Kitchens are the action hub of the house; they are the first place you go when you arrive through the door and the last place you leave when you head up to bed. So much goes on in a kitchen.
Storage ideas. Everything in a kitchen needs to be easily accessible. It is not like putting the Christmas Ornaments into the ceiling and forgetting them for a year. Whips, juicers, waffle makers and platters may only be used once a month, but they still need to be easy to find, easy to pull out and easy to put away.
When planning a Kitchen, begin with the big items, like plumbing and electrical. Once you know where your Appliances, stove and fridge are going to go, it’s time to sort out what you will need close by for each of those areas. Everyone uses their kitchen differently, so don’t be put off if your design is nothing like what friends have recommended.
Planning a kitchen takes a very long time, so give yourself the time you need to think about exactly what you need. Here are a few little ideas I found while looking for inspiration for our Kitchen remodeling, which I just had to share.
Planning Your Bench Space
If you enjoy baking and making cookies, you’ll need a lot more bench space than someone who eats out most nights. Do you need a toaster? If you don’t use your toaster every day, think about just using the grill. Do you drink tea every day? Do you really need a kettle out on the bench every day? Many people use their kettle far less than they think. If you drink tea every day, then a kettle is probably a great idea. But if you are like me, and tend to only have tea when I have guests, then a saucepan does just fine. And there is less clutter on the benchtop because of it.
Setting the Dinner Table
Most cooks will ask someone else to set the table while the final touches are being added to dinner. Children are often the first to be asked, helping their parents get ready for dinner. So, where are the dinner plates? Is it possible for someone to set the table without getting in the cook’s way. Is there easy access to water glasses, cutlery and placemats without reaching across the cook or going around the stove?
Think about easy access to dinnerware and cutlery away from the work zone so others can assist in setting the table or dishing up.
Planning the Cleaning Up
Likewise, as well as setting the table, it is important that the clean up be just as easy. Is there somewhere to bring dirty dishes and stake them up during a dinner party? Do you have a dishwasher or are you going to use a dish rack? Is there space at the sink for two people to stand and do the dishes? Can people put dishes away while someone is standing at the sink?
Storing Your Chopping Boards
Chopping boards are used every day for almost every meal. They are in and out of the cupboards at an alarming speed. Our chopping boards are used so often, there is always one sitting on the bench. Chopping boards need to be stored near the workspace, preferably someone light in a chopping board rack so they don’t become rank.
Draws vs Cupboards in the Kitchen
People like tall pull-out storage drawers as they store a lot and you can see everything.
There is no perfect solution for corners, but on one project we put a trash barrel in a corner with access from outside the building for removal.
Waterproofing Under the Kitchen Sink
I like a stainless pan under the sink so when it drips (it will at some point), the water is contained.
Coming home with the Grocery Shopping
Where are you going to put all those bags, on the floor?
Where do you hang Tea Towels
Does your oven have a big enough handle that you can hang a tea towel on it? Do you want to hang your tea towel on your oven? Getting hot items in and out of the oven quickly is really important. I have never been in a kitchen that didn’t have a tea towel close by.
Drying Your Hands while Cooking
Washing and drying your hands while cooking happens a lot. Is there somewhere you could hang a hand towel? If I can’t grab something quickly then I tend to just use my clothes.