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The Need for More Storage – guidance as to storage accessories available when designing and planning a kitchen



KITCHEN
DESIGN


The
Need for More Storage

kitchen design
As
more and more activities are centred on the kitchen besides the
preparation of meals the need to make the most of the space has driven a
revolution in design resulting in the wholesale replacement of cupboards
below the worktop with drawer units.

Many
families now use the kitchen as a surrogate office where the household
bills and administration are dealt with, even a place for a home-based
business.

Don’t
forget to include letter storage and paper drawers.

Make
the most of your available space including plinths and ceiling height.
Have either a base unit plinth drawer or create a space for heater or
fold-away ladder – important when you intend to use the space up to the
ceiling.

Double
stack wall units so no gaps are left above cupboards.

Sides
of base units may be used for pull-out bottle racks and shallow open
shelf-storage for glasses.

A
good idea is to have a pull-out wire basket for fruit and veg in a corner
where it is cooler i.e. away from appliances.

Drawers
which are wide and deep and built to take a weight of 60kgs are ideal for
pots and pans.

The
Magic Corner with its pull-out swivel action allows you to make use of the
‘dead space’ in the corner. Ask for a demonstration – it’s
difficult to explain the beauty and shear inventiveness of this
development.

Have
a look at child-proof lockable baskets for detergents, cleaners,
firelighters, caustic soda and bleach.

There
are a multiplicity of pull-out trays and bins to choose from.

There
is even a pull-out larder unit for a tall cupboard.

Magic Corner

For
those who have sufficient room mobile trolley units may appeal as they
provide addition work-top space, shelves, built-in baskets and drawers.

kitchen carouselA
carousel – a half moon rotary shelf – for corner cupboards may contain
rotating baskets, racks for knives, bottle or plates.

Work
surfaces are available 750mm deep instead of the standard 600mm which
allows for additional space at the back for storage.

To
hang up garlic, for example, or cutlery fix baskets to stainless steel
rails making full use of wall space

The
above ideas just indicate the range of storage options available. Make a
list of all the major items you are going to need in your kitchen and then
ask your kitchen designer to go through the options, showing you pictures
or demonstrating the storage solution in the showroom. This preparatory
work is always worth the effort.