For kitchen remodels a lot of focus goes into what’s seen on the surface, and rightly so. Cabinets, appliances, countertops, paint colors — these are the big players that make your kitchen look the way it does. But oftentimes it’s the more subtle gestures that will make your space truly functional and efficient.
Pantry systems, pullout shelving, appliance garages, wall-mounted pegboards and more have long been popular kitchen storage ideas, because they can take a gorgeous kitchen to the next level. But you might ask, “Yeah, but what’s that going to cost me?”
With that in mind, here are 10 kitchen solutions to consider for your remodel or new construction — and how much they might set you back.
1. Countertop appliance garage
If you have enough countertop space, tucking away regularly used small appliances, such as a toaster or blender, in a dedicated space behind closed doors will allow you to keep your counter free of clutter and cords. This nifty niche includes an outlet and LED lights so all the small appliances can be used right where they are.
Cost: This appliance garage ran $1,600 to $1,900, including the cabinetry, LED lighting strip, power and labor. However, the appliance garage was part of a full cabinet and construction package, so it’s tricky to price it separately.
Move over, lazy Susan. You’re not the only clever solution for corners anymore. Full-depth corner drawers are helping homeowners get the most out of tricky spaces.
Cost: Commonly $125 to $225 per drawer
3. Shallow rollout
Never let a deep drawer swallow up your holiday cookie cutters or cupcake papers again. This slim rollout hovers above another drawer, sharing the same drawer face and hardware.
Cost: A rollout like this is $200 to $275; the feature must be added at the time you order new cabinets, as most companies don’t offer it as a stand-alone item.
4. Rollout drawer for cleaning supplies
How often have you knocked over three bottles of cleaning products stockpiled beneath your kitchen sink to reach the one you wanted in the back? Instead, consider storing them in an easy-to-access steel rollout drawer with optional flexible magnetic organizer compartments for keeping them upright.
This stainless steel system by Dura Supreme has concealed undermount glides and is self-closing. It can be added to any of the company’s cabinets that are 12 to 48 inches wide. Rollouts between 39 and 48 inches wide have a center stile for support.
Cost: $400 to $1,000 for a new cabinet with one factory-installed 12- to 36-inch wide rollout; $525 to $1,300 for a new cabinet with two rollouts.
5. Pullout spice rack
Spice containers are usually a messy lot, getting knocked over in pantries and stuffed into wall-mounted racks that don’t easily accommodate different bottle sizes. Organizing them in a pullout spice rack that fits into your cabinetry will keep them in check.
Pullout spice racks are usually 3 to 12 inches wide and can be installed in base cabinets or upper cabinets. Many homeowners opt for two pullout spice racks to flank a cooktop or install them on opposite sides of a hood for symmetry.
Cost: About $200, but varies depending on the manufacturer, material finish and size.
6. End cabinet or island cookbook storage
The exposed end of a lower cabinet is a great place for sneaking in some cookbook shelf space, as in this example. Cookbook cabinets are typically 15 to 36 inches wide, and almost any cabinet can be used for cookbook storage if you omit or remove the cabinet door and finish the interior.
Cost: About $300 to $600 for a 36-inch-high wall bookcase cabinet; $600 to $1,200 for a base bookcase cabinet.
7. In-counter knife storage
If you don’t like the look of a freestanding knife block but want to keep knives close at hand, consider an in-counter knife slot. You can get them made custom in your countertops, or a drop-in knife block is another option. It offers enclosed storage for knives within the confines of the knife block, which is inset into a kitchen counter or island. An existing piece can be retrofitted to include one, or one can be included in a new project.
A custom knife block can be made out of any wood, either contrasting or matching the countertop. Slots for the knives are customized to the client’s specifications. The knife block configuration is also removable for cleaning.
Cost: A knife block and associated labor should run around $350. The cost for a knife slot like the one shown here is a $200 upcharge to the cost of a countertop.
8. Walk-in pantry
A kitchen with a walk-in pantry gets high marks on most folks’ dream lists. You just need to have the room. In lieu of a true walk-in, some kitchens have a closet that’s often poorly designed with scores of fixed shelves that don’t fit larger items, while space is wasted by disorganized smaller items. A professional closet designer or kitchen designer can help optimize your storage capacity and flexibility if you’re redoing or adding a pantry during a kitchen remodel.
The stunning pantry in this longtime popular photo features a bevy of built-ins and pullout baskets, overhead lighting and an electrical outlet for small appliances. Generously sized at about 40 inches deep and 108 inches wide, the pantry can be closed off from the kitchen with the aid of two pocket doors.
Cost: The cost of this large pantry project totaled about $2,500.
9. Library ladder
While a kitchen with lots of storage is usually seen as a good thing, often the storage is above our heads and out of reach. A kitchen library ladder may be your stairway to organizational bliss. Made of wood or metal, traditional or contemporary, a library ladder can blend with almost any kitchen style. Ladders are either a removable hook type or a permanently attached rolling style. Many styles can even be pushed against the wall when not in use so they don’t become a tripping hazard.
Cost: About $1,500 installed.
10. Backsplash storage
While many folks see a backsplash as an aesthetic part of their kitchen design, it can also be useful for easy-access storage of utensils, knives, cookware and dishes. Hanging bars, magnetic strips, shelving and even pot-filling faucets can help make the most of your kitchen backsplash.
Cost: About $60 per hour for labor plus the cost of materials and systems.