Maximise storage and bring a sense of order to your kitchen with these smart designs
There are so many demands on the modern kitchen – it’s not just a space for cooking, but also for dining, entertaining, relaxing and family life. And regardless of size, well-considered storage keeps the space clutter free and easy to use. Before embarking on a kitchen project, take stock of your kitchen possessions so you know how much you need to store. The ‘where’ is just as important as the ‘what’ and a good designer will devise a layout that puts the necessary storage in all the right places. A pantry or larder should be close to your fridge and freezer for instance, making it quick and easy to unload groceries. It is usually a good idea to keep storage for glasses and frequently accessed items away from the main cooking area so as not to interupt the cook.
Hide and seek
Increasing in popularity are vast sliding doors that hide whole kitchens. Much like a walk-in wardrobe, these generous banks of storage are fitted with shelves, hangers and internal drawers, so that everything is well organised as well as being in one place. Pedini System Collection (above), kitchens from £25,000.
Good internal storage systems are key to maximising cupboard space. The Space Corner Drawer from Blum (above) is the perfect solution to clashing corner unit drawers. Blum fittings are stocked by most good kitchen suppliers.
Dressed to impress
This tall wall of storage offers a modern take on a traditional dresser. The Original Handpainted kitchen from Smallbone of Devizes costs from £40,000.
There’s a huge trend for kitchens to include a big, larder-style cupboard, which conceals an impressive combination of shelves, cupboards and drawers. It could hold all your cooking ingredients and perhaps a pastry slab, or instead house bread, a kettle, toaster, coffee maker, and so on. It’s useful to have a couple of sockets, giving you extra prep space. Bulthaup’s b2 Kitchen Tool cabinet, from £6,000, provides space for all the chef’s equipment.
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On the pull
A pull-out corner carousel unit, from £1,171, makes it easy to access items stored at the very back of a corner cupboard. From the Windsor kitchen range, John Lewis.
On the shelf
Allocate storage around the main workstations. Spices and utensils should go near the cooker, and crockery and pans close to the sink and dishwasher. The Modena plate rack, crafted in solid walnut with chrome brackets and bevelled detailing, is both a stylish and practical option. From £2,500, McCarron & Co.