Alternative to Kitchen Drawers

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The lack of kitchen drawers whether by choice or by necessity, can present a challenge when it comes to storage. Necessary items such as cutlery, towels, pots and pans have to be stored somewhere. Solve the problem of no drawers in the kitchen with storage solutions such as baskets, shelving, bakers' racks, bookshelves or a small pantry.

Storage Options

  • Various sized baskets can be placed on kitchen counters to provide attractive storage for smaller items in the kitchen. Cutlery and silverware fit well into small baskets; keeping these on the counter makes them accessible for everyone. Another alternative is to place small baskets in open shelving in the kitchen. Pull out the basket as you would a drawer. Cabinets with cubicle formations are particularly suited to this; choose baskets that are slightly smaller than the opening of the open shelf or cubicle. Another idea is to hang small baskets on the walls for storing food items such as onions and potatoes.

    Open shelving in cabinetry with or without the use of baskets is a good option for storage in the kitchen. Vary the size of each shelf to suit your storage needs. Shelves are an especially good option for display if you have colorful pottery or china.

    Bakers' racks are freestanding furniture pieces that fit well in most kitchens. With several shelves and often a bit of counter space as well, bakers' racks can hold many needed supplies in the kitchen. Available in wood, metal and combination finishes, bakers' racks can complement any decor. These pieces are handy because they can be moved from room to room if you desire.

    The addition of a small pantry is a boon to any kitchen. Convert an unused corner into a pantry by putting up several rows of shelves. A closet can also be converted into a pantry with minimal effort. The pantry can have a door, or you can close off the area by hanging a decorative curtain in the opening.

    Free-standing ready-made bookshelves can be used in the kitchen for more storage, possibly with baskets or other containers. Bookshelves in the kitchen are also a great way to store cookbooks and keep them handy.

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