Kitchen storage trends to avoid for a more functional cooking space, according to design experts

1. Not planning storage in the design phase

Getting a new kitchen is exciting, and it can be easy to focus on the aesthetics instead of the essentials, like storage. Choosing the right options when you design a kitchen will make your layout easy to use in the long run. 'Factoring storage into the planning stage will ensure your kitchen is designed to suit your lifestyle,' agrees Ruth Lavender, a design expert from Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery. 'For example, cooking enthusiasts need an area to stock up on ingredients, so adding a larder or pantry is ideal.'

2. Cutting out wall cabinets

Open shelving in kitchens has been a look we’ve obsessed with for years. A staple in any small kitchen ideas list, it creates an airy atmosphere and keeps essentials nearby. However, getting rid of wall units completely means everything from mismatched mugs to cracked crockery is constantly on show, which can make the room look untidy - not great if you want the perfect #shelfie.

3. Using complicated storage systems

From specialist drawer inserts to fancy electric lifts, the trend for complex storage systems has gotten out of hand. Yes, you want your space to be organised, but you also don’t want to overload your units with fixtures that make everything harder to get to. The trick here is to go simple and concentrate on kitchen storage that adds value. Dedicated corner storage is a great example, as it’s one of the few kitchen layout ideas we think works for kitchens large and small. It’s a simple addition that unlocks an unused area and turns it into a valuable place for storing bulkier items, such as dried goods and backup supplies.

4. Dangling pots and pans from the ceiling

If you’re still hanging onto your hanging pot racks, it’s time to let go. Once a stylish way to keep everything close by, this look has quickly fallen out of favour as storage trends move towards more hidden styles. Let’s face it: for this idea to look good, it’s important to always have matching cookware or utensils. It also adds visual clutter, plus unused pans tend to accumulate grease and dust build-up, making this look hard to maintain for those with hectic schedules.

5. Fixed furniture

A place to cook, dine, entertain, and more, our kitchens have become the most multi-functional room in a home. So it’s no surprise that our experts are seeing the shift toward moveable furniture that can be used or put away to suit different activities. 'Butcher-style islands and islands on legs are real statement pieces of furniture that allow for movement and give an extra detail to the kitchen,' reports William.


When maximising storage in a small kitchen, there are a few principles that our experts swear by. Rule one: clear the clutter. We’re all guilty of hoarding expired groceries or dinnerware that’s been passed down the family, but it’s time to get tough. Anything that’s unloved, unused, or inedible needs to go. By doing so, you’ll make more room for essentials and ensure they’re close to hand. Rule two: make it multi-functional. When space is at a premium, it’s essential to make your storage work as hard as possible. 'Your larder or pantry can easily be a multi-purpose unit for various activities,' explains Jen. 'You could use it as a breakfast station in the mornings, but come Friday night, you can change it into a cocktail bar by lining up spirits, glasses, and garnishes.'


Improving your kitchen storage will be a work in progress, so don’t put too much pressure on getting it right immediately. For a quick win, Ruth advises to 'Store your most used items in locations that are easy to reach and less frequently used objects in cupboards that may be tucked away and more difficult to access.' This will make your space more ergonomic in an instant. Avoiding the trends in this article will also help you improve your storage, ensuring your setup is organised, on-trend, and ergonomic.

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