Storing spices in a drawer rather than a wall-mounted rack ensures seasonings are handy for cooking while preserving their delicate flavors by protecting them from sunlight, moisture and heat. Photo courtesy of Dura Supreme Cabinetry
Shallow kitchen drawers are perfect for spice storage – except when jars roll against one another. Solve that problem with the Variera drawer insert from IKEA. The curved grooves of this removable tray make it easy to store spices and easy to clean should those spices ever spill.
Spice and oil storage drawers are hidden behind decorative columns, utilizing every inch of space in this traditional kitchen. This smart solution keeps ingredients organized and on-hand while at the food prep space.
All spice jars as not created equal. Accommodate the various shapes and sizes with slanted, plastic drawer organizers. These inserts keep spices within easy reach and may be cut to any drawer size. Find a similar product solution to the one shown here at Rev-A-Shelf.
After giving thought to the cabinets' exterior, turn some attention to their intended use and interior features. "It used to be that we would place cabinetry in the room and make it functional," says Al. "Now every cabinet has a purpose." There are pullout drawers for pots and pans, oversize drawers for baking sheets and even high-tech under-counter cooling drawers that keep beverages and snacks within easy reach. Accessories like lazy Susans, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and other cabinet extras make the kitchen a much more efficient and enjoyable place. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
When drawers and cabinets won't do, seek space inside kitchen walls with a recessed spice shelf. Blogger Mandi Tremayne's custom spice shelf features embellished molding and simple spice jars for a classic, traditional look that elevates everyday spices to festive kitchen decor.
Gorgeous angled windows produce a greenhouse feel in this bright and airy kitchen. White Shaker cabinets, gray granite countertops and light subway tile are beautiful design choices. A pullout spice drawer beside the dishwasher blends in perfectly with the cabinets.
With only 162 square feet of available space, every inch of this kitchen was used. Six inches on both sides of the range, which might have been considered negligible in a larger kitchen, were topped with marble and used for a pull-out spice drawer on one side and utensil storage on the other.
If you’re planning a built-in island, take advantage of every inch, outfitting it with drawers, shelves, cabinets and even under-counter appliances. “We added a pull-out spice drawer on this island to store frequently used items in an easily accessible space,” says designer Kristianne Watts. It also features a wine refrigerator and a raised dining bar.
This custom kitchen works overtime with dishwasher drawers, multiple spice nooks, a walk-in pantry and an espresso machine. The green soapstone countertops provide contrast against the fresh white cabinets.
Sleek and spare but with warm brown accents, this modern kitchen is a design masterpiece. The wood paneled cabinets hide clever storage solutions such as pull-out spice racks and deep drawers for pots and pans.
So many special details make this large kitchen fit for a chef: Pull-out utensil holders and spice and oil cabinets flank the cooktop as well as a pewter countertop insert to hold hot items. The left side of the sink wall is the sandwich-making zone which includes a bread drawer, hidden toaster and a cabinet for appliances.
This pint-size kitchen lives larger than it actually is thanks to a mix of materials and a receding jewel-toned paint color. Painted wood, stainless steel, exposed brick and warm pine flooring come together beautifully to create a functional kitchen that’s anything but blah. Concealed storage keeps it looking uncluttered and a multitude of drawers ensure spices and utensils are within easy reach.
An ornate wood surround frames the stove area in this traditional kitchen, while stunning wine storage is tucked away in the adjoining room. Mediterranean influences seep into the details through the ornate carving on the stove surround and thick molding on the cream cabinetry. Small drawers in the surround are perfect for storing easy-to-reach spices and herbs, while a small shelf provides easy access to oils and vinegars.