It’s not hard for your kitchen to become cluttered with appliances, tableware and various bits and bobs – that’s why it’s important to prioritise planning your storage solutions when designing your new kitchen. Taking the time to consider the best design and figuring out how much storage space you’ll need will make it a lot easier for you to maintain a neat and tidy kitchen in the long run. Here are just some of the kitchen storage tips we have put together to help you work out what might work best for you in your new space.
Do: Your new kitchen needs a pantry
Food should be stored in one of two places: either in the fridge or in a pantry. Creating space for a pantry in your new kitchen is a great way to free up your cabinet space, giving you extra room to store your glassware, crockery and mugs. Storing all of your food essentials in one place is brilliant when you want that extra inspiration for tonight’s dinner, and saves you time rummaging around the kitchen for those illusive ingredients. Being able to see what’s on the shelves means there less chance of you stocking up on things you already have when you’re next at the supermarket. There’s a number of ways to fit a pantry into a kitchen design and it’s often a great way to make use of an awkward space in the corner.
It’s also helpful to dispense certain foods into glass containers so that you can organise your space in a systematic way, so your pantry will stay neat and always be organised. This is a great option for flour, cereal, sugar, coffee, biscuits, dried pasta, coffee pods, herbs, oats and any other non-perishable goods. Everything else can go in the fridge!
Don’t: Worktops aren’t ‘storage’
Your new worktops are meant to be seen and used, not hidden under lots of utensils so it’s worth designing in storage to help keep the worktop as clear as possible. You might think that having all of your appliances on your worktops is a convenient option, but it often leads to your kitchen looking cluttered and messy. Another top tip is to move any appliances and items that you don’t use on a daily basis into one of your cabinets. Choosing deeper pullout draws with built-in utensil trays is a great way to keep them out of sight, but always within easy reach.
During the design stage, it is helpful to consider these aspects as you may need to re-configure your current kitchen layout to accommodate additional cabinet space to store your smoothie makers, air fryer, waffle maker, mixers or any other appliances you use occasionally.
Do: Have a clear out
They say the best time to have a clear out is before a renovation, and it couldn’t be more true. It’s easy for stuff to build up in your kitchen which can get pushed to the back of cabinets, so it often looks like you have a lot more stuff than you need and actually use.
This is why clearing out your kitchen before embarking on your renovation is a vital step as it gives you the chance to evaluate what you really need and what space you will need to account for in your new kitchen. If you find that there are a lot of things in your current kitchen that you don’t use, you may only need half of the storage you initially anticipated. This will make the design process a lot easier as you can be sure the space you have created will cater to all of your needs.
Don’t: Avoid the trends
It’s easy to get sucked into scrolling through inspirational kitchen images on Pinterest, and it can be easy to fall for the trends, but they won’t necessarily fulfil all of your expectations and needs. The key to creating your perfect bespoke kitchen is striking the right balance between style and performance. It’s important to focus on how your kitchen will function more than how it looks in the initial design stages. This will help you implement the perfect storage solutions, without getting too distracted by cabinet colours and worktop materials.
A large part of how your kitchen looks is dependent on how it is built and organised, so making these aspects a priority will make it much easier to achieve the overall aesthetic you want!
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These are just a few of the top kitchen storage do’s and don’ts you should consider when designing your new kitchen. So, if you’re looking for a neat and tidy kitchen, these tips will help you create a kitchen that is not only stylish, but functional too.
Contact us at Kitchens Complete to discuss how we can help you bring your dream kitchen to life. We will be there to support you through every step of the project, from initial design all the way through to the final installation. This means that your dream bespoke kitchen will not only wow guests, but will deliver on functionality and quality – maximising on storage, workspace and delivering a kitchen that will look like new for years to come.
If any of these storage tips sound like something you would like to include in your new bespoke Derbyshire kitchen, make sure to visit our showroom in Mickleover, book a free design consultation today or call us on 01332 229223.