It’s rarely been said that one has too much counter space. In fact, lack of counter space is one of the top complaints of homeowners who wished they had more room to make their kitchens function more efficiently. Extending that precious kitchen real estate is easier than you think, and doesn’t have to blow your budget. In fact, making some minor tweaks to your kitchen can open up your space without costing you very much at all.
Here are some solutions to gaining the space you need:
Clear the Clutter: If you are like some multitaskers, your kitchen might very well double as an office that has papers and bills piled on precious counter space. Experts say that at least one square foot of counter space can be gained just by taking paperwork out of the kitchen.
Store Small Appliances: Small appliances (like electric can openers, blenders and stand mixers) should only be kept on the counter if they are used every day. For appliances that are used once a week or less, experts suggest keeping them in cabinets, while those used once a year should go in storage. You will be amazed at the space you will gain and how much sleeker your kitchen will look.
Over-the-Sink Cutting Boards: The concept has been around for a while, but today’s cooks are embracing the idea with a fresh take on a simple solution. With new products on the market, you now have options such as an over-the-sink cutting board with a plastic insert that allows you to slide your freshly chopped food into the tray and carry it to where you need it (instead of the old use-the-knife-and-carry-the-board trick). Others are opting for larger and roomy cutting boards to fit over their cook-tops. These cutting boards come in all different shapes, sizes and styles to fit any type of sink (or cook-top) you may have. Some also come with a collapsible strainer.
Pull-Out Cutting Boards and Surfaces: These hidden gems are at your fingertips whenever you need them, and fit snugly underneath your countertop without taking up too much cabinet space. The one pictured below is the size of one drawer.
Fold-Down Countertop: These clever surfaces can turn an ordinary space into an instant countertop, tabletop or even desktop where your kids can do their homework, for example. It’s the perfect solution for cooking preparation, eating, or whatever you might need it for at the time, and then it folds down until you need it again. It’s a great way to utilize horizontal space without taking up too much room.
Utilize Wall Space: Using a wall mount dish drainer and shelving are great ways to free up space and de-clutter your counter.
Rolling Islands: These countertops on wheels are not only versatile but they can be placed and moved easily wherever you need them. A rolling or portable island can easily adapt into whatever you need it to be – a bar cart, server, or cutting board – it’s the perfect solution for the added space you need in a pinch. Most rolling islands have drawer space and lower shelving or cabinets for extra storage, making them the perfect host for your next party or holiday gathering. Just remember that if you don’t plan on using the rolling island year-round, you’ll need a place to store it. Dining rooms, covered decks or even laundry rooms are good places to park your rolling cart. And don’t be surprised if you find another great use for it wherever you decide to keep it.
If you need more counter space, or just a better countertop altogether, find a Granite Transformations near you and we’ll install a new countertop over your old one in just one day!