Floating Shelves for the Kitchen: Organizing Your Cooking Essentials

organized kitchen with floating shelves

The kitchen is often one of the most unorganized rooms in the home between junk drawers (yep, we've all got them!) and overflowing cabinets. It's easy to randomly toss utensils into drawers and haphazardly shove and stack as many pots, pans, plates, and bowls as possible into cabinets. 

While we may all be guilty of doing these things from time to time, we can all agree that a well-organized home brings a refreshing feeling. Adding floating shelves to your kitchen design is a simple and cost-effective way to bring organization and aesthetic appeal to your home. 

Blend Kitchen Essentials with Basic Decor Staples

The phrase "kitchen essentials" sounds very utilitarian, but even these items can be beautiful and serve as pieces of decor. If you don’t already have a nice set of dishes, find a set that you can place on your floating shelves. The same holds true for any cookware, bakeware, and cooking utensils you may house on your shelves.

Use a 2:1 ratio of kitchen essentials to decor when selecting items to place on your shelves. This rule of thumb helps blend functionality with style. Keeping this in mind will also help prevent you from overcrowding your shelves - making them look cluttered. Don’t be afraid to place items on the under-shelf space, either. This will help complete the overall look of the shelves.

The process of selecting decor pieces to place on your floating shelves is a good time to browse items you already have around the home. Select pieces of artwork, candlesticks, cookbooks, a plant, vases, and other items that will flow well with the color scheme of your kitchen and will add texture and dimension to the room. Find pieces in a variety of sizes to help create a sleek look.

Only Select Kitchen Items that You Regularly Use

Floating shelves are not a surface that you want to cram full of all the dishes you could ever possibly use. Sort through what you have and pull out the items that you use most often. Place a set of six to eight plates, bowls, and drinkware on the lowest shelf, so they are always within easy reach. This is also a good time to weed through your dishes and food storage containers to discard broken and mismatched items.

Find Storage Items that Have Aesthetic Appeal

If your floating shelves are truly needed for extra storage, find functional storage items that look nice. Use matching glass or ceramic containers to store flour, sugar, beans, and pasta. A wire basket works well to hold cookbooks together. Use matching spice jars and find a multi-tiered spice rack to add height to the area. There are a plethora of options available to add stylish organization to your floating shelves.

Select the Perfect Floating Shelves for Your Kitchen

Now that you have some ideas for kitchen storage and organization using floating shelves, find the perfect shelves to fill your space. Choose between traditional shelves, 3-inch thick shelves, and lighted shelves in a wide selection of sizes and stain colors.

Looking to organize your kitchen with floating shelves? Order online or contact us today! Still have questions? We love troubleshooting, answering questions, and offering tips and tricks, so email us at customerservice@jthomashome.com

Locals interested in purchasing a collection of handcrafted shelves for a renovation can schedule an appointment with us to get started. 

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