The kitchen is the hub of the home and can easily become cluttered and untidy with everyday essentials, so it is crucial to explore the different storage solutions available to ensure a smooth cooking experience. Daniela Condo, Designer at Life Kitchens shares her storage tips and options to create a practical kitchen.
1. PRIORITISE POSITIONING
The positioning of storage determines how the kitchen functions. When going through the design process, it is important to think about the proximity of the storage from appliances. Strategically placing units to benefit the activity of different areas can lead to an easy workflow. Whether it is drawers for utensils directly under the stove or pots and pans stored next to the dishwasher, the placement of storage is a fundamental part of kitchen design.
2. FACTOR IN A PULL-OUT LARDER
Pull-out larders are a space-saving storage option that offers ample opportunity for storing food, appliances, utensils and more. The pull-out mechanism gives easy access and displays available food with ease, which can, in turn, minimize food waste. Designed to make life easier when gathering ingredients and accessories for a meal, the larder discretely blends in with the rest of the kitchen, giving a seamless finish.
3. BE SMART WITH SPACE
Traditional corner units can be notoriously difficult to access and store items in, but there are solutions available such as racks that slide along and out when the door is opened. This simple addition utilisesall available space and makes the kitchen more user-friendly. Pull-out cupboards are also highly efficient and perfect for tidying away herbs and condiments, whilst the pull-down option offers greater accessibility for those with high set cabinetry.
4. DRAWERS ARE ESSENTIAL
Drawers are an essential part of kitchen design. Providing multiple storage options, whether deep or shallow, the addition of drawers will bring ultimate versatility to the space. Deeper drawers are perfect for storing pots and pans, and the addition of shallow drawers layered on top is great for keeping cutlery, spatulas, corkscrews and more. There is also the option to add drawers inside a cabinet to offer additional storage possibilities.
5. OPT FOR A MULTI-FUNCTIONAL ISLAND
If space isn’t an issue, a kitchen island is a practical way to get more out of your kitchen. Entirely functional, islands can offer alternative storage opportunities. The ends can be designed to store and display cookbooks whilst the drawers and cabinetry can make the body of the island. Alternatively, a freestanding island is a compact solution that offers both storage and flexibility in the space.
Life Kitchens, life-kitchens.co.uk