Get more storage out of your kitchen with these smart ideas

Get more storage out of your kitchen with these smart ideas

Aah…how I would die for a clutter-free kitchen! It might seem like the unreachable dream, but these nifty storage ideas will help you on your path to orderly bliss. If your cupboards are struggling to contain all of your kitchenalia or you just love clever space-saving solutions, you need to add some of these smart ideas to your kitchen.

Optimize your pantry –Make the most out of your pantry space by organizing your groceries. Keep a rotation of kitchen pantry – cereals, dry goods and spices, so that you’re not adding clutter to your shelves with expired items.

storageConsider open shelves -Not only are open shelves a hot kitchen trend right now, but they also help to open a cramped space.

Maximize your existing storage -If budget is an issue, take a look at improving your existing space. Add dowel rods to your cabinets and shelves to create plate holders and add more storage space.

Clear food storage -Clear food containers are great for small spaces because they let you visually identify your dry goods quickly and easily, without having to rummage through cluttered or cramped cabinets. Putting a label on the container makes it all easier still.

Leave no space unused -Don’t forget to make use of even the smallest spaces to get the most out of your kitchen. A pull-out drawer under your sink, for example, is a handy way to store sponges and knickknacks that would otherwise take up valuable counter space.

Open up with light-colored kitchens -Use cool colors, like whites and grays, to open up your kitchen space.

Use vertical space -With smaller kitchens, cabinet and drawer space can be limited, so get smart with your vertical space. Pierced boards are great for hanging larger kitchen utensils that would otherwise crowd your drawer space. Additionally, glass-front mounted cabinet doors are a beautiful way to display your serving ware and to leverage wall space.

Super cabinet to the rescue -Pull-out drawers and racks allow you to pack all of your pantry items into one convenient location in a fraction of the space of a normal-sized pantry.

Small kitchen spaces can be tough to keep organized, but don’t let a cramped space get you down! These storage ideas will help you maximize your space and create a better kitchen.And finally…the trick really is to make the most of what you’ve got!

Everything you need to know about kitchen flooring

Everything you need to know about kitchen flooring

It’s easy to overlook the kitchen floor when you’re thinking about what units, appliances and added extras you’re going to have. But your choice of flooring can make or break your kitchen look. So, before you set your heart on solid wood or splash out on ceramic, here are some important points to consider.

Stone, Granite, slate and limestone are all popular choices. Granite screams luxury and glamor, it’s really robust and will last a long time with little maintenance. However, its high-end aesthetic is not to everyone’s taste, with some finding it a little too showy, despite its numerous practical merits. Slate and limestone then are other options for those who want to go with stone but want something a little more understated.

Stone flooring is not particularly kind under the feet for any dropped pots, pans and plates are unlikely to survive the fall unharmed. Granite can become slippery when wet, so is perhaps not the best choice for those with very young children and limestone if not sealed as needed can become prone to staining. Also, it can be particularly difficult and costly to repair a damaged stone tile.

Flooring
Hardwood
Nothing quite beats the charm and grace of real wood. Somehow it can seem both traditional and modern, suiting any kitchen. There’s a huge range of options, it’s warm underfoot, sustainable and long lasting.

However, it can scratch, crack and warp. Wood flooring can also not be installed with underfloor heating in severely cold countries, which could be a major turn-off of the material if that’s something you are planning to have in your new kitchen.
Engineered wood-Engineered wood flooring is made of a composite material. Timber boards are stuck with a plywood base and hardwood veneer with strong adhesives.

This type of flooring comes in uniform sizes, so is easier and faster to install. But simply put, it’s just not the real thing. While it can look fantastic in its own way it’s not entirely convincing compared to real hardwood flooring.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are the two most popular varieties commonly installed in kitchens. Both come in a wide range of styles and patterns so can suit just about any kitchen, whether you want a traditional white and black chessboard flooring or something more contemporary.

Porcelain tiles are a bit pricier than ceramic but are more long lasting. Both are hygienic, require next to no maintenance other than the occasional mop and easy to install.
The downside of going for tile is that it is cold underfoot and hard on the feet. Similar, to stone dropped plates, cups and glasses are unlikely to be left unbroken.

