Many of us don't have the luxury of a large designer kitchen to effortlessly turn out the most impressive of culinary delights. In fact, if you have inherited an original old home in its original state, it's likely you have inherited a small kitchen too.
Adequate storage is not about having more storage; it’s about having efficient storage. When planning your dream kitchen you need to think about what kitchen storage you will need and where to install it. Think about how you use your kitchen and the different zones you require - then provide that information as a brief to your kitchen specialist.
Like with all problems, storage needs should be assessed and not assumed. Note that there is no one solution either, we all have different lifestyles, needs and budgets, but understanding the basics in kitchen workflows and ergonomics will help you to evaluate any real issues within the space and then you can create a resolution that will work for you.
Today, a functional kitchen is determined by the workflow - the proximity and sequence of the key work stations or zones make cooking a delight and easy for more than one chef. Once this has been determined in modern kitchen design, storage requirements are worked out by how you use the space, and this is different for each user. Essentially, items related to the specific task area should be placed within arm’s reach.
For instance, if you are right-handed, deep drawers to the right of your hob space are ideal for storing your pots and pans, and to the left, a spice drawer and pull-out for oils and sauces. Cooking utensils should also be close to hand, perhaps in a slim drawer or inner drawer above the pots. Lesser used items should be stored further away from the key task areas, your rice cooker or bread maker for instance.
Imagine using your kitchen effortlessly; what needs to be within reach at each station? In what direction do your tasks flow? So before you splash out on storage, first assess whether you are using the available space around the key task areas to store the related, frequently used items. Wipe the canvas clean if you have to and reorganise but start with a good edit and purge! We really don’t need half the things we collect in our kitchen. Be honest, six frying pans, 20 wooden spoons and a million plastic containers - really? Live simply, only keep what you really need and place the items you rarely use elsewhere. Decluttering is liberating!
Focus on the different zones of your kitchen and work from there. This Kitchen Inspiration Magazine will help you make your way through each section.
- Consumables Zone
- Store groceries, including fridge items and frozen edibles
- An ideal space for your pantry
- Focus on layers of easy to access storage
- Non-consumables Zone
- Dinnerware and cutlery
- Glass and serveware
- Containers and lids for food storage
- Cleaning Zone
- Keep cleaning products close to the sink and dishwasher
- Rubbish bins should also be kept in this area
- Preparation Zone
- Preparation implements for slicing, dicing, mashing and mixing
- Store mixing bowls, knives, boards and other preparation appliances
- Oils, spices and herbs should be stored within fit-for-purpose drawers
- Cooking Zone
- Keep your most-used cooking products, utensils and pots and pans around the stovetop and oven(s)
- Focus on below-the-waist drawers - a great place to store your baking essentials
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