Sinks are among the most essential features of every house. They can be considered one of the most often used facets and areas inside homes. To be specific, kitchens and bathrooms have them as their major element, and they are unquestionably necessary. Wherever placed, sinks are helpful and valuable. They may not be treated dearly by many homeowners, yet sinks are totally utilitarian. Not to mention, most of them have under-sink storage that makes them even more exceptional.
As its name implies, an under-sink storage is the area below the sink, which you can use to keep various objects that you particularly need for cleaning or housekeeping in general. Not all bathroom sinks have this, and if you want yours to have, you have to tell your custom home builders to build yours that way, or you have to buy a ready-to-install sink set with under-sink storage.
Meanwhile, most kitchen sinks have this kind of storage because you use a lot of things to prepare and cook food in it and to clean tableware, cookware and other kitchen stuff. More often than not, there’s a much bigger space in kitchens than in bathrooms as well, thus another reason why under-sink storage is more commonly installed in kitchens. Nonetheless, here, we will be talking about under-sink storage both in bathrooms and in kitchens!
Check out these 6 tips for an efficient under-storage sink! Some homeowners fail to use them properly, so to avoid being like them, or to correct your wrong choices too, read on, and take down notes.
1 – Add shelves.
If found below your sink is an empty area that seems quite hard to be considered a friendly storage, then add shelves to it. You may buy small stand-alone shelves or organizers and station them below the sink. Conversely, if you do not want a DIY under-sink storage, call your previously hired new home builders because more or less, they can customize those shelves for you.
2 – Fasten hooks on the cabinet doors.
Cabinet doors or existent under-sink storage will be more serviceable when you fasten hooks inside them. You may hang small and light items on those hooks, such as plastic bags, mini brushes and rubber bands. These are helpful for items you want to easily pick up and bring out of the closets.
3 – Affix a rod for trash bag rolls.
Trash bags are often needed, especially in the kitchen. You need to conveniently grab a trash bag whenever you have to replace the one wrapped around the trash can. For hassle-free reaching and getting, affix a sturdy rod in the under-sink storage, where you can place trash bag rolls in a way similar to tissue rolls. You just have to pull and tear off the piece of trash bag you need anytime. Furthermore, you may place more than one rod if you have more than one size of your often used plastic bags.
4 – Opt for stainless pull-out baskets.
Baskets are another great instrument for efficient under-sink storage. But instead of rattan baskets that will not perfectly suit the humid environment in the kitchen and in the bathroom, opt for stainless pull-out baskets.
Stainless options are fine even when they get a bit wet. They won’t absorb water, thus won’t get soaked and eventually rotten. Go for pull-out baskets because they are very comfortable, accessible and user-oriented. People of all ages can easily use them without issue.
5 – Set up lighting inside under-sink storage.
It’s naturally and obviously dark under the sink, thus the under-sink storage is hard to navigate without proper lighting. With that, set up lighting inside it. You may use small adhesive lights that are simple to operate. They are mostly battery-operated, so that no electrical wirings and sockets will be needed in a wet area like under the sink.
6 – Categorize items for convenience and safety.
Even when you have a nice and neat under-sink storage, the most important task to perform is categorizing all the items for convenience and safety. Keep everything in their proper place and classification. Label them to avoid confusion, misusage and hazards. In detail, arrange all things, so that you can conveniently get them when needed too. No need to take everything out just to find that one thing which you could have just labeled for easy search.
An under-sink storage is truly advantageous in multiple ways. You can save more spaces from other parts of the house if you know how to use and take care of your under-sink storage correctly. Maximize its capacity, and reap the benefits of convenience, cleanliness and coordination that await you and your home!
You do not have to search too far or too high for storage spaces that will make you feel light. Just glance below, and you will see your under-sink storage waving at you with a hint of delight!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Horizon Homes, a boutique home building and designing company in Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.