We rent our home and when we moved every room got bigger, except the kitchen. I have grown to work within our kitchen, but oh, how few cupboards and counter space there is to work with! We finally had our cupboard repainted during covid and moved a few things around. We tried to be creative about how to add more counter space, keeping in mind that we don’t own the home. What was the easiest solution? IKEA of course!
We already owned a couple of the Kallax shelves and loved the versatility with them. We measured planned and decided that adding two of them would fit the kitchen just fine. The shelves had to be stacked in front of one another to fit. This led to me wondering how in the world could I organize the shelves, keep things dust free and ACTUALLY reach all the way to the back with them being twice as deep? After staring at the options before me, I realized bins! Bigger items can fit easily in the back and still be accessible, while bins in the front allow me to pull them out to access smaller items or pull them fully out to reach the big items stored behind.
We added doors on the bottom because I only had so many small items that would fit in the bins. Behind the doors we have one shelf with Play Doh, making it super easy for the kids to reach and put back away. Another has our electric kettle and coffee maker. The third all our makers; waffles, grilled cheese and donuts. Recipe books and containers that tend to only get filled with Christmas baking take up the last shelf.
Our bins hold water bottles which used to be stored on a pantry shelf. They often fell over and took up valuable shelf space! Another bin holds smoothie items; the magic bullet, protein powder and cups. It also holds my immersion blenders, which sometimes get used for smoothies too! The third bin holds the tupperware lids and the last is used as a “bread box.” Everything is so accessible for the kids and easy to store items in! The bins contain small pieces but are big enough that they can fit what is needed or be changed for different items if our needs change.
It took a bit of trial and error to figure out exactly what I wanted where, but now that it is done and we’ve been using it for a few months I love it! The kids can reach what they need, I can set a bin up top to reach the back quickly and it has added a place to cool and decorate cookies and more counter space for both kids to prep their lunches in the morning. Who knew that our perfect kitchen addition would come from IKEA in a box?