When creating your dream kitchen, style and storage are your two main concerns, which is why we always advise you to think about what type of storage solutions you require. For example, if you have a smaller kitchen, consider solutions such as our Kessböhmer carousel, allowing you to access even the smallest corners of your kitchen. There are a host of other reasons why you will need to consider storage, such as where to place your microwave – do you integrate the microwave into your units, or do you have enough room on the work surface? By taking all of this into consideration, you can design the perfect kitchen that exudes elegance while remaining functional.
As one of the leading experts in kitchens in Milton Keynes, we have designed a handy guide on organising kitchen cupboards as well as arranging appliances and smart storage solutions.
Our Guide On Organising Kitchen Cupboards
Organising your kitchen cupboards can ensure that your space feels clutter-free which is ideal for both large and smaller kitchens. Designing a kitchen that has storage for pots and pans or even luxury features such as the Neff warming drawers can ensure that your kitchen incorporates your favourite style and products while ensuring that you have the perfect functional space to maintain order. As specialists in kitchen installations in Milton Keynes, we have a host of ideas and solutions for organising kitchen cupboards.
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Designing a smart system and organising kitchen cupboards seem like an easy task, but how many times have you gone to reach for your bag of rice to find it either in the wrong place, shoved into a small space or spilt all over the cupboard? Luckily, there are many solutions that can help you to keep your cupboards organised, such as the following:
1. Pull Out Cupboards & Larder
Even if you have a small kitchen, a pull-out larder or cupboard is the perfect way to increase your storage while also helping you to maintain organisation. For example, you can put tins, spices, wine bottles and much more in these storage solutions while also designing a flush and contemporary-style kitchen. When designing your kitchen with our team, you can choose from a stunning range of pull-out drawers, larders and cupboards, including our collection of Blum Space Towers. If you decide to incorporate one of these storage solutions into your kitchen design, then we highly recommend taking a look at You Magazine for tips on how to organise your larder.
2. Use Boxes & Containers
By far one of our favourite ways to maintain a well-organised kitchen cupboard is to introduce boxes and containers. This is a great way to store goods such as pasta, rice, flour, cereal and much more, keeping the food fresh while also designing an aesthetically pleasing storage solution. You can find tons of boxes and food containers online or in stores such as The Range in multiple sizes, shapes and designs, helping you to find the perfect storage while also maintaining your style.
After purchasing your containers, we love the idea of labelling your boxes. This is also handy for those with a pull-out drawer, as instead of bending down to find your items, you can easily locate your food via the label. Label makers are a great option, or you can even find containers online that have customisable labels or ones you can write on.
3. Create Sections For Food Types
There will be many different types of food and items in your cupboards, and by organising them in terms of food types, it can make it a lot easier for you to find the products that you need. Below are the groups you should place in the cupboard together:
- Dry Ingredients & Tinned Food – such as pasta, lentils, rice, soup, and beans.
- Breakfast – such as cereals, cereal bars and packet pastries.
- Teas & Coffee – also consider placing biscuits in this section.
- Spices – preferably in small spice jars.
If you have enough room for a pantry, this is a great way to increase your storage, and it can be installed in various places. For example, you can place your pantry under stairs to utilise wasted space or separate your utility rooms to cater to a new pantry and utility area. As well as your kitchen, our team can also help you design and install a bespoke and stunning pantry to match your requirements, so please feel free to call them to start bringing your dream pantry to life.
4. Follow Your Kitchen Design
A popular choice for pantry designs is to follow the same aesthetic and design as the main kitchen. This means following colour schemes and the style of units and shelving for a coherent and elegant piece. Having a stylish pantry is also beneficial for those where the pantry is on show rather than hidden behind a door, as this will ensure that your space looks aesthetically pleasing and well organised. We highly recommend taking a look at House Beautiful for some pantry design ideas and inspiration. You are also always more than welcome to contact our team or visit our showroom to see how you can transform your space with a host of solutions.
