Let’s face it. Kitchen is one of the most disorganized areas in your home. Aside from the daily routine of preparing and cooking meals for the family, storing pots and pans could be a challenge because of their size and bulk.
What is the best way to do this?
Check out these tips in finding the best storage solution for you – in a stylish manner.
Plain View versus Hidden
Before you buy storage paraphernalia, the first thing you need to decide on is whether you want your pots and pans hidden or on full display. If you cook often, then it is more practical to store them in a manner where you can easily grab them. Otherwise, consider storing them in a cabinet to avoid accumulation of grease, dust, and dirt.
Consider Your Space
Your kitchen space will define how you can store your cookware sans the cluttered look. Identify areas where you can place your cookware and work on those areas. Keep in mind that aside from the overall aesthetics, accessibility and available space are factors you should look into in storing your pots and pans.
If You Want Them Hidden
Let’s say you decided to hide your pots and pan for a less-cluttered look. Here are various ways to do it in an organized manner:
1) Make use of cabinet shelves. If you have open-base cabinet shelves, then maximize the space by storing your pots and pans. The good thing about this is that the cookware is accessible without putting them on full display.
2) Install deep drawers in the kitchen. Utilizing deep drawers is another easy ways to store your kitchen equipment. Stack them together according to size. Don’t forget to have a separate area for the lids or use the shallower drawer for storage.
3) Maximize corner cabinets. If you have corner cabinets in the kitchen, then it could be a useful storage area for your pots and pans. Install a wire rack and stack your cookware accordingly.
If You Want Them On Display
Or, you cook often and putting your pans on display is more practical and less time-consuming for you. In that case, here are stylish ways in storing your cookware on view:
1) Consider suspended pot rack. If you have a spacious kitchen, then installing a suspended pot rack over a kitchen island could be a storage option for you. Just make sure to mount the pot rack high enough but can still reach it but not too low to avoid bumping into anyone’s head.
2) Hang under the kitchen island. In case you want to maintain your kitchen’s organized look and there is enough space, hang your pots and pans underneath your kitchen island. It is accessible and makes it easier for you to put away your cookware.
3) Try linear wall rack. For smaller kitchen spaces, linear rack is an option. This combines accessibility and more streamlined look without taking the kitchen’s center stage or eating up too much space. Identify which area in your kitchen you would want to install a linear rack and adjust according to your existing space.
4) Store them above the range. This is ideal if you cook more often. Install a sturdy shelf just above the header and stack your pots and pans. Make sure you have a vent hood below the shelf so your pots and pans won’t be covered in grease.
5) Window display. Let’s say you prefer suspended pot rack but don’t have limited space. Perhaps, a window display might just work. However, make sure not to cover more than half of your window to avoid obstruction of light.
If you have an unused pegboard, old wooden window frames, ladders, or anything you can re-purpose, then use them to store your cookware.
Paint an old wooden frame to match your kitchen walls, install hooks, and hang your pots and pans to add more charm inside the kitchen. You can also make your own pegboard pot rack, which you can customize according to your kitchen’s area and your own preference.
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Ayi is a former law student turned freelance writer, mompreneur, and stay-at-home mom. When her kids are in their most behaved state, she documents her adventures as a mom on The Momma Chronicles, tries to bring out her inner kitchen goddess, do her best to put her kids’ toys in appropriate boxes, and makes her home as organized and clutter-free as possible.
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