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In kitchens, every inch counts. That's why custom storage features are riding high with homeowners and were must-haves in over 90% of kitchen projects designed by National Kitchen & Bath Association members last year. Want to save space and increase storage in your kitchen, too? Here's how you can do that with ease and elegance.
Although the kitchen takes up little more than a corner of this 700-square foot Wisconsin condo, Denise Quade, CMKBD (of Denise Quade Design), makes it live large with functionality and style. Quade opted for a mix of Brookhaven by Wood-Mode Vista Veneer cherry cabinetry and floating shelves to lighten the look and enable dining essentials to double as accessories while also placing them within easy reach for entertaining. She also cleverly recaptured otherwise dead corner space by adding drawers to the outer end of the cabinet that runs parallel to the breakfast bar. "For this size of kitchen, there's a lot of storage," says Quade. "Cabinets are configured with two lazy susan corners, a double waste basket pull-out, plus spice and cutlery organizers. There's a place for everything, including the pull-out ironing board in the top drawer of the peninsula that faces out." And the kitchen is gorgeous to boot.
Two Wood-Mode strengths—attention to detail and purposeful design—are easy to see in the range of kitchen space savers that homeowners can choose from.
This ultimate Pull-out Pantry holds just about anything and is all about vertical storage. It is also sized right for installation between the wall and large appliances or cabinets.
Pack a lot into a small footprint with a Framed Chef's Pantry. Behind double storage doors are a mix of fixed shelving and double access, swing-out racks that reveal shallow shelves along the back of the cabinet.
At just 4-1/2 inches wide, the Pull-Out Spice Cabinet fits into narrow gaps and is an ideal home for bottles and jars that often get lost at the back of cabinets or don't easily fit because of their height.
With its cool swing-out shelves, the Corner Turnout Cabinet makes hard-to-reach storage space a thing of the past.
In many kitchens, under sink storage often gets the short end of the stick. That's when a Base Pull-Out Cabinet can save the day. Its narrow, stacked design makes it possible to keep cleaning supplies near the sink where they're needed.
While kitchens can be one of the most difficult spaces to get right when it comes to storage and efficiency, Wood-Mode space savers can transform even the smallest kitchen into a place of uber organization and undeniable style.