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Spice up your Kitchen Storage

If you are an avid cook you probably have nearly every spice available somewhere in your kitchen.  Even if the mood only strikes you every so often to create a culinary masterpiece, it is very easy to accumulate a vast array of spice jars.  Where do you keep all of these small jars?  Do they get crammed into a kitchen cabinet or dumped in a drawer somewhere?  Worse yet, perhaps they take up valuable space on your countertop. 

Just like there is specialized storage for shoes, tools, or just about anything in your household, there are storage solutions designed to fit any available space in your kitchen design to organize your collection of spices.  There are certainly quick solutions that can fit into your existing kitchen design such as magnetic wall-mount systems installed near your cooking area and used with metal spice jars.  If, however, you are lucky enough to be planning a kitchen renovation, your options are significantly increased for finding a lasting solution to this storage dilemma. 

Here are just a few clever ideas for spice storage.  Be sure to find the ones that fit your requirements and add them to your list of must-have items to discuss with your kitchen design professional!

Kitchen design with a shelf built in above the cooking area to keep spices handy.

Kitchen design with a shelf built in above the cooking area to keep spices handy.

Put them on a shelf:  a small shelf near your cooking area could be the ideal place to keep a few go-to spices so you don’t have to go any further than an arm’s reach to find them, like the one pictured below.  Alternatively, you could build shelves into a wall next to your cooking area, provided it is removed enough from the heat, to store a wider range of spices.

Stick them in a drawer: kitchen cabinets can do much more than just store pots and pans.  Specialized accessories are available for nearly every item that needs a home in your kitchen, and your spice collection is no exception.  Drawer accessories are available from many kitchen cabinet suppliers that are specially designed to neatly store your spice jars so they are accessible with the labels on display. Below is one example from DuraSupreme, but visit our products page to see other kitchen cabinet dealers that have great storage solutions.

Kitchen cabinet with spice drawer.

Kitchen cabinet with spice drawer.

Stow them in pull-out shelves:  pull-out pantry shelves can be installed in clever locations using narrow spaces that are perfect for spice jars but would otherwise be wasted space in your kitchen design.  Narrow pull-out cabinets where you would normally just have a filler or decorative column are the ideal place to include this, and can fit a large array of spices.  This example below is available to view in our showroom:

Kitchen cabinet with pull-out pantry for spice storage.

Kitchen cabinet with pull-out pantry for spice storage.

Stash them behind a door: small shelves can be installed on the back of a cabinet or even a pantry door designed to hold a single row of spice jars, provided the depth of these shelves can be accommodated inside the kitchen cabinet. 

Include them in your island:  islands serve as an attractive focal point in your kitchen design but also provide essential extra storage space.  You can get even more storage out of your island by turning a decorative panel at the end of the island into a shallow cabinet for spice storage.

Are you inspired to clean up those spice jars that are taking over your kitchen?  Talk to your kitchen design professional about including specialized storage in your kitchen design!