At Mike Hughes Fitted Interiors, we’ve been designing and installing kitchens for over 30 years and so we know what it takes to make a great space, and one thing we can say with confidence is that storage is absolutely key to the success of any kitchen. We’ve all been there when you have to empty the whole shelf out just to find the one thing you were looking for, and the less intelligently designed storage you have the more often you’ll have to deal with this kind of inconvenience.
But successful storage isn’t just about quantity, it’s also about quality. You will need to think about the layout of your kitchen and how you organise your storage to make sure it works perfectly for you and how you use your space. Furthermore, kitchens aren’t just a practical space for cooking, we often share our kitchens with friends and family and so it’s equally important to choose storage that will complement the look and feel of your design. To give you some inspiration, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the types of storage you will want to consider including in your space.
Why is it that the one thing we need always seems to be at the back of the shelf? Needless to say, having to rummage through cupboards slows down your cooking, and is quite frankly annoying. But in a well-designed kitchen, this isn’t something you should have to put up with. Drawers are a great way to make the back of your units accessible and with added strength, durability and depth they can be great for storing even heavy items like pots and pans. Drawers can be introduced as an internal design within taller cabinets or as pull-out systems and are a brilliantly smart way to organise your space. Adding plenty of cleverly placed drawers to your new kitchen will undoubtedly help put the joy back into your cooking.
Clever Internal Designs
Keeping your storage organised is really important. You can have the most cupboards and drawers in the world but if they’re just a huge jumble of bits and bobs you’ll never be able to find what you’re looking for. At Mike Hughes Fitted Interiors, we work with manufacturers that supply a range of fantastic internal accessories to help keep your units organised.
Zone Your Storage
As we mentioned before, when it comes to storage it’s not necessarily a case of quantity over quality and a new technique that takes inspiration from the rule of the golden triangle is kitchen zoning. This helps to establish areas in your kitchen that are ideal for certain tasks, from making a cup of tea to preparing food or washing up. Achieving this effect is all about how you use your storage, think about putting your cups, teabags and cutlery in drawers and cupboards near your kettle or store pots, pans and utensils near the hob. This will make the way you use your storage much more efficient and practical.
More is More
Though quantity certainly isn’t the only thing to think about, it is of course important that you do have enough space. Pantry cupboards have been really popular over the last few years and it’s easy to see why. With smart internal organisation, they offer lots of room for storing ingredients and they look incredibly stylish too.
Full Height Units
Similar to pantry cupboards in terms of their impressive storage capacity, full-height units are ideal for more modern kitchens. A full wall to wall stretch of units is a popular contemporary choice for a more minimal design and can cleverly be used to hide small appliances. You can integrate internal drawers or pull-out systems to improve their functionality. Their clean and sleek finish looks truly stunning in a bright and open space.
Fusing Style & Practicality
Kitchens are the focal point of our home and are often a hub for entertaining and relaxing and so it’s not just the practicality of your kitchen that’s important, you will also want to create a stylish and inviting environment for you and your guests to enjoy. Open shelving is a wonderful way to introduce personality and character to your kitchen, it serves as convenient storage whilst also providing a wonderful space for you to display your favourite crockery, glassware or ornaments. Too much overhead cabinetry can make a kitchen feel claustrophobic, and so adding some open shelving will help give a more spacious and airy feel.
For those who love the elegant and refined looks of the traditional kitchen, classic glass-fronted cupboards are a great choice. They will introduce character and brightness to your design in a similar way to open shelving but are perhaps better suited to you if you dread the thought of clutter and prefer a more formal style.
Make the Most of Island Life
Kitchen islands are incredibly popular with our clients and are simply a must-have feature if you have the space. They bring additional worktop space as well as storage and make a beautiful stylish statement with their striking presence. Located at the centre of the room, we often find that islands make an ideal place for serving up, and so adding crockery and cutlery drawers to your kitchen island can bring wonderful practical benefits.
A gorgeous statement in themselves, you can add further detail and sophistication to your kitchen island with a handy and stylish display alcove. An island alcove is a perfect spot for storing cookery books as well as showing off your favourite ornaments. Add integrated lighting to create a real wow factor.
Kitchen islands create a clear focal point to your room which, as guests love to be in on the action, establishes a natural spot for visitors to gather. Adding a glamorous wine cooler to your island is sure to impress your guests and means that not only do you have more fridge space (particularly handy on special occasions), but your guests can help themselves to drinks without getting in the way of the cooking.
Storage is an important part of any kitchen, and at Mike Hughes Fitted Interiors we have lots of solutions to suit you and your space. We are experts in designing beautiful bespoke kitchens that are both practical and stylish and if you’d like to know more about anything you’ve read in this blog or you have a project you’d like to discuss, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team. You can either call us on 01229 871122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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