If you’re in the process of designing a new kitchen, your priorities may have changed in the wake of COVID-19. You may now be looking at ways to lessen the burden of cleaning and washing up, or creating more storage space for bulk-bought goods. And some of these considerations could remain valid even as the world slowly returns to normal, even if it is a ‘new normal’.
Here are 4 post-COVID considerations you may want to build into your kitchen design:
1. More storage for dried goods
One lesson that the coronavirus crisis has taught many of us is that it’s super handy to have lots of cupboard and drawer space for storing dried goods. Buying in bulk can mean fewer trips to the shops and a steady supply of staples – whether or not you’re facing a global pandemic.
Pantry units have always been a popular choice, as long as you have the space. If not, deep drawers or ceiling-high cupboards could be a good option. You may not use all this extra storage, but it’s good to know – especially in the case of an emergency – that it’s there.
2. Easy cleaning
During the pandemic, many of us have been cooking and preparing meals more than ever before. This inevitably means more cleaning up, especially if you’re an ambitious cook who typically uses every pan and utensil in the kitchen.
When designing your kitchen, it’s important to think about functionality. Not only just how easy it will be to find everything you need for cooking, but how you’ll keep on top of the cleaning. Wipe-clean doors and low-maintenance laminate worktops can make life easier, as can integrated sinks and under-sink bins. You may even want to go high-tech with motion-activated taps and appliances.
3. Smarter appliances
It’s always a good idea to invest in great quality appliances that work reliably and last for a long time. This is even more important if you’re spending more time in the kitchen.
Anything that can save you time could be a wise choice. For example, an upgraded dishwasher, smart fridge that lets you know when items are running low or a smart oven with your favourite recipes programmed in.
4. More space for greenery
Many people turned to home gardening projects when lockdown began, partly because it was more difficult to access their usual shops. And those without gardens also found they appreciated their houseplants and indoor greenery more.
Creating more space for greenery in the kitchen could be a great idea post-COVID too. You might want to grow your own herbs on the windowsill, create a ‘living wall’ feature or pop some plants into an open shelving design.
Whatever exciting new ideas you embrace in your kitchen design, remember the golden rule – fitting is everything. Get in touch with A&J Kitchens for a quality, professional-standard finish.