Space-saving home innovation
Whether you live in a sprawling, suburban, four-bedroom abode or a 450-sq.-ft. urban apartment, there never seems to be enough space — particularly in the kitchen. And while we can’t get enough of all the energy- and money-saving culinary and household gadgets out there, the ones that fold up, stack up and collapse down are grabbing our attention for their space-saving capabilities.
Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus
Nest 9 Plus from Joseph Joseph takes stacking to a whole new other-worldly level. The set includes nine individual food preparation items that nest together for compact storage: five measuring cups, one small non-slip mixing bowl with measurements, one stainless-steel mesh sieve, one colander/strainer and one large non-slip mixing bowl. The measuring cups securely snap together and allow measurements from 1 teaspoon up to 1 cup. All pieces are dishwasher safe.
T-fal Avanté Deluxe Toaster
Raise your hand if you love a crisp, toasty slice of toast in the morning, but don’t have the counter space for those clunky toasters and toaster ovens. Enter the T-fal Avanté Deluxe Toaster, whose angled design takes up less space on countertops. Other innovative features include high-lift toast removal; safe cool-touch exterior; removal crumb tray; reheat and defrosting technologies; extra-wide, self-adjusting slots; seven customized toasting levels; and high-speed toasting.
Chef’n PrepStation Cutting Board
A cutting board where we can cut, carry and rinse? Sign us up, please. The PrepStation Cutting Board from Chef’n features a bamboo cutting board, a removable colander that expands for use and collapses, and a tray that slides in for storage. The company recommends hand washing the bamboo cutting board.
simplehuman flip-top dishrack
Without a dishwasher, your wet utensils and dishes need a safe place to dry. Scattering them around the kitchen countertop just doesn’t do it for us. Instead, try the simplehuman flip-top dishrack, which can adjust to hold different types of kitchenware. A compact top shelf adjusts to three positions for storage. Use the shelf for quick access to glasses, or flip it up to make room for pots and pans and to create space for a chopping board. The shelf can also be extended all the way out to hold more.
There’s always a few pieces of clothing that are just too delicate to take a turn in the dryer. And then the challenge commences: Where to hang those damp shirts and pants. The shower rod, your at-home pull-up bar, draped over the kitchen chairs? Or try this collapsible wall dryer, Line Dry-Ve, which pops open into a sturdy stand with a push on the catch. It extends out 4 ft., holds up to 50 lbs. and is sealed with corrosion-resistant materials to withstand tricky weather and heavy winds. Once your clothes are nice and dry, it collapses into a protective storage box in one push.
Black & Decker First Impressions Iron
What’s less fun than ironing? Finding a neat way to store the iron cord. Black & Decker’s First Impressions Cord Reel iron retracts the cord with the touch of a button. It also boasts an anti-drip feature, Auto Clean system and a Comfort Grip handle. And if your lack of space prevents the use of an ironing board, the iron also offers a selection of steaming options, including vertical steam.
black + blum lunch pot
black + blum has taken space-saving on the go with its microwave- and dishwasher-safe lunch pot, which includes two pots that feature a watertight locking seal, a spork and carry strap. And when you’re not carrying around your yogurt, salad and nuts, the smaller pot fits in the larger pot.