to spice rack than right next to your stove? This slender drawer rack allows for a lot of items because of how deep it is. You can place bottles and jars of various sizes in and any utensils that fit in on the lower levels, making cooking a simpler experience.
6. Bowl Tower Shelf
Running out of places to put your dining ware? Then try this kitchen storage idea that gives you several racks, giving you ample space to store everything away easily. The best part is how little space a shelf like this takes up. All you need is a free wall or empty corner of your kitchen, then you can pick out a multi-rung shelf that can fit into that space, and even have it custom made to better suit your needs.
7. Spice and Cutlery Drawer
This idea is another spin on the slender spice rack we took a look at earlier. With this design, the drawer is installed right under the stove, keeping it well within reach. This design works best with electronic stovetops that don’t take up as much space as its traditional counterpart. The spaces for cutlery also mean you have an easy way to dispense your spices and herbs without having to go hunting for some in your dining cutlery drawer, keeping all the action in one simple and compact space.
8. Simple Kitchen Cubbies
This kitchen storage idea is great for minimalistic kitchens, which tend to have tons of space. In this situation, the problem isn’t having no space to put things, but finding the right place to put them. The irony about having so much space is that you might end up choosing a storage idea that eats up space instead of spacing you some. Why not keep your storage as simple and minimalistic as your actual kitchen? A few cubbies under the counter, a couple of drawers and a small over head shelf for your pots and pans and voila! You’re in kitchen storage heaven.
9. Fold-Out Multi-Part Cupboard
Here’s another one of those super-storage cupboards: one that holds just about your whole kitchen within two doors. Open them up, and you’ll be amazed just how many things it can hold- absolutely no space is wasted. From the shallow shelves on each door to the slim drawer at the very bottom, making use of the otherwise empty space, there’s a place for everything. The main part of the cupboard, however, are the pull-out shelves that are both deep and long so you can hold the equivalent of a large pantry without worrying about space.
10. Over-the-Counter Racks
We know there’s tons of space under your counter, but how about above it? Well, there’s lots of space there too. In fact, if you think about it, there’s so much space between your counters and the ceiling, you could probably store your whole kitchen on the walls alone. This design allows for three racks that can hold utensils of varying sizes, as well as some handy hooks for smaller items, so you can save the larger space for larger items. What makes the entire unit very sleek is the black background it’s set on and the matte silver finish on the racks and hooks.
11. Pull-Out Drawer Kitchen Storage
This idea is a larger-size combination of some of the ideas we looked at earlier in the list. It combines shallow drawers of different sizes that glide out easily and a shelf space at the very top for bigger items. It fits in with the other cupboards as it’s the same color, so you have a great storage solution hidden amongst the stylish decor in your kitchen.
12. Shelf and Wicker Basket Wall
Oftentimes the best place to add a storage solution is where you least expect it. If you have a hallway that connects specifically to your kitchen, then why not make use of the walls there to hold a few items you don’t need to have in the actual kitchen? This floor to ceiling shelf has several rungs for you to place anything on and at the very bottom, features a larger space that you can place more items or wicker baskets just like these ones. The color you choose for each detail can also help emphasize the theme in your kitchen.
13. Simple Shelf and Hanging Rack
This is another great kitchen storage cabinet idea for a simple kitchen design. There might not seem to be much in the way of storage when you first look at this design, but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice all the great areas that were used and combined, they can store quite a lot. First is the one-level shelf that hangs over the stove and counter. It’s placed at the perfect height to allow for tall objects and is very long, allowing you to place more on it. The space underneath houses a rack with hooks, which slows you to hang utensils on. The baskets under the counter are a great place to place hand towels and more and the small corner storage beside the chairs makes the best of a small space.
14. Swiveling Pull-Out Cupboard
This design looks like one from the future, and not only because of its matte chrome and gold colors with hints of white but the effortless style it seems to have. This space would have been just another cupboard like the rest under the counter but instead, it houses a pull our shelf with two levels that swivel around the center. This keeps you from bumping into things when reaching for items placed at the back since you can easily twist it left and right until you can easily reach for what you need.
