kitchen storage units to adopt at home

The kitchen needs to be well-appointed and hyper-functional, according to the famous ‘Everything in its place and a place for everything’ theory! Discover our tips for excelling in the art of tidying up your kitchen.

  • Drawers and shelves: the essential kitchen storage
  • How did the island become the best storage asset?
  • New trends in “smart” cupboards

There is so much to store in the kitchen! Everyday dishes and those for special occasions; dishes, cooking utensils, table linen; accessories, dry and canned foods… Aromatic herbs in jars too, not to mention a few recipe books, in addition to household appliances… And yet, everything must be accessible. We want this room to be orderly and aesthetic, practical and easy to live with. Beyond the traditional storage tips for the whole house, what are the specific kitchen storage options to adopt in the kitchen during its design and /or its renovation?

1 – XXL drawers with compartments to reorganize the kitchen

Stop rummaging in a too narrow compartment where everything is tangled. This is the goal of the new XXL kitchen drawers. Very wide and deep, they allow you to store as clearly as possible. Removable dividers allow you to compose your ‘table’ of cutlery and utensils, to find everything at a glance – what a time saver and what a zen! These cutlery trays can also contain spice trays.

XXL drawers with compartments to reorganize the kitchen
Absolutely everything you need for cooking and serving is right here at your fingertips in perfectly organized modular thermoformed drawers

The set is practical but also visually pleasant and even decorative: it is no longer a question of ‘stashing’ all the mess of the kitchen but of making every corner a methodical and harmonious place. Each kitchen designer offers different types of tailor-made integrated kitchen storage, here Mobalpa – which even offers a guide to ‘ Organizing kitchen drawers efficiently’.

XXL drawers with compartments to reorganize the kitchen
A drawer that avoids all-plastic by integrating wooden or bamboo elements

2 – Classic shelves, the kitchen storage unit par excellence

They seem basic but they are nevertheless saving in the organization of the kitchen, and even aesthetic. Easy to install and showcase kitchen storage, it can be accessorized with a plant, colored pots, trinkets …

Classic shelves the kitchen storage unit par excellence
Storage shelves, in solid wood and modular for all rooms, even the kitchen

TipToe wall shelf

Shelves for authentic and characterful kitchens.

Classic shelves the kitchen storage unit par excellence
At IKEA, shelves are king, both functional and aesthetic

You can also choose them in an original and quirky color.

Classic shelves the kitchen storage unit par excellence
A red shelf, with swivel accessory to organize the space

IKEA Enhet shelving unit

3 – Smart expandable cupboards to save space

The cupboards, especially in height, are particularly playful, with their shelves to pull out and even to unfold, and their ingenious systems which use every corner. Thanks to them, storage is increased tenfold. All so-called ‘lost’ spaces can therefore be arranged.

Smart expandable cupboards to save space
The lowering system of this cupboard is very ingenious, in a spirit of ‘fusion’ and ‘extension’. You can even install it in your existing cupboards

Imove Castorama sliding storage

Another equally ingenious system is the AMR concept from Mobalpa.

Smart expandable cupboards to save space
Tilting and retractable shelves in tall units

Kessebohmer retractable shelf on ManoMano

To not lose any centimeters, we use the depth of the low cupboards, thanks to a sliding storage system.

Smart expandable cupboards to save space
Corner cupboards that literally unfold out of the corner

Castorama sliding corner storage

4 – Pull-out shelves to classify utensils and products

The English drawers become English shelves : open the cupboard door, high or low, and one to three pull-outs are deployed. They are used to store cooking dishes and saucepans, and today they are diverted for all kinds of tailor-made uses: storage of groceries, small appliances, cleaning products, etc.

Pull out shelves to classify utensils and products
Fixed storage at the bottom for bulky containers, and sliding storage at the top for lighter and more frequently used products

You can also choose to create a self-service for the coffee / tea machine with everything at hand.

Pull out shelves to classify utensils and products
A fixed shelf at the top for cups and saucers and a sliding one below, like a sideboard

To free up worktops, there’s nothing like recessed sliding shelves for kettles, toasters and other everyday equipment.

Pull out shelves to classify utensils and products
Two sliding drawers with direct access, without front. So chic in black & wood

Mediane Mobalpa cuisine

Without necessarily installing a new storage unit, you can opt for English drawers.

Pull out shelves to classify utensils and products
There is also a sliding version of the worktop for optimal space saving and an easy-going kitchen

5 – Multi-function islands, better storage advantage

The central island, so popular for a friendly and modern kitchen , can become your best storage asset. Under the plates and the worktop, a cave of Ali Baba! You can personalize it, between open and closed spaces, display cases, lighted shelves …

Multi function islands better storage advantage
Behind the doors of an island, multiple storage compartments for dishes and decoration, all in one!

Ambiance Life SoCoo’c cuisine

The island can also be integrated into a set of shelves.

Multi function islands better storage advantage
The island here becomes a perfect separation from the living-dining room

6 – Niches that give character, to combine practicality and aesthetics

The niche is the little extra detail that makes all the difference in storage and decoration. All niche configurations are possible depending on your room. Integrated into a low cabinet in the kitchen, it often makes it possible to optimize a small wasted space. And in height, it brings a breath, balancing with the closed facades. They allow, beyond storage, to display pretty crockery, trinkets or plants.

Niches that give character to combine practicality and aesthetics
Horizontal, vertical … highlight the niches with color

The niches play the role of shelves and create an authentic atmosphere.

Niches that give character to combine practicality and aesthetics
Large storage niches with waxed concrete finish

Farsi Mercadier painting

7 – Hidden cupboards and hoods for a well-appointed and refined kitchen

In contemporary kitchens, the trend is for sleek cupboards that hide everything, absolutely everything! Interesting kitchen storage in the small open plan areas, where the kitchen remains discreet and blends in with the rest of the decoration.

Hidden cupboards and hoods for a well appointed and refined kitchen
The side of the kitchen cabinet hides here a large storage space all in height, which makes the connection between the two rooms.

Mobalpa retro kitchen

Even the hood is now completely built into the worktop! In 2021 it is even about ‘cooktop suction devices’.

Hidden cupboards and hoods for a well appointed and refined kitchen
Hoods built in or adjacent to the hobs, which save significant space. The room is also less visually cluttered

Hob with integrated Silverline hood on ManoMano

The uncluttered kitchen is a big trend when it is open and integrated into the living room. It is then designed with large uniform facades, which give a very design effect. Graphically, the contrast between the solid and the empty is generally accentuated by the color (black and wood for example, or more nuanced, gray and white), which gives rhythm to the space. The set makes it possible to integrate a large number of storage spaces to leave the visual space particularly uncluttered.

Hidden cupboards and hoods for a well appointed and refined kitchen
Smooth furniture, in matt black, refined and sober… One of the essentials of kitchens for 2021

Tango Conforama

In this kitchen, we find the island with integrated cupboards and drawers, niche with sliding blind for the coffee maker, refined atmosphere, invisible hood …

Hidden cupboards and hoods for a well appointed and refined kitchen
A kitchen so tidy that you can only see … the garden!

Getting around constraints, creating a fluid and functional kitchen, in which you feel perfectly comfortable preparing meals, this is the goal of efficient storage. Storage frees up space or dresses it up. Most of all, have fun designing it. First make a plan with your preferences and favorites, consult interior designers to optimize the space , then on a daily basis, living in the room, do not hesitate to make changes, to adjust, to reverse, to create even more logic and well-being.