3 Great Kitchen Storage Solutions

So much happens in a kitchen every day: the space must easily handle food prep, impromptu socializing, and—oh, right—cleanup. Below, three ideas designers have used to deftly manage these tasks and enable (nearly) effortless transition from one to the next.

(Photo: James Merrell/Lonny)
Idea 1: Rolling panels of glass over open shelving
Designer Tara Bernerd’s riverfront flat in London expresses casual simplicity, openness, and conviviality in every detail. The furnishings in the kitchen–bar area, a space she describes as “adaptable and practical,” perfectly suit the tone. Fluted-glass rolling panels give the room an easy flexibility: if you’re perched on a barstool chatting with Bernerd—here framed in sharp focus by one of them—you can concentrate fully on conversation.

(Photo: Jenny Brandt)
Idea 2: Wooden crates on rolling carts converted into work surfaces
Easygoing utilitarian style is comfortably on view in this house in the Swedish provinces, the summer home of fashion stylist and design editor Jennifer Jansch and her family. In the kitchen, Jansch pressed rolling carts into service, their tops serving as counters. And resting on a lower shelf, vintage wooden crates easily accommodate cooks’ tools, trays, and other necessities. The white-painted wainscoting and the wallpaper border framing the window add a dash of style to the efficient space.

(Photo: Patrick Cline/Lonny)

Idea 3: Pegboard wall  for kitchen tools

Pegboards like the one in Design*Sponge creator Grace Bonney’s kitchen, pictured above, harken back to the legendary Julia Child—or, more accurately, to her husband, Paul. As the story goes, the couple’s postage stamp–size Paris kitchen just didn’t have enough space, so Paul improvised an open-storage system that perfectly met their needs. Its pegboard, the spot for pots and pans, colanders, you name it, still inspires kitchens today. Bonney’s version, painted bright red, is a compact and well-edited take. Essentials hang in easy reach; next to them, knives cling to a magnetic rack; and the perky painting on the wall brings vibrancy and personality.
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