Sink Base Cabinets:
The area under the sink is usually wasted space.
There are numerous organizers which can make valuable use of the space under the sink, as shown in Figures 10 and 11.
Figure 10 - Two tier sliding base cabinet organizer
Figure 11 - Double trash can organizer
On lower cabinet doors add space saving racks to hold items. Most upper cabinet doors do not allow for organizer racks because of the position of the shelving.
The use of a cabinet door knife holder such as the Knifaway (Figure 12) can eliminate the need for a knife block on a counter top, freeing up valuable space. As well, cabinet doors can provide a convenient location for storage of lighter items, as shown in Figure 13.
Figure 12 - Cabinet door knife holder
Figure 13 - Door holder for kitchen wrap
Base Cabinets: Consider the use of roll out drawers for the bottoms of lower cabinets. Roll out drawers, Figures 14 and 15, allow you to get the most of the useable space in the depth of the lower base cabinets.
Figure 14 - Single shelf roll out drawer
Figure 15 - Double shelf roll out drawer
Microwave ovens take up a considerable amount of countertop space.
Consider replacing the vent hood over the range with a combination over the range microwave oven, vent hood appliance as shown in Figure 16 and 17.
Figure 16 - Over range microwave with built in vent hood
Figure 17 - Over the range microwave installed
Many small appliances now come as space saver models as shown in Figures 18, 19 and 20. These appliances are made to mount under upper wall cabinets - freeing up valuable counter space.
Figure 18 - Under cabinet coffee maker
Figure 19 - Under cabinet DVD player
Figure 20 - Under cabinet can opener
With some planning and organizers you can free up counter space, store much more in kitchen cabinets and have a very workable and efficient kitchen.