Make the most of wall space in your kitchen with these smart ideas for keeping the worktops clear of clutter
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Cupboards and shelves aren’t the only way to store things in the kitchen. Check out these inventive ways to maximise the walls to create a functional cookspace that’s neat, organised and clutter-free.
Fit some hooks
Make use of a bare wall with a row of hooks. Protruding pegs are a great way to store anything from tea towels to saucepans. In this clean, minimal space, some attractive wooden hooks are perfect for the chef’s apron, while a white version provides a handy spot for a spare dining chair.
In this Shaker-style kitchen, the hooks are part of a wall-to-wall ledge. The pegs can hold a variety of items, depending on which area of the workspace is being used. The shallow shelf above is perfect for small vases, tins and jars.
Put up a pegboard
For something brilliantly versatile, try hanging a pegboard on your kitchen wall. These simple, perforated sheets can accommodate hooks in any arrangement you like. The black version here blends into the wall, and has pegs for mugs and chopping boards, as well as a potato sack and kitchen roll.
Install a pegboard above the sink to keep all your washing-up accessories to hand. This one has hooks for brushes and utensils, as well as small wire baskets to hold soaps and sponges. Everything is kept neatly off the work surfaces and out of the sink.
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Park your knives
Need somewhere safe to store your sharp implements? You can’t go wrong with a magnetic knife holder. These neat strips of metal are easily fitted to the wall and keep your knives securely out of the way.
Install the rack near to the work surface to make it easy to grab a knife when you need one. This one is perfectly positioned next to the cooker, so the chef can chop ingredients before tipping them straight into the pan.
Fasten a rail
The area above the hob is the ideal spot for tools you’ll need while cooking. Try installing a pot rail like this one to hang all your culinary vessels. The beauty of a rail is its flexibility – it’s easy to add extra items along the bar, or take them away. This one is full of pots, pans, sieves and colanders.
Alternatively, you could go for a more minimal look and use your rail for smaller items, such as utensils. The tools and copper pans here are neatly spaced, giving an ordered feel to the room.
A pot rail doesn’t have to go above the cooker. This vintage number is conveniently located over the sink, where items can be hung up after washing. A magnetic knife holder is fitted to the side of the cupboard to provide even more handy storage.
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Use all the space
If you have some unused space between the window ledge and the worktop, you could maximise the area with a run of cubbyholes. These simple slots are great for storing tableware and are a smart design feature in the room.
Float your fruit and vegetables
Get rid of that cumbersome fruit bowl by storing your produce in suspended wire baskets like these. You’ll need something for them to hang from without knocking the wall – either a hook in the ceiling or, if that’s too high, a fairly long bracket protruding from the wall.
A three-tier model is ideal, as it will provide enough room for plenty of fruit.
Repurpose a basket
Don’t fancy a hanging basket? You could upcycle a shopping basket instead. These old wire numbers have been turned into nifty wall shelves to add a quirky, industrial look to the kitchen.
There are various ready-made versions of these on the market, including locker-style shelving units with hooks below.
Pin up your paraphernalia
A corkboard is a useful place to store all the paperwork that gathers in the kitchen. Rather than hanging a noticeboard, how about adhering cork tiles to the walls instead? This brick design replicates a tiled splashback, but doubles up as a pinboard.
Double up a splashback
This clever Ikea hack has incorporated both a splashback and paperwork storage. The owners have fitted two glass noticeboards to the area above the sink to protect the wall, while handy pegs provide nifty slots for tucking away shopping lists and leaflets.
Wall-mount pen pots
Pens and pencils often find their way into the kitchen and can easily clutter up the work surface. Screw a practical pot holder to the wall to keep them all in one place. The pots here are full of stationery items, but you could also use a rack like this for plant pots.
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