The space under the kitchen sink is less utilized in many houses. Perhaps, you have been hassling here and there trying to place some gadgets right behind the kitchen door. Some of you have just remembered the existence of this unused space, and probably you are anxious to read this article. Of course, you are likely to learn something new about it. I have been visiting many friends’ houses and always see space kept empty. Maybe, some of you have never imagined of placing items underneath the sink simply because there is a drainage pipe leading to the main drain!
Did you know that the space under the kitchen sink can be used appropriately and make your small kitchen appear big? Let us look at the options on how you can make use of that space.
In this option, we shall discuss briefly the ways to utilize the space under the kitchen sink.
Create Storage Space
You can create a storage space underneath the kitchen sink as easy as you need it. It is a simple task that may not require a professional carpenter. With a few cardboards and 2-inch nails, you can make one or two shelves and a hinged door, and then put a few items such as mixers, flour containers, or packets of teabags. It will also be easy to access by just opening the door.
Put A Few Clear Bins
The vertical shaped space under your kitchen sink can be suitable for storing relatively large transparent bins in which you can put some sachets and small packets of spices. Since space is limited, the see-through bins allow easier selection of what you want. Also, you can place the cotton balls or sponges in the bins to allow enough space on the countertop.
Put Away Bottles from the Countertop
Some bottles containing washing products that are not used regularly can be placed under the countertop. Even other items that may not be affected by drops of water can be kept under the sink to allow more space on the countertop.
Put a Tension Rod
This awesome for hanging smaller bottles that are overcrowding in your kitchen cabinets. This is a suitable option to decongest your kitchen since those small items tend to follow when you are picking something behind. To avoid this frequent disappointment, clear the cabinets off the small items and hang them on the tension rod you just put under the kitchen sink.
Put the Serviettes Aside
If you have been thinking of placing the extra serviettes away from the cabinets, the space under the kitchen sink is ideal for that purpose. You can put them in a small cart, and then place it under the kitchen sink’s space.
Tuck Frequently Used Items
For instance, a spice rack containing items that are used frequently can be tucked under the kitchen sink space. These are usually small racks, and probably you can place at least two of them. You will also be decongesting the kitchen space.
The other option is installing a reverse osmosis system under the kitchen sink. This not only decongests your kitchen but also helps to supply clean and safe drinking water. For the installation process, you can seek a professional assistance if you are not sure on how to go about it. The tools required for the project include a 4-in-1 screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, and a knife. On the other, you will need two materials; a reverse osmosis filter system and a low-pressure tire gauge.
Reverse Osmosis System Installation Process
- Start by hanging the filter assembly on a side wall, at the back of the sink base, or on the basement near the sink. The filter assembly should be at a height specified in the installation manual. Ensure that both the cold and hot water shutoffs are turned off. Start installing the saddle or tee valve included with the filter.
- Check the color-coded water line and ensure it is above the countertop base such that it cannot be kinked. Secure the tubing (plastic tubing) to the water supply valve.
- Shorten both the waste and water supply lines to a faucet in order to get rid of additional tubing, however, do not cut the bigger waste line (black line). Now connect the lines to the fittings located on the faucet base. You can see the black waste lines are connecting through the faucet base in order to keep them above any feasible backups of the sink, though they have no link to the water supply.
- Secure the faucet to the kitchen sink, and then install the adapter of the drain line below the sink basket. You need to cut the waste drain line to allow flowing downhill without issues of loops. Push the line into the adapter.
- Set a storage tank in position, and then install the final water supply line. Use the manufacturer’s manual to sterilize and fill the system.