A couple of weeks ago we already had a bit of a rant about our kitchen. It’s new, it’s clean (and easier to keep clean than our old one) and unlike our previous kitchen the cupboard doors all close and none of it is falling off the walls.
It’s not what we would have chosen but given that apartments in Germany often don’t even have kitchens (you have to buy and add one yourself, even if you’re only renting) we really shouldn’t be complaining, either.
The biggest problem we have is a lack of storage. Maybe it’s because we have too many kitchen gadgets (that we don’t use) or maybe it’s because we have 8 different kinds of rice (we really do, I counted). Either way, the storage space we have just isn’t quite enough.
The layout of the kitchen is also a bit awkward. It’s almost too narrow for a table and there are no sockets or lighting in the second half of it either. On the other hand, the space is too large to just waste. In an ideal world I’d have knocked down the wall between the kitchen and living room on the day we moved in but I’m pretty sure our landlord wouldn’t be too pleased!
Even if I’m not the biggest fan of open shelves in kitchens – I’m a “hide everything you can” kind of person – shelves were the easiest way to add extra storage in this kitchen.
We’d thought about building some DIY shelves but if there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past 6 years of tackling home improvements it’s knowing when it’s just not worth the effort to do the work yourself.
So, after a quick trip to Ikea and a not so fun ride home with 3 long shelves on the tram we now have some floating kitchen shelves!
They’re just the basic Ikea Lack shelves that are really easy to attach. Because they’re so long we’ve managed to add loads of items we would have otherwise had to store in the cupboard.
It may not be the most exciting storage solution ever and we definitely still need to work on our shelf prettifying skills (don’t expect to see any #shelfies on Instagram anytime soon) but so far it’s been working really well for us.
And we now have a new table, too!
Our existing dining table was too big for the kitchen and initially we tried to place it in the living room which just didn’t feel quite right either.
Although we weren’t actually bothered about having a table and are happy to just eat while sitting on the sofa (don’t judge, it’s just the two of us) having a small table in the kitchen will be a bit better when we have people visiting.
Again it’s nothing majorly exciting but it works and who knows how long we’ll actually be living here. The situation isn’t ideal as we have to do things to the apartment to make it work for us but on the other hand, we don’t want to spend time and money on things we’ll only have to remove again in the (hopefully) near future.
Do you have any kitchen storage tips? Have you ever lived somewhere temporary – what did you do to make it feel like home?