Tight Spaces, Fabulous Places Stacked, Racked And Put Away

October 07, 1990|By YOLANDA GARFIELD

Cancel clutter with well-planned space enhancers. Maximize and organize the square footage in a messy closet, a cramped kitchen or a less than lovely bath, until there's room for everything. Whether space enhancers are custom-made or customized from pre-milled parts, the important thing is attractive accessibility.

The designers at Stuart Kitchens & Baths are experts at putting everything in its place. Great ideas abound for storing dry beans, trays, magazines and oddly sized pots in the St. Charles kitchen, above, where every millimeter counts around an oversized refrigerator-freezer. Normally wasted, hard-to-reach spaces above the kitchen cabinets are made accessible with a rolling library ladder.

Stretch closet space with a customized closet system from Closet Masters, left. Owner Gary Lederman's degree in architecture helps him diagnose individual needs in order to design highly personal closet spaces, using both an adjustable wood system plus an open-ventilated vinyl-coated steel shelving system. Special features include wire shelves on casters, and even a unique velvet-coated jewelry drawer, eliminating the need for a separate jewelry box.

Any cluttered bathroom counter can be magically transformed into a mega-storage system like this one from Poggenpohl that packs an out-of-sight laundry bin, cosmetics area, towel storage and more into a mere four feet of space.

The perfect spot for squeezing extra storage is right between these upper and lower Poggenpohl cabinets. Conveniently located next to the stove, the roll-top tambers, sometimes called appliance garages, hide small counter-top appliances, spices, condiments and more.

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