Kitchen Shelving Guide

There never seems to be enough space in the kitchen for all the things you need to put away in a neat and orderly fashion. This can be especially important for a small kitchen or one that lacks counter space to store things on.  This guide will walk you through some things to consider when you’re thinking about adding kitchen shelves to your home — and, hopefully, convince you that additional shelving need not be strictly utilitarian.  It can be attractive, too!

The Issue-  Too many pots and pans, not enough kitchen shelves

If your house is like mine, you probably have too many pots and pans to store and nowhere to store them efficiently.  Many will resort to hiding piles of pans in a kitchen cabinet, and the end result is that you will have to dig them all out every time you need a certain pan.  Let’s face it:  a cabinet is NOT the best place for storing pots and pans.

An idea: With shelving, turn those pots and pans into a kitchen display

If you have a mid-sized kitchen or a kitchen with higher than normal ceilings, the best solution would be to add a hanging pot rack.  A pot rack can literally hang from the ceiling or you can attach it to the wall.  The best racks come with not only space to hang your pots and pans, but they also include a shelf above to store additional items.  A bookshelf pot rack, for instance, will not only showcase your best kitchen wares but also give you a place to store items like cookbooks, a recipe card box, a pretty bottle of olive oil or other decorative pieces.

If you have a lot of pots, you may want to opt for a hanging pot rack instead.  Most hanging pot racks can accommodate 10-15 pots, and the best of these come with a wire mesh shelf up above for even more storage.

Another option is to purchase a corner shelving unit such as a cast iron cookware stand. The Le Creuset cookware stand is a good example of this.  This, of course, is if you have nice cookware that feels like it’s good enough to be displayed.

The Issue- The countertop space is limited

If your kitchen lacks sufficient countertop space, there are shelving solutions you should consider.  The most common would be to build hanging shelves on open wall areas on which to display decorative pieces or store functional-but-attractive items.  If you have things like a microwave, toaster or toaster oven hogging your limited countertop space, you may want to opt for something like this utility cart and microwave stand made by Catskill.  This will not only free up your counter space, it will give you additional storage shelves below.

Another idea for adding kitchen shelves and storage  is to utilize an otherwise under-utilized area — the corner of your room.  One options is to build or buy an etagere shelves unit that comfortably sits in the corner of the room.  The great thing about corner shelves is that the use space very efficiently and can even fit into a small kitchen or breakfast room.  While many people utilize corner shelving for other parts of the home, a kitchen corner shelf like this black corner etagere would be perfect for a breakfast room!

The bottom line is that if your kitchen is not working for you, the solution may lie in adding some shelving.  Our best advice is to:

  1. Utilize empty wall space for shelves to hold kitchen items and/or decorations.
  2. Reduce the clutter on your countertops by utilizing a utility cart.
  3. Add corner shelving for additional storage space.
  4. Install a pot rack and/or shelf to free up cabinet shelving space for other items.