When it comes to your kitchen, storage is an important thing to consider. Since the kitchen is used for preparing and cooking means, you’ll need to find storage for a range of different things from food to plates to cutlery.
In order to get the most out of your kitchen, it’s important to ensure that the layout is cleverly planned out, and it’s also important that there is effective storage available. When you are remodelling your kitchen, you’ll need to think about how to get the storage right.
Below is a list of things that you’ll need to consider when thinking about storage for your new kitchen.
Work Out What You Need First
Before you start to plan out your storage, it’s important to think about how you need to use the kitchen and what you need to get from it. The amount of storage you need will depend greatly on the person or the family who will be using the space.
Think about whether or not you cook a lot. Do you need a lot of ingredients, such as spices and herbs? Also, consider how many people are in your family, as this will determine how much food is needed to be stored. Consider all these things and how you can accommodate these within your kitchen space.
Think about what is really important to you. Do you need a large amount of storage for your needs? Do you want to put things away instead of keeping them left out on the worktop? With these things in mind, focus on how you can use the available space correctly to create the right amount of storage.
It is important when designing a new kitchen that you think about everything you need and want. The needs will have to come first. Take a look at what you have currently and consider what you may need to include for the future.
Be Realistic With Your Vision
Fitting a lot of storage in your kitchen is a sensible goal. However, you need to be wary not to overcrowd the available space. For example, a kitchen island may be attractive to many homeowners, but not everyone will have the right amount of space in their kitchen to accommodate one.
Think about how you will move around the room, and be realistic about what will fit into the space. If you are planning on spending a lot of money on a new kitchen, you don’t want to end up with a design that you can’t move around in or that looks too overcrowded.
Calculate Your Space
All kitchens are different, and everyone will have different needs when it comes to kitchen storage solutions. However, every kitchen needs to have a certain amount of storage. It’s a good idea to consider a range of storage solution options, including various sizes of drawers and cupboards.
Keep the long term in mind when designing your kitchen. Your family may grow as time goes on, so it’s smart to consider the future when considering the amount of storage you’ll need. Be sure to allow enough storage space for everyone. Ideally, you’ll want to allow around two cupboards for each adult and then one each for everyone else in the home.
Don’t Forget The Drawers
Drawers are a lot easier to use than cupboards since cupboards can often be hard to access and may easily become cluttered. When you open a drawer, everything is right there in front of you, so you don’t have to fumble around on your tip toes or on your hands and knees trying to reach the items that are right at the back.
Good drawers can take a lot of weight. You want to ensure they have good, strong runners so that they can support the weight of the items inside and don’t become stuck or lodged. Think about convenience. It may be worth considering installing some drawers close to your dishwasher so you can unload things straight into the drawers.
If you’re not a fan of the appearance of drawers, consider concealing them within cupboard doors. This will provide a nice uniform look to your kitchen. When planning each drawer, consider what you will store in each one. It’s important to think about the size of things so that you can plan the appropriate sizes for the length and depth of the drawers.
Integrate The Bin
It’s important to consider storage for rubbish. Built-in bins are convenient and much cleaner and more attractive options when compared to stand-alone bins. Some people may require more space for bins than others. If you have a large family, you’re likely to need more space for bins as you don’t want to find yourself taking the rubbish out every hour.
When designing your dream kitchen, including a dedicated cupboard for rubbish and recycling bins. Alternatively, you can use dead space in the kitchen to incorporate a storage solution for your bins.
It’s smart to install your bins under the sink as this is often dead space that’s not that easy to access or use for anything else. You may also want to consider fitting corner mechanisms for your rubbish storage as these may also be difficult to use for anything else.
Think About Shelves
Adding a few open shelves in your kitchen can help to boost the storage space, but this can also help to soften the appearance of a kitchen that is heavily kitted out with drawers and cupboards.
A few shelves can be nice in a kitchen, even if they’re only used for displaying a few decorative items or some good-looking pieces of cookware. However, it’s important to remember that shelves don’t make very efficient use of space as you can’t fit as much on them as you could in a drawer or cupboard and filling them too much may make your kitchen look messy. If you have a small kitchen, it may be best to avoid shelves altogether in favour of drawers or cupboards.
Items stored on open shelves must be cleaned often as grease and grime from cooking will often stick to things like this. A decent extractor fan should help with this. However, you will still need to keep on top of dusting the items on the shelves to prevent things from looking dirty or messy.
Store Your Smaller Appliances
Most people prefer the appearance of worktops that are completely clear of clutter. In modern kitchens, clear worktops are a very popular feature. This is why considering storage for your small appliances can come in handy. Things such as toasters and food mixers that may ordinarily be on kitchen worktops can be stored away in cupboards instead. Although you’ll have to lift them out whenever you want to use them, the clear worktop for the remainder of the time can make this worth it.
If you have enough space for storage in your kitchen, it’s definitely worth factoring in some storage solutions for the small appliances and gadgets that you don’t use that often. Similarly, if you have any awkward or dead space in the kitchen, you may use this for small appliances or gadgets if the space isn’t being used for anything else.