Adding more counter space to your kitchen allows you more room for food preparation and/or countertop storage. Depending on the support structure of the counter space, you may also increase your kitchen cabinetry. At the very least, a counter extension will create an open shelf below the counter where various utensils, appliances or bulk supplies may be stored. Another option is to add a fold-up counter. You won’t increase your kitchen cabinet or storage shelving space, but it will provide you with a supplemental counter when needed.
Planning for Additional Counter Space
To successfully add counter space in a kitchen, it is important that you first plan it out. You don’t want to jump the gun and install a fold-up counter that might block a path. Likewise, tearing up the linoleum to make room for a new cabinet as your first order of business is a bit hasty. Planning is required. Determine where in your kitchen an additional counter might fit. By adding counter space, you may have to give up space elsewhere. Unless you have an addition or a lot of unused space, a sacrifice may be necessary. Once you locate a spot in your kitchen where an additional counter may fit, determine its maximum size. A fold-up counter may be your best choice, considering it won’t take up space when not in use. Still, factor in the inconvenience it may cause when in use, especially if it cuts into a walking path.
Ideas for Added Counter Space
As stated, a fold-up counter is a great way to add counter space to a kitchen without permanently changing its layout. When needed, simply fold the counter up and lock its supports in place. When you are done with it, release the supports and fold it back down. Depending on its thickness and the position of the hinges, it won’t add more than a few inches to the horizontal dimension of the cabinet or wall onto which it is attached.
Another idea is to build a rollable countertop. Provided you have a place to keep it when not in use, a rollable countertop can provide a cutting or preparing surface in addition to one or more shelves underneath. The whole thing is on four casters, two of which should lock. Move it around as needed. When not in use, it can be used to store portable appliances or other kitchen gadgets.
A final idea involves the addition of lower cabinets installed below the new counter space. This requires the most room and may not be practical for many kitchens. However, if you have the room for it, you will not only increase your countertop surface, but you will end up with additional cabinet space as well.
Planning to add counter space in your kitchen is a vital step, for it will allow you to determine where it may be possible and how much you can add. Planning also forces you to make a budget. Even if you are just buying the materials and will do the work yourself, it still costs money. The prudent choice is to calculate the expenses required after determining what is possible in your kitchen.