Open storage ensures an easy reach for often-used items. Reserve lower shelves for items used daily, such as plates and bowls, and upper shelves for larger serving pieces. Corral small items like napkins and table linens in small baskets to keep shelves clutter-free.
Transfer silverware from countertop to tabletop in no time with a portable basket. Organize cutlery into various jars by type, then move the entire storage unit as needed.
Hutchlike dowels offer a straightforward way to show off dish collections. Incorporate them into a kitchen island for unexpected storage on display. Switch out dishware as the seasons or your decorating tastes change throughout the year. Create a pleasing backdrop for pretty dishware by updating island shelving with a fresh coat of stain or paint.
Go vertical when considering open storage. A tall, ready-to-assemble shelving unit puts glassware next to the refrigerator for ease of use. Place large serving pieces or mixing bowls on the remaining shelves.
Don't overlook the storage potential of a window seat or banquette bench. Utilize the space underneath to tuck away baskets filled with wooden utensils, silverware, and paper napkins. Keep the area open or conceal with a hinged cabinet door.
Wire racks, whether new or found at a flea market, become works of art when outfitted with pretty patterned coffee mugs and teacups. Hang glassware from the top rungs and store colorful towels below for a breezy beverage station.
An open island is a dish-storage dream. Cutting boards and serving trays easily slide into this island's upper shelves. Baskets store spare dishware and oversize pots and pans below.
Deep pullout drawers ensure the right serving pieces, linens, and flatware are always within reach. This drawer includes a modified pegboard approach that uses oversize pegs to keep dishes from sliding and chipping.
Hang measuring cups and spoons within a cabinet door to keep them at arm's length. Paint the interior with chalkboard paint and outline each utensil to ensure nothing ever goes missing.
When installed around a kitchen window, narrow glass floating shelves add to a kitchen's open and airy feel. This storage solution lends a sunny backdrop to pretty glassware.