15. Dish Drawer
Sometimes you might find that you’ve run out of space for your dinning ware, but this storage idea provides the perfect solution. The pull-out drawer is situated inside a cupboard giving you enough space for tons of dishes and with the dividers; you eliminate the possibility of them falling into each other. In larger cupboards, you can even fit bigger items such as serving trays, cookie trays, flat iron pans and so on.
16. Classy Wood Storage Solution
If you have an isolated counter or island, as they’re often called, then the only space you have available above it is the ceiling. This doesn’t mean you can’t make use of the space, it just means you have to get a little bit more creative with your storage ideas. This next design features a hanging ceiling shelf that is styled in the same way the rest of the kitchen cabinetry is. It uses the same wood and has a sleek and classic touch with the shiny metal rods that connect each shelf level to each other and the ceiling. It looks cool and provides you with ample storage space.
17. Modern Utensil Drawers
Not all kitchen cabinetry is made of wood; in fact, the more modern approach to cabinetry involves a lot of steel, black and white parts that make your entire kitchen look sleek and classic. This idea is fashioned after this modern theme and has wood accents as well. The containers are all arranged into a deep drawer and each has a clear cover which lets you see what’s inside it without having to pick it up. The second drawer of the same size houses sleek wooden bowls that pair well with the wood counter surface and the wood background in the knife and spices drawer. The last drawer has lots of dividers that are sure to keep things from moving around when you open and close it.
18. Open Pantry
This idea is one of kind and lets you keep practically all your dry food produce in one place while displaying it. The mix of colours adds a splash of excitement to the white and cream kitchen and because there are no doors covering the space, it’s easy to move in and out of the pantry. It’s like having a mini supermarket right in your kitchen. The amount of space is incredible, and practically everything has a place.
19. Standing Pantry Wall
Most pantries are rooms built into the kitchen, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry, this idea should help you out with that. These two racks are sturdy and large enough to work as a pantry and can certainly hold as much as one. They’re not too bulky so don’t take up much space, but be sure to place them against a wall or in an empty space so they’re not in the way.
20. Mini Shelf
This small shelf is great for storing jars and containers you use every day. The shelf itself doesn’t need to be too big, so you can place it in a small space nearby and have all the items within reach.
21. Deep Set Kitchen Storage Idea
Here’s another idea that uses deep cupboards. This particular style does not include any drawers, but instead has shelves and cubbies. There’s even a little space at the very top of the shelves on the door that are used for racks. It’s another super all-in-one storage that’s great for keeping anything and everything.
22. Kitchenware Storage
Another simple yet cool kitchen cabinet idea for your kitchen. There’s so much you can do with electric stove tops because of how much space they provide you in comparison to traditional cooking ranges. This design features a sleek wood drawer that’s very deep and can hold tons of pots and pans, and even a little extra space for a much smaller drawer that you can keep your oven mitts, kitchen towels are more in.
23. Simple Wood Shelves
Light wood and white go great together and this idea certainly shows it. The all white kitchen creates a clean and refreshing atmosphere and the window above the kitchen illuminates the entire space, letting light bounce off the white accents. The wood used on the floor is the same as the one used for the counter and even the shelves over the counter, adding a uniformity that is both stylish and comforting.
24. Shelf Corner
Small spaces, spaces with odd shapes, empty walls and free corners; they all make for a great storage. This particular idea makes use of an alcove in the kitchen and covers it from top to bottom with a wrap-around shelf, almost turning it into a traditional pantry. An addition to this design, if you did want a pantry would be a door or two, and if you wanted more space, you could add some shelves or racks on the inside of the door(s).
25. High-Level Racks
The things you keep close by and within reach are things you use often and most likely every day. This kitchen storage concept makes use of racks placed high on the walls, very close to the ceiling. These shelves can either be used to hold cleaning tools or items you don’t use often, or they can hold decorative accents that can add some color to the simple kitchen.
