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Not everyone can have a massive kitchen with tons of storage space and a separate pantry. Since gutting your space and starting anew may not be a possibility, find easy ways to make use of the small kitchen that you do have. Get all the inspiration you need by taking a look at these clever kitchen organization ideas. With a few simple DIYs and organizing products from Amazon, you'll take charge of your space, tackling messy drawers, cabinets and shelves.

Before you put these organizing tips to work, take a look at your kitchen to see what you need help with most: your overflowing spice racks, cluttered drawers and cabinets, messy pantry, to name a few. It may be easiest to tackle one area at a time, starting with organizing everyday essentials (pots and pans, for example) before working your way to more tedious tasks, like decanting spices and baking supplies into matching glass containers. Little by little, you'll notice that in addition to looking neat and clutter-free, your kitchen will be more fit to cook, bake and entertain in — a tell-tale sign that you did it right.


Top 26 Awesome Ideas to Use Narrow or Dead Space in Kitchen

No matter the size of your kitchen, there are always some difficult to use space or dead space exists. These spaces are often overlooked and and not used at all for any purpose. For example: what do you do when you have just a few inches at the end of a cabinet run? I think most of people may give it up. But we have found many cases of using tiny space, and they also apply to the thinnest or shallowest spaces in the kitchen. A gap of just a few inches can fit in a pull out rack with storage for kitchen items. The narrow space beside the fridge can be turn into a spice and canned goods pantry…There are many ideas like this for using a few inches of space in the kitchen, so keep reading and you’ll get your answer.

1. Vertical storage for baking sheets in a narrow cabinet:

2. The space above the stove usually be overlooked, but you can create a shelf for oils and vinegars:

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3. Narrow cabinets installed on the side of a cupboard or base cabinet can be your extra pantry:


4. Look for an idea for the unused space under your cabinets – under-cabinet drawers:

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5. There are 3 clever ways to take advantage of the narrow space next to the fridge:

    5.1 Turn the narrow cabinet beside the fridge into a spice and canned goods pantry:


    5.2 Build the narrow wine rack beside the fridge:


    5.3 Cleverly use a narrow space next to the refrigerator to build cookbook shelves:

6. Not enough kitchen counter top? Create an extendable work surface using heavy duty brackets that fold down when not in use:

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7. Kitchen Backsplash Shelf and Organizer:


8. The over space of kitchen sink is usually not used to make cupboard, so you should make the most of this space(such as: Add a floating shelf for cookbooks storage; build a drying rack for pots and pans):

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Install a dish draining rack over the sink:


9. Create a tablet and recipe book holder under kitchen cabinets, when not in use, it will be hidden:

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10. Connect two Billy bookshelves together to build a kitchen island with lots of storage space:

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11. Make full use of kitchen wall, just like these dark walnut corner floating shelves:


12. This narrow pull-out cabinet is a great solution for your wasted corner cabinet:

13. Breaking the mess of the countertop, you can use the wicker basket to store kitchen items:

14. DIY Pull out the countertop gives you more room to operate:

15. Swing arm stools are great seating option for tiny kitchen:

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16. DIY a chopping board storage unit beside your kitchen stove, and it could double as a shelf for oil, seasonings etc:

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17. Set up a backsplash shelf and spice organizer:

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18. All homes have inefficient corners, gaps, put them to clever use, such as creating a tall narrow closet for cleaning items:

19. Use small tension rods to hold wire baskets at an angle under the kitchen sink:

20. Need more storage space, you could build a hanging shelf over your kitchen island:

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21. Small kitchens have very limited storage space, so do not miss the base cabinet doors, they can be used to store pot & pan lids:

22. If you only have a tiny space for kitchen, then you can consider designing an U-shaped kitchen:


23. A clever way to make use of the dead space at the end of a kitchen counter – DIY spice rack:

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24. Remove the door from the corner cabinet, then install hooks to hang pots and pan:

