Design Dilemma: Maximizing Empty Kitchen Space by Ty Pennington

Design | Maximizing Empty Kitchen Space

This next design question is a great start to a creative new year. If you need some help maximizing empty space in your kitchen or dining area, keep reading.

I am hoping someone can give me a creative idea. I have double ovens. They have died. With 2 kids in college I really can’t afford to replace them both. If I put it a single oven is there a way to re-purpose the space left by the other oven without it looking tacky?

So many people have what I like to call “awkward” dead space or areas that are tough to decorate throughout the home, and the kitchen is no exception. And if you think about it, it’s also the room that requires the most storage space. From prep utensils to pots, pans and plates, everybody could use a little more storage in their cookhouse.

Design Dilemma: Maximizing Empty Kitchen Space by Ty Pennington

With that in mind, you could try to repurpose your space with some sturdy shelves. Use them to store cups, glasses or dishes that you use everyday. DIY customized shelves you are a great solution for pretty much any awkward kitchen space. All you have to do is cut boards to fit the space, attach shelving brackets to the bottoms and hang. And if you have colorful cups or patterned dishware, you’ll wind up creating a cool display to compliment your kitchen design.

Design Dilemma: Maximizing Empty Kitchen Space by Ty Pennington

Just keep in mind that the empty space around your kitchen appliances tends to be on the warmer side. In other words, avoid displaying your wine collection or anything heat sensitive.

How would you re-purpose this empty space? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

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Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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