26. Built-In Kitchen Storage Idea
The sturdiest of shelves are the ones that are built into the actual kitchen- strategically arranged and divided cubbies set deep in the wall. They have a different look than an external storage rack and seem to fit rather seamlessly in with the room. The additional wood racks on the wall give you extra space.
27. Retro Geometric Tea Shelf
This storage idea has a more artistic and retro feel to it not only because of the colours used but the style and shape of the entire piece. It has more compartments than you first see. There are drawers, and the negative spaces below the flat counters create small cubbies. Underneath one side are a circle of small hooks that are perfect for hanging tea cups and right next to it are a small space for sugar packets, tea bags and other pantry staples.
28. Colourful Storage Drums
This design is a great kitchen storage idea that mixes colorful retro accents with recycling. The large metal drums are often used to transport a variety of things from liquids to goods and just about anything else, but once out of use they can be transformed into cool and helpful storage solutions. Choose any color you’d like, have a panel cut into the drum, and then add a one or two racks. It can now act as a nice counter or stand as well as a quick storage unit for dishes and more. You can have several of these around your kitchen in the same color or different ones if you prefer, to add a pop of color.
29. Staccato Drawers
This is another artistic way to store things in your kitchen. The counter includes drawers of various lengths and depths, some of which extend beyond the original length of the counter itself, creating a lower counter with the top surface. It’s practically your whole kitchen all in one spot.
30. Three-Wall Shelf
This design has the homier feel to it because of the wood selection used on the shelves as well as the soft pastel accents used with white and light brown. The shelves themselves add to the decor while creating a space to store and display the decorative china and delicate ceramics.
31. Pet Food Storage
Have a pet? Use this pet kitchen storage drawer. If you have a pet, then you’ve most likely gone through the stress of cleaning up after you, someone else or even your pet knocks over their food or water bowls. This storage idea is the perfect solution to that problem. The slender drawer comes with two large holes, the perfect size for one food and one water bowl that can be drawn out and filled when you need it, and tucked away when you don’t. The cupboard right above it is also a great place to store pet food and treats.
32. Steel Dining Ware Rack
This kitchen storage rack will literally fit in anywhere in your kitchen because of the wheels attached to the base. The metal guard that covers the back and sides of the shelf wraps slightly around the front for extra protection of the items placed on it.
33. Stylish Wood and Wrought Iron Racks
This country style kitchen rack features two wrought iron racks attached to long, wooden forks. They racks are perfect for holding kitchen towels, hanging oven mitts off the ends of, holding rolls of paper towel and even a folded apron.
34. Sleek Full-Wall Pull-Out Panel
This deep wall panel has lots or racks and space to hold several things on each level at once, without taking up much space length wise. The real storage capability is in the depth, and the best part is how easy it’s to pull out with the strategically placed handle in the middle of the outside surface.
35. Kitchen Racks, Hooks and Holders
These two kitchen storage designs can be used in any kitchen setting and can hold various items of different sizes. The hooks are great for holding kitchen utensils but can also be the base for a larger space such as a small container. The wine glass holders are great for installing under cabinets and they shine glamorously.
36. Wide Multi-Level Drawer Storage
This storage design is an alternative to a plain old cupboard. It’s divided effectively with each wood panel that act as shallow trays for storing items.
37. Quaint Kitchen Storage
If you have a small kitchen space, then you might not want to use any storage that takes up any floor space. The best option for you would be overhanging racks and shelves that stay above counters. Having several at different levels keeps the storage style from looking boring and allows you to arrange items based on how often you use them.
38. Super Counter Storage
As always, the best storage counters are the ones that can squeeze in the most compartments and make the most out of a small space. This counter is fully decked out and yet doesn’t take up any space beyond its original size. All your kitchen tools and utensils can be organized into its numerous drawers and cubbies.
