Utilizing Cabinet Toe-Space In Your Kitchen
Do you have a tiny kitchen in your home? Are you looking for ways to maximize the storage in that space? Well, look down! You see that space at the base of the cabinetry? That is called toe-space or toe-kick. Here, you are going to learn a few ways to utilize that toe-space to add more storage space to your kitchen.
Note: Before you go cutting into the trim, stop and check for plumbing and electrical work that may be run underneath the cabinetry. Typically, you will only find plumbing under the cabinet below the sink or next to a dishwasher, but it is best to check under all of the areas that you want to transform. This will save you a lot of grief and expense later.
Build a Drawer
The toe-space under many cabinets can be transformed into drawers for storage. You can purchase drawer placement hardware at your local home improvement store. Simply measure the diameter and depth of the potential drawer and purchase the wood and hardware that you need to complete it.
This drawer can be used to store all sorts of things, but if you plan to store canned goods, be sure that you invest in the heavy duty drawer hardware. Other things you can store in this drawer are pan lids, storage containers, utensils, etc.
Tip: If you have never built a drawer before, you can use this video to learn how to do so.
A simpler method of using this under-cabinet space for storage is by creating a hidden compartment. This method is simpler because you don't have to construct a custom drawer and hardware for it. Instead, simply remove the toe-space woodwork, install a few hidden hinges at the top and a pull knob so that you can open it easily.
This area can be used to store things like a folding step stool, broom and dustpan, or even plastic under-bed storage containers filled with your kitchen utensils or lids. You can store anything that you want under the cabinet as long as it will fit.
If you aren't a do-it-yourselfer, it would be best to contact a professional for assistance with these projects. Chances are, the projects will cost very little to have done and will be well worth the investment when you find out just how much more storage you can add to your kitchen by utilizing this space. To learn more about custom kitchen designs, visit Fine Kitchens and Baths by Patricia Dunlop.