5. Utilise Shelving
As pantries are used to store your food and other products, it is important to make sure that you have ample storage, and one of the most commonly used ideas is shelving. You can use the shelving to store multiple items, and by ensuring that the materials and products you use are of the highest quality, you can be confident that your shelves are built to last and can withstand various weights.
When stacking your shelves, make sure that you place heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top, as well as placing most used items in easy-to-grab areas for convenience. Much like discussed previously, using food containers and boxes is a great way to ensure that your food stays fresh, organised and looks aesthetically pleasing.
There are many things that you will need to think about when it comes to appliances, from how often they are used to where they’re going to fit in your kitchen. For example, having your cups located above the counter at the opposite end of the kitchen to the kettle can make brewing a cup of tea a task. For this reason, it is important to think about where you are going to place your appliances when thinking about your kitchen design. This is because storage and built-in elements can be incorporated into the design to make your cooking experience as stress-free as possible. So, whether you have just had your kitchen installation in Milton Keynes fitted by our team or would like to think about the many ways you can design your new kitchen, why not consider these tips when it comes to appliances?
6. Group Your Appliances By Use
To make cooking after a long day of work an easy and simple task, it is best to group your appliances in terms of how you use them and how often you use them. For example, you should always have cutlery in an easily accessible place, whereas other appliances, such as serving bowls, can be kept lower down and tucked away.
Achieving the most functional kitchen space requires you to create zones. These zones are usually as follows:
- Food storage
- Food preparation
- Pots and pans
- Cleaning products and waste
- Cutlery and china
By dividing the kitchen into zones, it not only informs you of where to place the appliances but also helps you in the designing process to ensure that you have the correct storage for your larger items and smaller items. If possible, it is best to try and keep your food storage located away from any heat sources, such as the oven, as it can cause the food to go off. Instead, try placing oils and dried ingredients such as herbs near the cooking area, as it will allow you to easily access them when whipping up your favourite meals. For your pots and pans, always try having these in a location where you will be preparing your food.
7. Hide Away Hardly-Used Appliances
The biggest culprit for causing clutter in your kitchen are appliances that you hardly use yet take up a lot of space on your work surface. For example, appliances such as toastie makers, blenders and slow cookers, while they are used every now and then, they are not an essential appliance that gets used every day. These kinds of appliances will be taking up a considerable amount of room on your work surface, so are best placed out of sight. This is where planning your kitchen in terms of the types of appliances you have will be beneficial, as you can create the perfect storage space for hardly-used products.
We would highly recommend creating a space for these appliances within a deep storage system, much like your pots and pans, as it will allow you to store a range of products. This also allows you to easily and safely access your appliances, which is of the utmost importance when it comes to kitchen functionality.
8. Create Easy Access For Regularly Used Appliances
Much like you would hide away appliances that you do not regularly use, you should also think about where you are going to place appliances that you use on a day-to-day basis. This can even include things like your microwave and kettle, which are usually placed on your worktop.
However, if you have limited space on your worktop, then you could think about integrating a built-in microwave that is placed above the worktop to provide you with more room. Your kettle, on the other hand, should be placed near your cups as well as coffee and tea bags for easy access. This can easily be done with our team, as we not only design your kitchen, but we work with reputable fitters who can move power sockets to create a functional kitchen space depending on where you wish your appliances to be located.
Designing A Functional Kitchen
The design of your kitchen will impact how it functions, and the units and storage solutions that you choose will affect where your appliances and food can fit. This is why it is essential that you think about your storage when designing your new kitchen with our team. You can choose from a range of storage solutions for larger and smaller items, as well as organisers and built-in elements.
Our kitchen fitters in Milton Keynes have had years of experience in providing clients with a bespoke kitchen that has been tailored to their needs and requirements! They have the expertise to help you create a kitchen with the perfect appliances to match your style. For more kitchen storage ideas, check out our previous article. If you are looking to create a kitchen that functions well and looks stunning, please feel free to contact our team, or why not head over to our kitchen showroom in Milton Keynes?
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