Islands Free up Your Walls
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Storage space doesn't have to be along your kitchen's perimeter; or even built-in. Islands also serve as an essential workspace that frees up space along the kitchen walls while creating a striking design statement. Don't overlook the island's value as a storage space. If you use your island surface for food prep, installing a cutting board, cutlery drawer, small sink, or trash drawer will save you valuable time. Similarly, locate pots and pans, pot holders, or serving platters on and in cooking islands.
Your options for island storage solutions include:
Place your cooktop on your island, freeing up the wall space formerly taken up by the ventilation unit.
Consider installing a microwave in your island; they can eat up your countertop space.
Add a storage and work space that can be moved around when entertaining with a wheelable cart or rolling island.
Attach hooks or bars to island ends for hanging dishtowels and potholders.
Showcase your cooking penchant; open shelving lends itself to cookbook storage.
Built-in Ironing Board
A discrete design makes this pull-out ironing board perfect for tucking out of sight. Slipped under a countertop or just above your washer or dryer, the Asko HiddenHelper pull-out ironing board makes it easy to press out wrinkles in your favorite blouse or slacks. Once finished, the board collapses and slides back under the counter or between your washer and dryer, eliminating the storage hassle of a freestanding ironing board. Asko
Waste Bin Pull-Out
While storing your waste receptacle under your countertop might be a no-brainer, the difficulty of opening your cabinet doors while balancing an arm's load of trash can prove to be a mess. Fortunately, with the Blum SERVO-DRIVE waste bin system, your kitchen benefits from handy waste storage while keeping things simple with the unique SERVO-DRIVE drawer opening system. With a simple touch of the drawer front, this waste cabinet opens so you can dump your trash even if your arms are full. Blum
Accessories on backsplashes, such as the 9-inch shelf over this Electrolux Icon Professional range-help keep everything you need for cooking close at hand while keeping things orderly. A potfiller over the cooktop does it part to make life easier by eliminating the chore of hauling heavy pots and pans from the sink to the range. Electrolux
Wine Storage Cabinet
While it's nice to have a handy place to tuck away a few cabernets or pinots, finding a new and interesting way to display a wine collection is equally important to the seasoned oenophile. This four-cornered storage unit from KraftMaid allows for easy access and an aesthetic touch to storing wine bottles. Whether installed as a wall of units or placed singly under a countertop, this wine organization accessory offers a unique stylish storage option. KraftMaid
Adjustable Pantry System
As seasons turn and families grow, pantry needs change too. Whether you want to make snacks more accessible for the kids or find the holiday linens, the freedomRail from Schulte Storage helps you transform your pantry to make access convenient and organization easy. Each component on the freedomRail pantry system easily moves up and down, left and right, without the need for tools. Accessories like wine cubbies, baskets for dry goods, apron hooks and bookends for cookbooks make any space easily organized and customizable. Schulte Storage
Pull-Out Pantry Rack
With its multiple storage racks and sleek design, this pull-out pantry offers up plenty of space for cereal, soup and more. The pantry's mechanized pull-out system also helps the unit close smoothly and safely. The rack automatically slides shut for the last 2 inches, protecting fingers from pinching and ensuring no banging doors. Sidelines
Cabinet Organizing Drawer
When it comes to sorting out your cabinets, organizers like this drawer from simplehuman lay a foundation for storage sanity. Available in three different sizes-9, 14 and 20-inch widths, each model comes with a pre-welded ball bearing track and hardware for easy installation vertically or horizontally. A removable plastic drip guard protects cabinet interiors from spills and leaks. The 14-inch unit shown above includes a removable storage caddy to allow for items to be easily toted. simplehuman
Range Hood Storage
Created by designer Fu-Tung Cheng, the Cache hood from Zephyr features a spacious storage compartment that hides behind the hood's front panel. Besides space for herbs, spices and other cooking needs, the hood also includes a utensil rail for hanging spoons and spatulas. With a hand-burnished stainless steel finish, the Cache hood is available in 30-, 36- and 48-inch widths. Zephyr
With its two independent operating shelves and adjustable dividers, this cookware organizer from Rev-a-Shelf accommodates everything from the saucepan lid to the oversized wok. Designed for base cabinets, the ball-bearing slides and chrome-plated wire frame can accommodate up to 100 pounds of heavy-duty pots and pans. Rev-a-Shelf