25. Raise the cabinets to the ceiling and add a shelf under them to squeeze out some more storage space:


26. Add a spice shelf to the backsplash to gain more storage and clutter free kitchen countertop:


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Shelves that Slide Inc "We Make Your Life Easier" with custom made rollout kitchen shelving designed for your existing cabinets. Think of us as your shelf depot. It does not matter whether you call them pullouts, sliding shelves, glide out shelfs, pull-out shelving, rollouts, sliders etc. We offer a large selection of custom made shelves and other accessories to help organize your kitchen, pantry, and bathroom cabinets. We really do make your life easier and we have been doing so for over twenty years! We ship our pull outs all across the United States and Canada. Take a look at our sliding shelf do-it-yourself page for our slide out shelf measuring guide and our sliding shelfing installation tips for information on do it yourself installation instructions for installing slide out shelving in your kitchen cabinets. You can install custom pull out shelves in your cabinets for easy access kitchen storage and stop getting down on your hands and knees to get to that pot or pan in the back of  your kitchen cabinets! Organization and convenience work hand and hand with sliding shelves and kitchen cabinet accessories from Shelves That Slide, the original and best place for roll out trays, we even offer pull out TV shelves. Quality pull out kitchen organizers for less

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Shelves that Slide has been custom making pullout kitchen shelving for a nearly 30 years now. We call them sliding shelving but they are really more short sided drawers. Some have taller sides, fronts and backs or we even have shelves with slanted sides and a tall back. We make bread drawers with sliding tops to keep your breads and rolls safe and fresh. Our custom sliding-shelves installed in your kitchen cabinets make your life easier every day you use them. To make our pull out shelves we use top quality materials such as grade B/B 9 ply Baltic Birch for our kitchen shelving and drawer slides from Blum to build some of the best sliding shelves money can buy. We did not invent pull out shelves, they have been around for over fifty years and probably longer than that. Take a look under the sink in most houses and you will find that the cleaning supplies are usually kept in a box of some form or another. It is difficult to get items out from a sink cabinet and by necessity people tend to put all of the cleaning supplies in a box and then slide it out to grab what they need. Of course in this case there are no slides an you have to support the box as you pull it out but really it is not a far cry from there to a wooden box or drawer with slides attached. Yes it is a major improvement but not really that big on an advancement. When Del Web started the Sun City idea so many years ago the home design was made with seniors in mind. We learned this the hard way. We had sold shelves in Green Valley which is a retirement community south of Tucson and then we started selling them in Palm Springs. We decided that the Sun City area in Phoenix would be a great market for our shelves and began advertising in the Arizona Republic newspaper. We did zoned ads in the original Sun City area. We were a very small business and it was a big deal to us to spend the money we were spending and we were excited at the calls we expected to receive. After all when we kicked off in Green Valley the response was immediate which is why we were puzzled as to why we received no calls from Sun City even after several ads had run. We finally decided we needed to take the 2 hour drive from Tucson and see what was going on. We stopped at the first open house that we found in Sun City. We could have tried some fast talking and told the realtor that we were looking at homes for our mother but we were honest (I know that can be rare but we really were and still are an honest business) and told her that all we wanted to do was to take a look at the kitchen. Boy were we surprised and I guess somewhat relieved when we saw that Del Web built the original Sun City homes with deep drawer storage and that the only regular cabinet in the kitchen was the one under the sink and guess what, people were already using plastic boxes or even cardboard ones and there was just no real need for us in those homes. Fortunately for us when the newer parts of Sun City were built the cabinets installed were the traditional style and all we had to do was change the zone we advertised in and the phone started ringing. It was a great lesson for us and probably the best 2 hour drive we could have made.

