During my kitchen renovation there wasn't much I could do about increasing the square footage of my small space, but I was able to clear precious counter space with several wise fixture purchases. The initial cost may have been greater than other options however, freeing up the work space really helped make the kitchen look bigger and work better. Here are five examples of fixtures that can save you some visual, and actual, kitchen space.
Sink with built in storage: This sink is exactly what I was looking for: heavy-duty 16 gauge stainless steel, several options for depth and a nice clean square shape. But the real reason this was purchased for my kitchen was the clever tilt-out storage compartment for sponges and scrub brushes. Clean up tools, which are often messy, are nicely hidden and easily within reach.
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Wall-mounted faucet & integrated soap dispenser: Like the aforementioned scrub brushes, if I had the opportunity to hide counter times I was going to take advantage. There are many attractive soap dispensers on the market however I wanted mine to be invisible. The under counter versions are mounted low and out of the way and generally hold a larger amount of soap then the average 10 fluid ounce bottle. Not every kitchen has the ability to have a wall mounted faucet but if your kitchen does, it can really free up your counter and create an easier-to-clean space.
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Appliance garage: Although garages still take up counter space they hide smaller appliances (like toasters and coffee makers) and create a cleaner and less-cluttered counter area. It also has the added advantage of quickly hiding messy and dirty appliances. Check with your contractor about permits you may need for installing outlets inside appliance garages.
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Built-in appliances: Built-in appliances, such as microwaves and coffee/espresso makers, are usually more expensive than their free-standing counterparts. But if you are short on counter space it may be worth your while exploring the built-in option.
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Use vertical space: Using your wall space is the best way to free up your counters. Simple pegboards with hooks can hold a multitude of equipment and metal bars, like the one shown above, can accommodate frequently used tools and spices.
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