meharding Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 1:10am
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My husband and I just downsized from a large home to a 3-bedroom apartment. I had gobs of cabinet space in my kitchen but the apartment is lacking. I am learning to take full advantage of verticle space. I had an idea about using the ~ 18 inch space between the top of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling by buying wicker baskets and putting the pans in those. There would, of course, be problems with dust, etc with that idea. Do any of you have idea(s) that would be functional but attractive (not sterilite plastic) for storage above the cabinets?

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MadMillie Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 1:35am
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Make covers for the baskets, something like a shower cap but use a pretty fabric. Or you could just use velcro to attach a piece of fabric to the basket. Don't know if that makes since.

meharding Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 1:47am
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Oh, yes! I do see what you mean. I hadn't thought of that. They could also be washed, which would be nice. Thanks for the idea. Now to find a good source for baskets cheap...lol

tbkimber Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 1:50am
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You might try Michael's Craft Stores. They usually have baskets on sale in their ads.

DeniseNH Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 3:19am
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Try yardsales. I see a ton of baskets at each and they go for pennies.

meharding Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 11:38am
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Thanks I will check out both. You guys rock!

MadMillie Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 12:27pm
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I would definitely use Micheals, Hobby Lobby and Joann coupons and get your baskets 40% off. If you want something really sturdy, but pricey, try the Tribeca baskets from the container store. They do have one that has a lid. Sometimes you can find them at Micheals.

arlenej Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 12:38pm
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There're no Micheals, Hobby Lobby orJoann 's where I live so I'd suggest just attach a strip of wood above the cupboards and hang a horizontal door. You can use those hinges that let your doors stay-open until you're ready to close them.

DianeLM Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 2:02pm
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Can you make use of one of the bedrooms? Maybe a small cabinet or shelf unit.

I have cake pans in virtually every room of my house! icon_smile.gif

jgifford Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 2:13pm
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Can you make use of one of the bedrooms? Maybe a small cabinet or shelf unit.

I have cake pans in virtually every room of my house! icon_smile.gif




When I decided to actually start my business, I had to do a beginning inventory. icon_eek.gif I couldn't believe how much cake stuff I had and it was in every room except the bathroom! I even had pans in those rolling racks under the beds.

meharding Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 5:01pm

Thanks everyone. I think all very good ideas! Hadn't thought about the "under the bed" containers either. That would make it easier for a short peson like me. icon_biggrin.gif

DianeLM Posted 27 Apr 2012 , 5:21pm
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Thanks everyone. I think all very good ideas! Hadn't thought about the "under the bed" containers either. That would make it easier for a short peson like me. icon_biggrin.gif




I'm also short, so the thought of having to climb the counter whenever a cake pan was needed, sounded awful.

One of the ways I store my large pans is in large plastic containers like this http://www.blogcdn.com/www.diylife.com/media/2010/07/plstic-bin-590.jpg except I don't use the lid because the pans extend past the top of the container. Instead, I top it with another container the same size. This keeps the pans relatively dust-free but I wash before use anyway.

Keep in mind that when you cook on the stove, grease rises and settles on the tops of the cabinets. If you're planning to store anything up there, make sure it's something that can be washed or stored in something that can be washed.

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