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7 Kitchen-Storage Hacks To Double Your Usable Space

Our top trending kitchen storage ideas from thisoldhouse.com -Tabitha Sukhai

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Oversized drawers instead of deep base cabinets

The goal of this redo was to expand the house to fit an extended family—plus houseguests—without throwing off its cozy scale and proportions. Here are some of the tricks resident architect Donald Powers, his wife, Dana, and resident interior designer Joanne Kahn used to give the cottage its spacious feel. -D.B.

Build a plate rack to boost cottage charm

And, while you're at it, play with the placement of your plate rack, too! This one is creatively mounted in a window.

To match the custom piece at left, we coated this pine unit in a fiery red (which also brightens the island). -J.D.F.

See the rest of this kitchen and get the look!

Put things you use every day on floating shelves

People either love this solution or really hate it. For better or worse, open shelving is trending in kitchen design and creates easy access to frequently-used dishes. We've seen people take the doors off of installed cabinets to get the look. Want to give it a shot? Check out the how-to here.

Optimize corner and base cabinets with pull-out or rolling shelves

Two height-adjustable peanut-shaped shelves snake out and to the side in one fluid motion. The shelves fully extend, so there's no reaching inside for items tucked in the rear. Häfele Arena Plus Corner Pull-out Shelf, $790; kitchensource.com -J.G.

See our full kitchen remodeling guide before you get started!

Use space behind doors

...even cabinet doors! "The pro of this option is that it puts to use an otherwise unused space," says organization expert Lea Schneider. With the help of this rack, you can create a home for your spices and clear shelf space for other goods. Three trim-to-fit wood and chrome shelves offer full visibility to labels and accommodate a range of standard bottle sizes. The rack measures 13 3/8 inches wide by 4 inches deep by 25 inches high.

About $90; Rev-A-Shelf, LLC

See more kitchen storage accessories here.

Use the space overhead

Just make sure everything is secured properly so that nothing falls. On you.

The homeowner's is a one-of-a-kind antique, but a new one like this offers ample overhead storage and rustic charm.

About $45; Aspen Country -G.B.

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