39. Pot Hangers and Tray Holders
Overhead counter pot racks and hangers are one of the most classic ways to store kitchen tools and not only that, but this style is still considered modern, with bonus points for being effective. The counter itself makes use of the small space it has to hold large china tea trays, storing and displaying them all at once.
40. Country Kitchen Storage
This country themed kitchen has some great storage capacity with the wrought iron shelf it has and wood counter and shelf. The colors go well with the buttery yellow walls and brown accents placed throughout the kitchen.
41. Storage Display case
Many kitchen storage design ideas both store and beautifully display the items they hold and this design is certainly one of them. It has practically all the types of storage normally found and used in a kitchen: glass and wood cabinets, easy-roll open drawers, drink racks, wine glass holders, cubbies, baskets and shelves.
42. Prairie House Dinner Ware Storage
The soft pastel colors used on the roof and cabinetry is what gives this kitchen its prairie house look. The flow of colors also serves as a reminder of just how important keeping your decor in mind is when choosing a kitchen storage idea.
43. Uniquely Shaped Shelf
Usually, shelves are rectangular shaped and very rarely do you see a shelf that has defied this unwritten storage law. The style is all about breaking the rules to create something new, fun and refreshing and this shelf is certainly not like others.
44. Tea Shelf
If you’re a big coffee or tea drinker, chances are, you have tons of mugs, teapots, kettles, sugar bowls, milk pitchers and nowhere to put them. Why not get a shelf to display your impressive collection, placing it in an open space where you can easily swipe up what you need for your daily beverage.
45. Simple Herb and Spice Rack
Spice racks don’t need to be excessively big, but having containers of spices all crammed into a small drawer, hidden from view isn’t the ideal way to store them either. A simple spice rack like this is the perfect compromise. This way your spies have the spotlight they deserve to show off their cool colours and they act as additional decor without any effort.
46. Pot Cover Hangers
Beautiful kitchen storage cabinet. When you store pots, there sometimes isn’t any space for the pot covers, so where do you keep them? Well, if you have any free cupboard, cabinet or pantry doors, you can install these simple pot cover hangers. The simplicity of the design is marvelous and it’s as small and compact as can be, saving up so much space.
47. Restaurant Kitchen Metal Racks
Everyone knows the infamous metal racks that can be found in practically any restaurant. We’ve seen shots of them in television shows and movies and it’s no wonder why they’re still considered sleek and modern. The design itself is very simplistic as all the racks consist of are metal and rubber for the stoppers on each leg. Line one kitchen wall with these racks and you’ll see just how many items they eat up, saving you valuable space.
48. All-White and Wood
White and wood are the new black and chrome of modern kitchen storage cabinet style and design in the home. They create a bright, neat and refreshing atmosphere that just can’t be beaten, and traditional wood shelving is always a great way to go.
49. Simple Pantry Shelving
If you have a pantry, here’s a great storage idea you can use to maximize the space in it. There are rows of evenly divided spaces that accommodate items of different shapes and sizes and the shelf is created to fit perfectly into the corner of the room, making good use of the space. Having a shelf like this custom built is probably the best option for you, because that way, you can choose what compartments you want, their size and how many of each the shelf will have.
50. Spice and Bottle Rack
Most spice racks are great as just spice racks, but this design is a new breed altogether. The space between the racks is created specifically for the purpose of fitting larger bottles in between. These can be cooking wine bottles, bottled vinegar and so on. It adds some variety, visually, to the storage selection and makes use of every inch of space.
If you’re always bumping into things in your kitchen, or you often find yourself frustrated because of how messy everything is, then you definitely need a storage solution that will turn things around for you. Your kitchen should be a place that is filled with fun, laughter and comfort. Somewhere you can cook a meal in or unwind with a few friends in, and the only way you can do all that is if you are happy with the space. Clutter isn’t something anyone likes, but don’t let too little or too much space deter you. You can transform your kitchen into a cocoon of comfort with any of these amazing kitchen storage ideas that were made with you in mind.