Kitchens can be chaotic at the best of times, so consider the flow of movement around the space and plan storage for each individual function for a room that works hard without fuss.
1. Multi-tasking furniture
Opt for built-in banquette seating to house a range of deep drawers and practical pull-out baskets. For similar benches, try a selection, Wayfair. Baskets, from £38 each, Neptune
2. Peg rack to hang kitchenalia
Save critical drawer space by hanging up essential utensils. For a similar rack, try the reclaimed rack, £129, Seagirl and Magpie range, Notonthehighstreet.com
3. Freestanding shelving units
Open shelving are also great storage saviours if you lack cupboard space. Open shelving can look messy, so add trugs, boxes and containers to keep your kitchenalia in check. Shelving, £39.99, Homebase.
Painted crates, £30 for two, Next. Apple crates, £19 each; zinc bucket, £21;
all The Orchard Home and Gifts range, Notonthehighstreet.com
4. Open view wall of shelves
Capacious open shelves are a modern alternative to a bulky kitchen dresser - make a style statement by painting them in a dark, striking colour
For a similar paint, try the Pitch Blue Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
5. Island unit ledges
Swap deep or cluttered cupboards for in-built island ledges to give your favourite china a place to stand out
6. Slide and hide storage
Whether you want to show off antique buys or shut away clutter, who wouldn't want this catch-all cupboard with sliding doors? Even shallow shelves can hold plenty when they span a wide wall area
7. Wheel this portable island in when you need an extra prep surface
Bramante kitchen bar, £299, Made.com
8. Mugs, pots, plants - hang them all here
Copper kitchen storage rack, £40, The Contemporary Home
9. Pack bulky jars and bottles into a sturdy wooden apple crate
Knagglig box, £5, Ikea
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Holly Walsh has been Content Editor at Ideal Home since 2021, but joined the brand back in 2015. With a background of studies in Interior Design, her career in interior journalism was a no-brainer and her passion for decorating homes is still as strong as it ever was. While Holly has written for most of the home titles at Future, including Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors, Homes and Gardens and Style at Home, Ideal Home has always been her ideal home, and she can be found sharing her expertise and advice across both the printed magazine and the website too.
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