Every kitchen can benefit from extra storage space. Problem is, many kitchens are simply too small to hold all of the “stuff” most cooks – whatever their level of expertise – accumulate. While there are certainly tips and tricks to maximize existing cabinets and drawers – two-tier cutlery trays, lazy Susans, pullout drawers and shelves, cabinet and drawer dividers – it’s a lot harder to add more actual space. Until now!
There’s one part of the kitchen that’s underutilized, a dead space largely ignored except in design considerations: the toe kick.
The toe kick is the strip between the bottom of kitchen cabinets and the floor. It’s usually a solid piece of cabinet material designed to cover the unsightly space under the cabinet. But when you’re lacking cabinet space (or even if you’re not), the toe kick offers a whole new level of practical storage.
Here’s how to get your toe kick working for you:
Toe kick drawers
Because the toe kick is generally only a few inches high, it doesn’t offer much vertical space. A pullout toe kick accommodates bakeware like cookie sheets and racks, flat trays, and other low-profile items. It can also be used as a handy pet bowl station (no more stepping in the water dish!) or kids’ craft storage. Because the toe kick is so low to the ground, it’s advisable to store things that are used less frequently or by those who are naturally shorter – children and pets.
Which unusual kitchen spaces do you use to the fullest?