Some of the kitchens in Jenks 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. The following are some ideas on adding 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. You can also invest in organizing trays and racks that fit into a drawer or cabinet to corral things like 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. Adding hooks and pegs to unused areas like walls, sides of cabinets, or even the ceiling is a great way to make up for limited cabinet space. 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 Jenks 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. Have you noticed that small kitchens often have gaps or corners that are not fully utilized? With these standalone storages, you can add more counter space or storage 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. To maximize tight spaces, like that between a fridge and a wall, you can get narrow storage racks 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. Also, many leases stipulate that if you will be installing permanent fixtures, like shelves, you may need to remove them and repair any damage left behind or just leave them where they are.
Your lease, like many leases, may require you to get a licensed professional to do the work so be sure you follow your landlord’s guidelines. Otherwise, you might find the cost of removal or repairs deducted from your security deposit once you move out.
While these ideas to maximize kitchen space are all good, you might still want to consider a rental with bigger rooms if you are still feeling cramped. If you’re ready for a move, give Real Property Management Tulsa 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 918-532-7020.
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