When we started this Shelves that Slide website we were looking to provide a place where our local customers could turn to find out more information about our pull out shelves and kitchen accessories. Advertising is expensive so our ad in the Arizona Republic Newspaper was small and having the website allowed our local customers to see more information than we could put in that small ad. Our slide out shelves are great for kitchen, pantry and bathroom cabinets and they are great for home office and entertainment centers but how do we let people know about this "new" product that was now available when we could not afford to take out anything but small ads in the newspaper. The website also gave us the ability to give more information to our customers without them having to have a stranger come into their homes. Over time we began receiving calls and emails from all over the country for requests for us to ship the shelves. We were surprised that people as far away as New York City were ordering shelves to install themselves. We opened our on line store so that these people outside of Arizona could easily purchase our sliding kitchen shelves on a secure web site. We provided our installation and measurement information and soon we were taking orders from all over the country Today there are slews of copycat sliding shelf companies that have sprung up online and across the country. You could say that us putting pull out shelves online let the Genie out of the bottle. We were flattered that these companies liked our idea for slideout shelves so much that they are trying to imitate us. The negative is that many of those companies did not provide a quality product or experience and we hope that does not ever reflect back at us. Some companies sent out the hardware loose instead of installing the slides on the shelves for you like we do. We ship our shelves ready to install with the slides installed and ordered mounting brackets attached to the slides. As is so often true the original is still the best. Our goal is simple, to offer top quality sliding shelves from a quality company that cares about their customers. With over 25 years of experience we know what works and what does not. We also offer other products to help organize your kitchen storage. Kitchen storage accessories and we even offer TV swivel and slide out systems and we will continue to add items to our store. Take a look at our television slide out page where we focus on TV sliding shelves and accessories. You will not find kitchen storage, kitchen accessories or kitchen roll out shelves there. We are happy that we can help you save money on the top quality pull outs and kitchen cabinet accessories. Do it yourself with our sliding shelves and kitchen accessories. Factory direct pricing assures you that you are getting top quality pull out shelves and cabinet accessories for prices that beat the cheap shelves that some sliding shelf companies sell.  We do not sell our shelves to distributors. We sell you each pull out shelf at a fair price direct from the manufacturer, us. You do the simple installation yourself, avoid the middleman and have top quality sliding shelves as well as money left in your wallet. Pull out shelves from shelves that slide. We are not Shelves that Slide LLC, we are incorporated in the sate of Arizona and our corporate name is Shelves That Slide INC.

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Kitchen shelving ideas – to boost display and storage space in the heart of your home

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  • Looking for kitchen shelving ideas? Kitchen storage can come in many forms other than traditional wall cupboards.

    Open shelving is a great option if you are the proud owner of an impressive crockery collection, or are a keen cook who appreciates having ingredients close at hand. Having everything on display, however, is not for the faint-hearted as it requires a certain amount of dedication to keep shelves looking smart.

    Planning a kitchen? Read: Kitchen trends 2020 – stunning and surprising new looks

    Kitchens with rows of base and wall cabinets provide the ample storage that most of us need but it’s the open shelving that gives our kitchens character.

    Those shelves are where we display the items we use most often or the pieces we love the most, like the dog-eared cookbooks with our favourite recipes or a cherished casserole dish passed down from a grandparent. The items we have on display gives a glimpse into our habits and our lives, so it’s worth giving some thought to what to we keep out and what we put away.

    Be inspired by these kitchen shelving ideas, for some seriously stylish storage…

    1. Get organised

    Kitchen shelving ideas

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    Decanting your cooking supplies into neat matching jars yields a certain amount of satisfaction, and makes it easy to spot if you are running low of any ingredients. As well as keeping your shelves looking tidy, your dry goods will also be kept airtight. This type of shelving does require some dusting, but we think the styling benefits are worth the extra bit of effort.

    2. Team with your worktops

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    If you’ve chosen a beautiful timber for your worktops (and wall tiles that complement them), use the same timber for your shelves as it will create a balanced look.

    Chocolate brown and duck egg blue is always a winning combo. If you’re opting for coloured tiles, think about what you’ll want to put on the shelves. Here the crockery and other items have been carefully selected to echo the tones of the timber and tiles.

    3. Ditch the doors

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    Rather than open shelves, an open wall cabinet has a smarter appeal, as the joinery will be in the same style as the rest of your kitchen, but it still allows you to have your finest mugs, tea pot or whatever else you use most to hand.

    4. Use every nook and cranny

    Kitchen shelving ideas for small spaces

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    Be imaginative with small spaces. A shallow wall or narrow gap is an opportunity for some clever storage. It may mean a bespoke option rather than an ‘off-the-shelf’ number but any carpenter or handy-person worth their salt should be able to make shelves to fit.

    5. Go with wall-to-wall shelving

    Kitchen shelving ideas wall to wall shelving

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    Turn storage into a stylish feature with a wall-to-wall shelving system. In this instance the timber has subtle grey tones in the grain that tie in perfectly with the cabinetry.

