Func­tional kitchen the key

What looks good might not age well

Whitsunday Times - - TIPS -

IF YOU’RE ren­o­vat­ing your kitchen based on looks alone, you’re only half­way there.

What looks good now might not wear well, or could stain eas­ily.

The key to a great kitchen is to start with func­tion­al­ity as that never goes out of style.

You can have a great-look­ing, stylish kitchen that’s a dream to cook in – it just takes a lit­tle at­ten­tion to de­tail.

Here are a few things to think about.

The per­fect pantry

Min­i­mal­ist kitchens tend to skimp on pantry space. Make room for a walk-in or get cre­ative with your or­gan­is­ing.

Nar­row shelves that store sin­gle items al­low you to stay on top of what you’ve got. Tai­lor your shelv­ing to suit the types of food you buy.

If nar­row shelves aren’t an op­tion, pull-out sys­tems and carousels al­low you to make the most of a deep pantry.

LED down­lights in­side the pantry will help you find what you’re look­ing for at a glance.

Stream­lined stor­age con­tain­ers that stack neatly will maxi- mise any space.

Keep­ing the pantry close to your prepa­ra­tion space makes it easy to col­lect and re­turn in­gre­di­ents when you’re cook­ing up a storm.

Con­ceal what you don’t want to see

Hav­ing a ded­i­cated space for ev­ery­thing means less clut­ter on the benches.

Look at what you use reg­u­larly (chop­ping boards, blen­ders, slow cookers) and think about where th­ese ap­pli­ances will sit when in use and where they will be stored.

An ap­pli­ance cup­board means the ket­tle and toaster can be kept out of sight while re­main­ing ready for use.

In­stalling a USB power point in the ap­pli­ance cup­board makes it easy to charge devices with­out tak­ing up bench space.


Draw­ers pro­vide more us­able space than cup­boards and can be­come the cor­ner­stone of your stor­age plan.

Cus­tom di­viders al­low you to have a top layer for items in fre­quent use, with a se­cond layer stored un­der­neath.

Use non-slip mats so break­ables, such as crock­ery, mugs and drink­ing glasses, don’t move around.

Choos­ing “soft-close’’ run­ners lets you close draw­ers ef­fort­lessly, and you can work in the kitchen with­out dis-

turb­ing the rest of the house.

Sort­ing waste and clean­ing

Good kitchen de­sign in­cludes a func­tional waste­dis­posal sys­tem – a con­cealed bin, built into a cup­board or drawer, is the most hy­gienic op­tion.

A dual sys­tem al­lows for two re­mov­able bins, with the se­cond one for re­cy­cling. If you compost, con­sider fac­tor­ing that into the same area.

Cup­boards gen­er­ally work best for un­der the sink. A pullout, stain­less-steel or­gan­iser keeps your clean­ing prod­ucts within easy reach.

The quest for a stylish kitchen doesn’t have to come at the cost of func­tion­al­ity. When you’re plan­ning a kitchen over­haul, spend a lit­tle time at­tend­ing to the de­tails to see cook­ing and clean­ing be­come the eas­i­est parts of your day.

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