The Under Cabinet Can Opener: A Space Saving Idea
Using an Under Cabinet Can Opener to Make the Most of Your Kitchen Workspace
Why would you need an under cabinet can opener?
If you work in the kitchen very much, you know how handy it is to have the tools you need right on hand. Not tucked away in a drawer or cabinet, but right where you need them. Unfortunately for many of us, this means leaving a lot of small appliances sitting around on the countertop. This reduces the available work space and doesn't always look as clean and organized as we would like.
So what's the answer to keep the tools you need on hand and yet keep counterspace available? Under cabinet appliances are certainly part of the solution. An under cabinet can opener can be a good start.
Installation and Care
When you purchase an under cabinet can opener, it will come with detailed instruction on how to mount the device. Generally speaking, you will identify the location where you want to hang it, making sure to avoid hanging it over a heat source, next to other appliances, and away from under cabinet lighting and the sink. Then you will use the provided template or mounting assembly to determine where to drill the holes. You can use a pencil to mark these spots.
Spacers are provided for those cabinets that have an overhang. Using your marks as a guide, holes are drilled, and the can opener can be mounted with screws.
Care of an under cabinet can opener is very basic. The front can be wiped off with a damp cloth. The blade assembly itself can be removed and be washed in soapy water by hand. Beyond this, on a day-to-day basis, these appliances are maintenance free.
Black and Decker SpaceMaker
Black and Decker offers the Spacemaker under cabinet can opener in three finishes; black, white, and black & stainless. This can opener has an auto shut off feature for safety and includes a built-in bag cutter, bottle opener, and knife sharpener making it a fantastic multi-purpose tool in the kitchen.
It has a sleek look with clean lines and offers a cord storage area for assuring an uncluttered look. It measures 7 1/2"W x 5" H x 6 7/8" D. It mounts under cabinets easily with the included screws.
Other Space Saving Devices for Your Kitchen
An under cabinet can opener is just one of many items that can be mounted under your cabinets in order to free up counterspace and even cabinets in a smaller kitchen. Under cabinet coffee makers are available as well. Certainly there are under cabinet paper towel holders and even spice racks as well.
For those who like to prepare small meals and snacks without having to heat up their oven, there are even a few under cabinet toaster ovens available. There are certainly microwave ovens that can be mounted over a stove or cooktop.