As the home of appliances, cookware, and every specialty gadget under the sun, the kitchen is and always will be a perplexing place to organize. The never-ending accessories and endless food cans, boxes, and bags easily fill up every nook and cranny, especially in a not-so-big kitchen.
Houzz users have been finding and creating innovative organization techniques to help solve their kitchen dilemmas, from storing pots and pans to organizing a messy walk-in pantry. The favorite solutions below, pulled from the list of most popular photos on Houzz, have been added to tens (and in some cases hundreds) of thousands of users’ idea books. See if one of them will inspire an idea for your own kitchen.
Marie Newton, Closets Redefined, original photo on Houzz
1. Build a custom pantry.
More than any other storage solution, Houzzers dream of a perfectly organized walk-in pantry. More than 410,000 users have saved this photo to their idea books, thanks to its pullout baskets, pocket doors and abundant shelf space.
“People love pantries because they house everything all in one place,” says storage designer Marie Newton, who designed this pantry. “You can see it all, so you don’t end up buying something you already have.”
Glenvale Kitchens, original photo on Houzz
2. Utilize that corner drawer.
Ingenious corner drawers are a creative solution for awkward corners, which is why 250,000 Houzzers saved this photo. The drawers run diagonally into the corner, which makes them deeper than most and therefore lets them pack a bigger storage punch.
WoodWorks INC., original photo on Houzz
3. Create an utensil drawer.
This clever utensil built-in keeps serve ware and silverware conveniently in check. Added to more than 230,000 idea books, this image is one of the most popular on Houzz. If you want the look but can’t afford custom, take the DIY route by placing stainless steel pots in a deep, empty drawer.
Mascheroni Construction, original photo on Houzz
4. Invest in a rolling cabinet or cart.
Acting as both counter and storage, this accessible rolling cart is worth adding. It can work as a kitchen island, especially in a small space, or a bar cart when rolled into any room. Nearly 100,000 people have this in their photo collections on Houzz.
Intimate Living Interiors, original photo on Houzz
5. Don’t hide the pet bowls.
Pets are such an important part of many people’s lives, and more than 53,000 Houzzers think these built-in dog bowls are a great kitchen feature. To keep your pet from tripping you up while you cook, you can also add a dog or cat bed to your kitchen.
Content by Amber Hopman of Houzz.com. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts, and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.