Think you’re out of storage space in your kitchen? Think again. Toe kicks, the baseboards of your cabinets, conceal unused space big enough to hold slim drawers. Of course, the Buy Kitchen Cupboards narrow space doesn’t fit everything, but I have four toe kick drawers in my own kitchen that hold less frequently used kitchen tools, such as a cherry pitter and a candy thermometer; emergency supplies, such as candles, batteries and flashlights; appliance manuals; service receipts; and pet bowls. Think of all that storage you may be missing out on! Here’s how to get toe kick storage in your own kitchen. "Project: Buy Kitchen Cupboards Adding toe kick storage drawers.
Who to hire: By far the easiest and best way to install toe kick storage is to order it with new cabinets. According to Dennis Palazzolo, vice president of EW Kitchens, a toe kick drawer ordered with cabinets retails for about $175 to $225 per drawer.
If your cabinets were stick-built onsite, you may or may not be Buy Kitchen Cupboards able to accomplish this, depending on how they were built. The cost to retrofit drawers will vary depending upon size, location and labor costs, but plan to spend about $150 per drawer. In a small kitchen especially, however, where every inch counts, it may be a small price to pay for so much additional storage.Cost: As mentioned, expect to spend about $175 to $225 per drawer when ordering them with new cabinets. Adding a drawer to your existing cabinet bases will run about $150 per drawer for installation.
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Some cabinet companies offer a toe kick drawer specifically for storing a step stool, like this one from Fieldstone. If you are retrofitting, you can purchase the Stepfix from Hafele. This item, along with the bracket for mounting the matching toe kick, retails for approximately $210.Absolute Kitchen And BathYou can keep books, Buy Kitchen Cupboards craft supplies, small hand tools, office supplies or emergency items in the drawer too.Richard Landon DesignI love this idea for storing pet bowls. When your animals are done eating, just push the drawer back in. Just make sure that the location of your pet drawer won’t block a main aisle, especially during busy times.DeWils Custom CabinetryHere’s a drawer with built-in pet bowls. 5Or how about you don’t store anything at all, but include a built-in pull-out step? The ones shown here are higher than Buy Kitchen Cupboards the average toe kick, but even the typical 4-incher could give you just enough height to get to higher shelves, or could help kids brush their teeth and wash their hands. Rebecca Ryan Design2Here’s another clever toe kick step."