Some of the kitchens in Rockport 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. But there are many ways to maximize your kitchen space to create a functional and beautiful space you can enjoy working in. This article will show you some ideas to add storage and utility to your rental home’s kitchen.
Some of the mentioned upgrades are do-it-yourself options that you can take along when you leave your rental home, but others may require the permission of your landlord. Be sure to check the terms of your lease carefully and follow the process for requesting permanent changes.
Declutter and Organize
The best strategy to create a clean and functional kitchen is to first declutter and organize it. If you have more dishes, utensils, small appliances, or kitchenware than you have cabinet space, simply getting rid of things you don’t use regularly can help everything fit better. 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. Hooks and pegs are also a great way around limited cabinet space. You can add them to unused areas like walls, the side of cabinets, 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 Rockport property manager to drill holes in the walls or ceiling.
Add Rolling Storage
Another way tenants maximize their small kitchen’s storage space is by adding 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 great because they fit in tight spaces such as between a fridge and a wall and give you more places to store your kitchen essentials or pantry items.
Your kitchen might have a lot of wall space but only a few cabinets, so you can install shelves as an inexpensive option. Open shelves give your kitchen functionality and beauty in addition to giving you places to display glassware or keep small appliances away after use. Since adding shelves is a much bigger project, you may need to ask for your landlord’s approval, so be sure to ask first. Most leases also stipulate that any permanent installations, like shelves, have to be removed upon leaving and you may need to repair any damage left behind.
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. Otherwise, the cost of removal or repairs may be deducted from your security deposit upon move-out.
While all of these are great tips to maximize your kitchen space, you might need to look for a rental with bigger rooms if you still feel cramped. If you’re ready for a move, give Real Property Management Shoreline 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 361-885-0500.
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