    6. Consider the island for storage

    Shelving isn’t just for walls. Filling one side of an island with open shelves in the same material as wall cabinets is a great way to bring colour and interest to your kitchen scheme.

    7. Use reclaimed wood

    Kitchen shelving ideas

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    For a country-style kitchen, modern shelving may look out of place. Why not have a shelf built from reclaimed wood to add instant character and provide the perfect ledge for your rustic bowls and utensils?

    Fresh inspiration: Country kitchen ideas – the latest rustic designs that suit both rural and urban settings

    8. Keep it simple

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    Break up a bank of units with simple shelving in the same colour as your cabinets. Brackets in the same material as your flooring and worktops will create a calm feel that’s easy on the eye.

    9. Go modular

    Kitchen shelving ideas

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    A vintage work bench makes a great alternative for kitchen storage. To keep it looking neat, use a row of boxes to store different things, like baking utensils and equipment, so you can easily find them when you need them.

    10. The finishing touch

    Kitchen shelving ideas white country kitchen

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    Storage isn’t an issue in this kitchen but the wire wall rack provides the perfect finishing touch. Its dark metal tones pick up with the slate flooring and grey patterned wall tiles, as well as offering a space for tea and coffee storage.

    11. Blend with your cabinetry

    Kitchen shelving ideas minimalist white kitchen

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    Shelves in the same shade as your cabinets have a uniformity that will appeal to those who like things to look smart and ship shape. The subtle grey backdrop shown here offers endless opportunities for arranging shelfies (if that’s how you like to spend your time – no judgement).

    Another idea: Are you following latest ‘sinkie’ kitchen trend on Instagram? It’s not what you might think

    12. Create a collector’s corner

    Kitchen shelving ideas create a collectors corner

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    If you love collecting things such as vintage jars, pretty vases or colourful crockery, why hide them away in a cupboard? Make a space where you can enjoy seeing them every day.

    13. Choose a dresser

    Kitchen shelving ideas

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    If you love the look of a traditional welsh dresser, but don’t have the room, why not wall-mount just the top section of a unit? Paint the dresser top in the same colour as your kitchen cabinets, and use it to display mugs, glasses, and plates.

    Learn how to add colour to your kitchen. READ: Kitchen colour schemes – to give your space a vibrant lift

    14. Create a display

    Kitchen shelving ideas

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    Add a high shelf above a splashback to display artwork, as well as attractive tins, jars, and food packaging. Shelf space doesn’t have to be purely practical; here kitchen-themed framed prints add personality to the room. Re-use pretty tins as utensil holders, and old glass bottles as bud vases.

    15. Make the most of an unused corner

    Kitchen shelving ideas

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    Corners in kitchens should never be ignored. They provide a sneaky space for storage and are a great place to display cookbooks, enamel crockery and copper accents, as seen here. Make use of even the slimmest spaces by installing shelves that fit snug between two walls.

    16. Have it made to measure

    Kitchen shelving ideas

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    Make use of the width of a whole wall with bespoke shelves like this design, which mixes display shelves with cubbies, so you can show off decorative items and hide away everyday mess, too. Plus, with a bespoke design, it’s easy to coordinate it to the style of the room with small details such as wood coving or trims, or help it blend into the wall by using a uniform colour.

    17. Factor in standalone shelving

    Kitchen shelving ideas

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    A bookcase or storage unit can now come in an assortment of sizes, materials and colours or even be customised to fit with your own decoration. It is an invaluable piece of furniture and it can be used in any room of the house. To create a little more interest on your wall look for asymmetrical designs and for trickier spaces there are many narrower options available, perfect for popping between two windows. Don’t feel compelled to just use them for books, they make the perfect display cabinet too.

    Want more kitchen storage ideas? READ: Kitchen storage ideas – to turn a chaotic kitchen into a neat and tidy space

    We hope these kitchen shelving ideas help you with your kitchen decorating scheme!


    Kitchen shelves shallow

    Have you dug out all the storage spaces in the kitchen? There is a place I think most of people will ignore it. That space is full of potential at the end of kitchen cabinets. If you plan well, this bare spot is much more useful than you think. So, if you want to boost the storage of your kitchen you can do so with this space that you have always overlooked. For example, you can attach spice shelves to the end of the cabinet to get food magazines storage. You can also hang heavy kitchen tools at the end of kitchen cabinet, by using pegs or hooks, so next time they will be easy to grab and put away… If you want to learn more ideas about adding storage to the underutilized ends of all the cabinets, then check out below 20 solutions:

    1. Add some decorative open shelving on the end of your kitchen upper cabinets:

    You can also consider glass kitchen shelves for this purpose.


