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3 hacks to add more space to your Surfers Paradise kitchen

By Andrew Bell

If you're dreaming of a bigger kitchen than your current Gold Coast property provides, how can you create more space? If you want to be able to whip up a storm and impress your guests, try out these ideas for maximising space and helping you towards a kitchen you love.

1. Utilise the empty walls

If you don't have enough cupboard space, look to your kitchen walls. Rather than putting everything away behind closed doors, turn your kitchen wares into an attractive display. If you've run out of space for food items, put up some shelving and store dry goods in jars or pots. Choose matching containers if you like uniformity, but if you want to add some colour or flair, opt for a variety.

Plates, cups, glasses and bowls can look great stacked together at different heights or grouped by colour. With other items like pots, pans and utensils, try hanging them from the wall or from the underside of cupboards for a different effect.

For smaller gaps, a sneaky way to make space is to use magnetic strips. You can hold metal implements like knives or even use magnetic containers to store your spices. They may even fit on the inside of a cupboard door.

2) Create space with the right furniture

You may feel like your kitchen is too small to add any extra furniture, but by adding the right kit you can actually create space. A narrow kitchen island adds preparation and storage space on top, along with the opportunity for more shelves below. From saucepan stacks to wine racks, you can use the space underneath for almost anything you need to store. Any old narrow table you can get your hands on can work.

On a bigger scale, why not redesign a whole wall to a be top-to-bottom storage space? Mix and match shelves and cupboards of different sizes and shapes, to store small items like cutlery through to large goods such as food processors without wasting an ounce of space.

If you haven't got a spare wall, look for opportunities to turn small gaps into clever pull-out storage. A six-inch space beside the fridge can hold a surprising number of condiments.

3) Get rid of items that don't belong in the kitchen

Many of us are guilty of having an 'odds and ends' drawer in the kitchen. Given that it often plays a central role in house activities, storing things you like to have to hand does make sense. However, when space is tight, it needs to go. There's so much more you can do with a kitchen drawer. Get an organiser and sort your spices into it, or lay your cans horizontally side-by-side.

Your next kitchen is just waiting for you to find it. Talk to the experts at Ray White Surfers Paradise today to get your Gold Coast real estate search on the move.

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