Sometimes you can have too much storage and then on other times you never have enough storage.\nYou always need storage for your containers, pots and pans, food, knives and forks. Sometimes you can have too much storage and then on other times you never have enough storage.\nLike everything in life if you can get the right balance and combination of the different storage options then this will make your time in the kitchen a wonderful experience and not a frustrating one.\nYou must plan your storage around your workflow or how you want to operate in your kitchen.\n\nAlways come back to making your kitchen and home match your lifestyle, not the other way around.\nYou know you and your family best,\nhow often and where you will eat at home,\nschool work, entertaining and other parts of life.\nIt is important to style your kitchen to match these. This will lead to less frustration and despair down the track.\nYour storage options:\n1. Cabinets\n\nYou can have cabinets both on the floor and upper cabinets, which are suspended or attached to the wall.\nYour cabinets will generally have either swinging or sliding doors. Today there are a number of different options you can have with wood, glass, painted or a combination.\nYou can buy your cabinets 3 different ways:\n\nStock – these are generally purchased in a flat pack and you install it.\nSemi-Custom – you order with the ability for some small changes\nCustom Made – here your cabinets are built from scratch\n\nYou can have the following cabinets:\n\nBase: these sit on the floor and are mainly around the wall\nWall or Upper: Attached to the wall\nTall: generally your pantry\nIsland: in the middle of the kitchen\n\nCheck our post on Cabinet Doors\n2. Drawers\nKitchen drawers are where you store smaller items such as utensils, towels, small kitchen implements, pots and pans.\nThe beauty of drawers is that they can vary in size to cater for your cooking requirements.\nYou can have small drawers for your utensils and large drawers to handle your pots and pans.\nThere are a number of options to ensure you are not wasting space and having clutter with specially made inclusions such as cutlery trays, display racks.\nWhen planning your drawers be certain to think about the amount of weight you will be placing on the drawer base and the runners.\nYou don’t want to end up with warped drawers in the future. If you are having custom made drawers discuss this with your manufacturer.\n\n3. Pantry\nYou can have either a tall cabinet as a pantry or have a walk in pantry.\nThis will depend on the size of your kitchen. The pantry will be where you can store your dry food, crockery, storage containers.\nIf possible consider having an integrated refrigerator as this is essentially a pantry but for your cold and frozen products.\nYou don’t need to have a big refrigerator that is fully exposed; a nice integrated refrigerator will add a nice touch to your kitchen.\nLocate your pantry as close as possible to your food preparation area. \nConsider how and where the door will open to. Maybe a sliding door is an option.\nLook at racks that can move in and out so that you fully utilise the rear of your pantry.\n\n4. Kitchen Islands\nKitchen Islands can give your more bench space (you can never have too much bench space) and storage options. \nThey will also enhance the style and function of your kitchen.\nYou can have your kitchen island as a permanent structure or a mobile option.\nIf you decide to have an island then let your imagination determine if it should be a different colour to the rest of your kitchen, work are for the children, stand for your cookbooks, storage for your microwave, kettle, have multiple levels.\n\nYour storage options are can be wide and varied. Carefully think about how you plan to use your kitchen and then plan your storage accordingly. Remember it is your kitchen and your rules.