    2. Add some greenery on the side of your cabinet instead of planting them in the boxes on windowsill:

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    3. Build float shelves or hooks rack on the end of the cabinet:


    4. Attach hooks to hang kitchen utensils on the end of your cabinet:

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    5. Instead of taking up space with a bar cart, hang a wire holder from the end of a cabinet:


    6. Fix a flip-down shelf onto the end of cabinet to place your cookbook or drink, so that you will get extra countertop space:


    7. Create a spice rack narrow enough to fit neatly on the end of your kitchen cabinet:

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    8. Attach a Ikea’s Bygel rail or spice shelves to the end of the cabinet to get food magazines storage:

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    9. Hang a wire basket from the end of your cabinet to create a tea rack filled with loose leaf or bagged tea:

    Or used to storage kitchen napkins, plates and silverware:


    10. Set up a ground level drawer at the end of cabinet, which has hidden storage space and can be turn into a chic and cozy seat:


    11. Create a message center with a mail pocket and key hooks, on the end of kitchen cabinet:

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    12. End the cabinets with a shallow utility cabinet:

    13. Add wine storage to end of cabinets:


    14. Hang heavy kitchen tools at the end of kitchen cabinet, by using pegs or hooks, so next time they will be easy to grab and put away:


    15. Add a built-in shelf to the end of your kitchen island that used as microwave or woven baskets storage:

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    16. Utilize vertical space in your kitchen with these cool little shelves. (mount them flush with the side of the cabinets, and reinforce them with basic shelf supports from the hardware store.)

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    17. Install a shower caddy on the end of your cabinet to hold fresh veggies or fruit:


    18. Expand your kitchen storage by placing an IKEA raskog cart at the end of cabinet:


    19. Create built-in dog bowls at the end of a kitchen island:


    20. Add open shelve to the end of cabinet to display your colorful accessories:



    12 Easy Small Kitchen Storage Ideas

    Open shelving rocketed to popularity thanks to the emergence of in-feed “shelfies,” but the kitchen feature is no passing trend. The simple storage solution has proven its staying power over the years, thanks to its versatile design, flexible nature, and ability to make a space feel more light and open.

    But that’s not to say it’s a style that’s easy to conquer, because there’s a lot to consider: Should all the dishes you display on them match? Are floating shelves or brackets a better look? How often do they need to be cleaned?

    If your social media is filled with perfectly appointed, open kitchen shelves, but you’re not quite sure how to make that inspiration a reality, head to IKEA—the Swedish retailer has an abundance of shelving options that can be completely customized to fit your space. To bring the style home, consider these seven tips to incorporate open shelving in your dream kitchen.

    Keep in mind the size-to-sturdiness relationship

    The most important consideration with open shelving is making sure whatever system or style you use is secure. The last thing you want is for your shelves to come crashing off the wall. Avoid this by drilling the anchors for shelves into wall studs, which are much stronger than drywall and less likely to give way.

    Also, consider the size of your shelves; longer and deeper ones will need more support. You'll want to keep in mind what's going on them, too. (Ceramic dishes and cookbooks weigh a lot more than a few coffee mugs and soup bowls). If you plan to keep heavy items on your shelves, you’ll need the sturdiest anchors available.

    The most important consideration with open shelving is to make sure the system you use is secure.

    As far as shelf size, a depth of 10 or 12 inches fits most functions without concern of drooping in the middle, while length should be determined based on where you want to install yours. If you want a long span but are concerned about weight, install adjacent, identical floating shelves, or opt for bracket supports.

    Go for a combination of open and concealed

    Open shelving doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. Create a balanced look by pairing open shelving with some cabinetry that shuts away less beautiful items. Instead of replacing all upper cabinets with open shelves, choose one spot that works for you: over the sink for convenient cleanup, in the serving area for everyday plates and bowls, or beside the stove for spices and condiments.


