Some of the kitchens in Homestead rental homes can be on the small side or may not have enough storage for all the essentials. This can make doing daily tasks more difficult. What’s good is that there are a lot of ways to maximize your kitchen space and have a functional space that is also aesthetic. This article will show you some ideas to add storage and utility to your rental home’s kitchen.
While some of the mentioned upgrades are easy do-it-yourself projects you can remove when you leave your rental home, others may require the permission of your landlord before you can begin. Be sure to check the terms of your lease carefully and follow the process for requesting permanent changes.
Declutter and Organize
Decluttering and organizing your kitchen is the first step to creating a clean and functional one. Getting rid of things you do not use regularly can help you fit your oft-used dishes, utensils, small appliances, or kitchenware in the limited cabinet space. Organizing trays and racks that fit into the drawers or cabinets are also very helpful for corralling the silverware, pot and pan lids, and spice jars. Once you have made a space for everything and put everything in its place, you are on your way to a more functional kitchen.
Use Vertical Spaces
Another way to maximize your kitchen is to create more storage. If you have limited cabinet space, you can use hooks or pegs on unused areas, like walls, the side of a cabinet, or even the ceiling. You can also hang your pots on a rack or your coffee mugs on hooks and free up an entire cabinet or two for other things. Just be sure to install your hanging storage using damage-free mounting tape or get permission from your Homestead property manager to drill holes in the walls or ceiling.
Add Rolling Storage
Tenants have also added storage space to a small kitchen by bringing in a rolling island or storage cabinet. There are many gaps or corners in small kitchens that are under-utilized. Standalone storage or counter space gives you additional space for your things. Rolling islands are especially great because aside from offering both storage and counter space, you can also get an additional place to sit just by bringing in a couple of stools. Narrow storage racks are also common now and they are designed to fit between a fridge and a wall or other tight spaces so you have more places for your kitchen essentials or pantry items.
Adding shelves is an inexpensive way to add more storage space to kitchens that have a lot of wall space, but limited cabinets. Open shelves give your kitchen functionality and beauty in addition to giving you places to display glassware or keep small appliances away after use. Adding shelves is one of the projects that will probably require your landlord’s approval. Most leases also have a stipulation about permanent installations, like shelves. You may need to remove them and repair any damages left behind or perhaps just leave the installed items where they are.
If your lease, like most leases, requires you to have the work done by a licensed professional, make sure you follow what your landlord requires. Or else, the cost of removal or repairs might be deducted from your security deposit upon move-out.
While these are indeed great ideas to maximize your available kitchen space, it is still best to look for a rental with bigger rooms if you still feel cramped after trying out these suggestions. If you’re ready for a move, give Real Property Management Dade a call. We have a wide range of rental home listings, possibly even one with your dream kitchen in it! View our listings online or reach us at 305-501-1511.
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