Concrete –Now, the idea of a polished concrete floor might just have you thinking about your local supermarket. But, polished concrete has become a super trendy flooring choice for chic modern kitchens. It’s relatively cheap, extremely hard wearing and can look absolutely stunning in the right environment. Perhaps the best thing with concrete is there’s no real maintenance to worry about, it actually gets tougher with age!

Its strength then is perhaps its only real weakness. It can be slippery so is not the best choice for those with young children and any dropped objects are likely to be damaged.
Choosing the perfect flooring for your new kitchen is really the icing on the cake that finishes the whole project off. However, it’s not always the easiest decision to make. It’s not just about aesthetics, you need to evaluate how robust your flooring needs to be — kitchen floors can be subject to muddy shoes, red wine spills and for the clumsier chefs out there occasionally being scorched by boiling pasta water. With the rundown given above, we ca stay rest assured that you’re well sorted, aren’t you? Happy homemaking!

U Shaped Kitchens – A Guide For Dummies!

U Shaped Kitchens – A Guide For Dummies!

The U-shaped kitchen is probably the most practical of kitchen layouts and can provide an additional run of potential storage or appliance space compared with a galley or L-shaped kitchen. U-shaped kitchens can work fine not only in large spaces, but can also fit perfectly well in small kitchens. Here’s a guide for dummies!

First, let’s know what a U-shaped kitchen is?

A u-shaped kitchen is a kitchen design that features three walls that are lined with cabinets and appliances. It is an efficient design that frees up floor space. Take a look at these images to identify with the design.

A u-shaped kitchen maximizes the wall space by using them for cabinets and appliances. Its u-shaped design makes it easy for chefs and homeowners to access various areas of the kitchen without needing to walk across the room. If the layout of the house does not allow three walls to be used for a u-shaped kitchen, an island can be installed to serve the same purpose.

U-shaped kitchens can be incorporated into many kitchen styles and the size of the kitchen is not really that important. When homeowners are designing their u-shaped kitchens, they should try to place their most used appliances or work areas into a single triangle of space. This will allow them to work more efficiently each time they are in their new kitchen.

U shaped kitchen

Let’s take a look at the pros & cons of the design
Generally, U-shaped kitchens provide lots of storage and work surface. They’re also very safe since they have only one entrance and no through traffic. This last point, however, also means that within small U-shaped layouts, there will be space for only one cook at a time.
It’s also worth noting that U-shaped layouts may come a little more expensive than others, such as galley or L-shaped designs, because they require more cabinetry and countertop material for the additional run of cabinets.
Here’s how you plan the layout
The cabinetry lengths on a U-shaped kitchen can be roughly the same or vary; in both cases, there’s opportunity for flexibility with the design. Where all walls are the same length, your starting point for planning usually depends on where the windows are located.
If one of the walls has a window, this usually should be where you place your kitchen sink. Not only will a window offer natural light for washing up, but you also get an opportunity to gaze out while doing dishes…depending on how your view is!
Know where to position the sink and cooktop
If the sink sits in the middle of a U-shaped layout, then your stove can be located on either of the other sides. However, if these two runs vary in length, the longer wall would usually house them both to allow more space on either side of it.

Meanwhile, if the sink is on a side other than the middle one, try to ensure a continuous flow of countertop and around the U. So if you were including tall cabinets, this would mean locating them together at the farthest end of the cabinetry. This deliberate spacing ensures that the counter isn’t interrupted and the kitchen’s functionality is unhampered.
Check out how you can maximize the shape’s efficiency
Whatever the size, a well-planned U-shaped kitchen design will ensure that only a limited number of steps are needed between cabinets and appliances. This makes the kitchen a much safer place during cooking, especially when other people are present.

In addition, having generous counter space and storage means everything’s within reach and easily tidied after use to maintain a clean and uncluttered look.

Incorporating corner storage is a must!
One of the great advantages of a U-shaped kitchen is that having three runs of cabinetry provides ample opportunity for storage. Having said that, the two corners in a typical U-shaped kitchen take up significant floor space. So to achieve an ergonomically sound design, it’s important to select a specialist kitchen corner solution that make use of the otherwise dead space within corner cabinets.
What do you like most about the U- shaped kitchen layout? Let us know or share your tips or photos in the comments section below.

 

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