Many of us have kitchen appliances in our homes to make our lives a little easier. These gadgets can be a great time saver, but they are not good space savers. Storing kitchen appliances can be difficult if you have collected a number of them over the years. A useful as they are, most of us want to use our gadgets, clean them and then store them out of sight until we need them again. Counter clutter can make your kitchen space less efficient to work in, so we need to find a way to store our gadget in a way that is discreet and functional. Let’s take a look at five ways that you can hide your kitchen appliances and gadgets.
- Get a Built-In Fridge and Freezer
Now, this may seem strange when talking about kitchen appliances as most people will be thinking of smaller devices, such as microwave ovens and coffee grinders. The largest appliance in most kitchens is the refrigerator, and it will consume a large chunk of your available space. This doesn’t have to be the case; an entire refrigerator can be concealed behind useful coverings that could match your cabinetry. This will create visual harmony, and it will make selecting a new refrigerator simple.
- Install an Appliance Hutch
An odd looking, mismatched set of smaller appliances, such as microwave ovens, blenders, and old toasters, will look far more unsightly than a single large appliance. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to consider installing an appliance hutch to corral your smaller devices into an easy to access area. Once this decision has been made the only remaining choice to make is what door you will use to conceal these items? A flip-up door that matches your existing cabinetry is a solid choice, or you could install a roll up door if space is tight.
- Place the Microwave in the Pantry
A microwave is not an aesthetically pleasing device and left out it will eat up counter space in your kitchen. A built-in microwave is a good option, but it will need a venting frame, and this can collect greasy dust. This is hard to clean, and you will soon be finding ways to avoid using your microwave oven altogether. Instead, consider installing the microwave in your cupboard or walk-in pantry. It will be easy to access, no venting is required, and it is hidden when not in use. The only caveat here is that you will need an electrical outlet installed if one is not already available.
- Install a Kitchen Island
When you install a kitchen island, your appliance storage capacity can double. A kitchen island can be added at any time if you have the kitchen space available. Some islands are available pre-built, and the configuration can be adjusted to suit your specific needs. Always consider your appliances, how they are used and where they are stored. Ideally, you want to use your appliances without moving them at all. A great addition that you could consider is a stand mixer lift that will conceal your mixer and then lift it to counter height when you need to use it.
- A Freestanding Armoire
A freestanding armoire is a cost effective storage solution for those that don’t want to renovate. Essentially, this is a closet for your kitchen that you can use to store your smaller or medium sized appliances. If you cut a cavity in the back, you could even wire your appliances and use them in the armoire. Group similar devices together to minimize chaos and create a dedicated space for the smallest appliances. Once you’re finished, close the armoire doors, and the kitchen looks nice and tidy again.