    Typically, most people will choose to keep lower cabinets enclosed for functional reasons, but open shelving on the base of a kitchen island can create an interesting accent and offer handy storage for “attractive” kitchenware like serving dishes, colorful pots, or a stand mixer.

    Approach shelf style subjectively (because it is!)

    There's no right choice when it comes to the actual type of shelf you choose—personal preference and overall kitchen design should be your guiding principles. In terms of the latter, floating birch, walnut, or ash shelves look great in a white minimalist or modern farmhouse kitchen with beadboard cabinetry; black shelves, like this BERGSHULT / RAMSHULT combination, are well-suited to a more sleek, modern style. Metal triangle or turnbuckle brackets, like the KROKSHULT, lend an industrial vibe, while a brushed-brass arched support would add midcentury flair.

    KROKSHULT Bracket


    RAMSHULT Wall shelf


    PERSHULT Wall shelf


    LISABO Wall shelf


    Do keep function in mind when considering bracketed vs. floating, as bracketed shelves can typically hold more weight than a floating shelf.

    Go beyond shelves


    There’s more to open storage than just shelving. Consider wall racks or rails with hooks for pans and utensils. Use a hanging bin near the stove for condiments and oil, or hang one behind the sink for your sponge and soap. If wall space is at a premium, add a rack over your island to store small pots, spatulas, and often-used tools. This one also includes a shelf for additional odds and ends.

    Fill open shelves with items you use every day

    While your instinct may be to line the shelves with your prettiest serve-ware and special-occasion wine glasses, think again. This storage spot is most useful when filled with everyday plates and bowls (the FÄRGRIK and DINERA sets come in an array of colors), your favorite mugs, olive oil, coffee, et al. With no doors in the way, these items stay easily accessible at all times. Plus, since you use and wash them daily, you won’t have to worry about dust buildup.

    IVRIG Water Glass


    BLOMNING Canister


    GLADELIG Stoneware Mug


    DINERA Dinnerware


    If you have a higher open shelf that requires a stool to reach, this is a good place to store more decorative kitchen goods, like your collection of vintage cake stands or the ceramic pitchers you tend to buy when traveling.

    Invest in matching jars for dry goods

    Nothing ruins the streamlined look of open shelving like unsightly food packaging. If you plan to store dry goods on your shelves, invest in matching glass jars in a variety of sizes (VARDAGEN jars have a classic, universal appeal) for a uniform look that’s not too matchy. Not only will your different pasta shapes and colorful grains act as a visual treat, but they’ll stay fresher, too.


    Don’t go overboard with decorative accents

    Be sparing with the accents you display; this is the key to keeping open shelves clutter-free. Choose only items that make you happy—an ÅTERTÅG bud vase with a fresh flower, a small plant in a GRADVIS ceramic pot, a framed print—and abide by a one-in, one-out rule: If you want to add something to your vignette, you need to take something away.

    Whatever you add to your shelves, make sure placement doesn’t negate functionality; you don’t want to have to move a vase every time you need to grab a bowl.

    IKEA 365+ Jar with lid


    IKEA 365+ Jar with lid


    GRADVIS Plant pot, green


    ÅTERTÅG Vase, Set of 3


    Clean regularly and often

    Yes, you will have to clean open shelving more frequently than closed cabinets. (You might want to reconsider if you can’t commit to a regular wipe-down.) Dust and grease easily build up in a kitchen—though, again, if your shelves contain items you’re using every day, they’ll never sit long enough for dust to settle.

    Or, opt for transparent-front cabinets


    If you love the idea of putting your dishes on display, but you’re not quite ready to fully commit to open shelving, go for cabinets with glass fronts. You can showcase your glassware and favorite items without worrying about dirt or grease building up.

    IKEA has a variety of options to choose from: AXSTAD comes in gray and white trim, with a clear panel for a transitional look; the more modern JUTIS features an aluminum frame and frosted glass front; while the black-stained LERHYTTAN works well with a traditional style, thanks to its wood frame and three tempered glass panels.

    Make open shelving work for your kitchen with just a little extra planning. Whether you need help visualizing what is possible, or are looking for a partner in making your dream kitchen come true, IKEA Kitchen Services is here to help. Schedule an appointment to get started.

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