Clever kitchen space savers

Five smart tricks to give your­self ex­tra room

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Contents -

1 TAKE A SHELFIE

In­clude stylish open shelves in your kitchen de­sign to add an all-im­por­tant dec­o­ra­tive flour­ish to a wall full of cab­i­nets. Use them to dis­play beau­ti­ful home­wares, of course, but also grab your­self ex­tra stor­age space for cook­ery books or kitchen can­is­ters for pantry sta­ples.

2 NOW YOU SEE IT...

Find fur­ni­ture that folds up or away, such as ta­bles and chairs, and cre­ate ex­tra room when you need it. This is­land bench has a nifty fold-down break­fast bar. Pull up a cou­ple of stools and you have an in­stant eatery!

3 MO­BILE HOME

Bring flex­i­bil­ity to the kitchen by us­ing fur­ni­ture on cas­tors. Look for trol­leys, butcher’s blocks and kitchen is­lands that move with you. They make great mul­ti­taskers and are easy to tuck into a cor­ner when you hold a party in your kitchen. They are also fab­u­lous if you want to rearrange your space – no need to buy new fix­tures, they just move with you!

4 CASE IN POINT

For in­stant ad­di­tional space, just buy an in­ex­pen­sive bookcase or shelv­ing unit to show off your wares or fill with baskets ready to house any­thing from your cookie cut­ters to pic­nic plates. It’s a great place keep your fruit bowl, too!

5 DOU­BLE DUTY

Save space and ef­fort with the same ma­chine to both wash and dry your clothes. This is a per­fect so­lu­tion if your kitchen dou­bles as your laun­dry – just tuck it neatly un­der your work top or be­hind cup­board doors!

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