Make use of magnets.
It’s amazing how something so small can make such a difference to everyday tasks such as cooking. For example, a magnetic knife rack saves you valuable time finding and putting away knives and metal utensils and a magnetic noticeboard makes it simple to pop up urgent bills, shopping lists and notes. You can even put magnets on things like bottle openers and pasta dryers to keep your workspace clear and free up space.
Build storage around appliances.
To make emptying the dishwasher easier, place all your drawers and cupboard for plates, pans and cutlery right next door, along with the bin. To make cooking easier, locate food storage areas next to preparation areas, and pans and utensils next to the stove.
Every item in your kitchen should be earning its place by doing more than one job. Take the kitchen island for example. This shouldn’t just be a worktop space or a seating area – it should be both and also incorporate lots of storage space.
Divide and conquer
Save time rummaging through large drawers packed with different items by installing drawer dividers. This keeps everything in its place, makes it all easy to find and helps you utilise every last inch of storage space.
Hang it up
You can free up lots of storage space and have all of those essentials within easy reach by making use of hanging storage – in the form of racks, rails and hooks. This is particularly handy with pans and utensils around the stove. Need a pan? Just grab and use, no need to rummage about in a drawer.
Put it on wheels
If you want a more flexible space or simply want to be able to shove items out of sight when you’re not using them, consider putting wheels on butcher’s blocks, small islands and storage units.
Pull-out storage makes great use of the space
If you have a tight kitchen or just want to fit more in, try pull-out pantries and drawers.
Consider open storage
Just like with hanging storage, open shelves and boxes put everything you need within easy reach. It’s easy to access and easy to put away.
Use the sides of cupboards.
Desperate for more storage space? Make use of a wasted surface – the sides of cupboards and units. These often face onto a worktop, making them very handy for hanging utensils and spice racks. Whatever clever tricks and gadgets you use to improve your kitchen design, it’s crucial to ensure you get every element professionally fitted. If it doesn’t fit, it won’t work for you and your family.
Consult the experts at A&J Kitchens to chat about your plans.