Functional kitchen the key
What looks good might not age well
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.