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Plan your Kitchen Storage

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Posted on October 7, 2016

Plan your Kitchen Storage for Effortless Living

12 ideas to maximise space in your kitchen, scullery and pantry.

Written by Carina Szabo, October 2016

Since the kitchen is the heart of every home, the hub of family life, it requires thoughtful planning and consideration to maximise the space and functionality of the most frequented room in the home being the kitchen. With this in mind, following the latest trends of clutter-less living, planning what goes inside your cabinets with attention to detail is as important as the selection of beautiful finishes including the cabinetry, counter tops, splash backs and lighting that provides the ambiance of the kitchen.

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There is a large variety of storage components and accessories available in the market place today that may enhance your time spent in the kitchen that are practical, functional and aesthetic. They key to storage in the kitchen, pantry and scullery is to effectively and efficiently make use of the available space by selecting the right storage accessories that will support effortless living and be rewarding in the long term.

  1. Power is essential in every kitchen.

The latest trend in kitchen design is to have a power docket installed on an island in the kitchen to charge cell phones and use appliances without the need for extension cables.

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  1. Many kitchens designed today have allowed for a TV to be installed in the kitchen. 
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TV’s can be housed in the kitchen against a wall, inside a cabinet or on a dropped unit as per the picture.

  1. Vary the sizes of the drawers, shelves and pull-outs to meet your individual storage needs.

Varying the size of your drawers – deeper drawers for pots and stack-able items and shallower drawers for pans, cutlery and cooking utensils – works too. Adjustable shelves allow for greater efficiency when organising items in your shelves and cabinets. Bear in mind that shelves sized for height will hold everything in place including serving platters, spices and trays. Pull-out drawers, grocery shelves and recyclable bins are useful to access space that is typically inaccessible.

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These cabinets are designed as shelves and deep drawers to accommodate individual needs.

  1. Pot and pan drawers

Ideally pot and pan drawers are positioned under the hob, deeper drawers are used for pots and shallower drawers are used for frying pans and cooking utensils.

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  1. Create a space to store your spices, ideally close to the hob and oven.
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In your design, allow for spice drawers or a spice rack close to the oven and hob.

  1. Use drawer dividers They are useful in cutlery, utensil, gadget and foil and wrap drawers.
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  1. Organise under the sink

Sink cabinets are always tricky because of the plumbing underneath. Speciality shelves are available that have a U-shaped cut out that goes around the plumbing and there are sink organisers that keep sink areas neat and tidy.

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  1. Install taller cabinetry if you have ceiling height.

Ideal to store items you use less often.

  1. Showcase cabinets by using glass doors, framed in wood or aluminium.
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  1. Appliances can be easily stored in drawers or cabinets designed with them in mind.
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  1. Wine bottles are best stored in wine racks or wine coolers.
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  1. Islands in your kitchen provides more storage space and work surfaces.
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In this particular case it is used to house the hob and oven. In other cases, it can be used for storage.

These are just a few ideas for you to consider when designing your own Kitchen on how to maximise your space yet in keeping with aesthetic appeal. Plan your kitchen storage for effortless living

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