Depending on your kitchen, cookbooks can be one of the most frustrating things to organize. After all, most kitchens are designed to hold pots and pans and dishes and glassware — not a full library! Here are 10 kitchens that offer fresh inspiration for keeping your cookbooks close, in their own special spot.
It makes sense to keep them close to where you cook; it might feel silly to keep your cookbooks with all your other books in an office or living room. You want them close at hand for easy access when you're making a fabulous meal for friends and family.
Here are 10 ways to beautifully organize your cookbook collection in your kitchen.
1. Counter bookcases: If you have an island counter or even space on the short end of your L-shaped counter, build in a small bookshelf.
2. Unused spaces: When planning a kitchen remodel, don’t worry if you end up with a sliver of space that can easily be turned into a built-in bookshelf.
3. Floating shelves: Never underestimate the beauty of a simple solution like a single floating shelf above a window or your sink.
4. Metal storage rack: Echo your pantry storage with this mini metal storage rack. It’s perfect for cookbooks or small appliances.
5. Wall baskets: Mounting wire baskets on your wall is a great way to turn colorful or vintage cookbooks into decor. Just make sure they are well-anchored into a stud.
6. Wood file bins: Go office-chic by hanging a few deep file bins on your wall to store the cookbooks you use most often.
7. Sliding shelves: If you prefer to keep everything out of sight and out of mind, these sliding cookbook shelves will be the perfect addition to your kitchen.
8. Wire basket: Make your collection portable by storing them in a simple wire basket. You can stash them on a shelf, or bring them all to your table or counter when it’s time to do some serious meal planning.
9. Crown molding shelves: If you have room on your walls, create a gallery of your favorite cookbooks. We’re betting they’re all pretty enough to be considered works of art.
10. Storage drawer: The best use of space in a window seat or a breakfast nook bench is to build in some hidden drawers. Keep your cookbooks that you don’t use daily stashed in there.