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From everyday cooking implements through to occasional use dinnerware and appliances, by their nature, kitchens are home to an eclectic mix of items. In addition, the functional implements, food goods, electrical devices, and decorative accessories also need housing, so it’s no wonder that storage is at a premium in this multi-functional room.
A carefully considered kitchen design will allow everyday items to be stored discreetly, yet also accessed quickly and easily. In this blog, We explore some of our favourite Davonport designs including streamlined surfaces and efficient kitchen storage ideas.
1. Location, location, location
A well-organised kitchen should be designed in functional zones. By creating separate areas for food preparation, dining, socialising etc, it enables storage to be considered for every single item and occasion.
In this Davonport Tillingham kitchen a curved cabinet, with lazy-Susan internals, stores the client’s occasional use dinner sets in easy reach of the dining table allowing easy access when entertaining.
2. A hardworking pantry
An appropriately planned pantry can store a remarkable amount of dried food goods and even cooking equipment. With various inner configurations, traditional-style shelving and drawers, items can be organised and accessed quickly and conveniently.
In recent times, designs incorporating mirrored internals, mood lighting and marble tops are also being used as drinks cabinets or home bars, creating a stunning focal point when hosting guests.
3. Breakfast cupboards
Stored behind elegantly handcrafted cabinet doors, breakfast cupboards help to balance the functional needs of a busy family kitchen with a clutter free and calm aesthetic.
You can incorporate a breakfast cupboard in almost any size kitchen as they can be designed in a range of sizes from a modest 700mm larder style cabinet, to a more substantial freestanding pantry.
Various internal layouts all add to the functionality of the cupboard. Made to measure shelves, reinforced drawers for cutlery or crockery, and baskets for bread and pastries allow everything to be in one place and easily accessible on a busy morning.
If the cupboard needs to house small appliances electrical sockets can be factored into the design, and pull-out trays also make appliances more accessible and help to protect the furniture from heat and steam.
4. Swap cupboards for drawers
Whilst base cupboards look more traditional, drawers provide ease of accessibility and can be designed to store heavier items such as pans or full sets of crockery. Lifting items directly out of deep drawers can be much easier than reaching to the back of cupboards, especially when utilised in low level cabinetry.
Cupboards still have their place, but in busy family kitchens drawers are more practical and just like cupboards, they can also be finished with attractive handles.
5. Mantel storage
Traditional style mantels are a good place for discrete storage solutions and make the most of what was once unused space. Herbs, spices and cooking oils can be housed in pull-out drawers or push to open cupboards that incorporate made to measure shelves, keeping the surface area around the oven clear and clutter free, while your ingredients are within arms’ reach.
6. A tall larder cupboard
Storage for dried food goods is essential and tall larder units provide capacity for all the essentials, as well as fresh bread and pastries. Designed with shelves at head height and with drawers below, they often include spice and condiment racks on the inside of the doors, for the ultimate storage destination in any kitchen.
These tried and tested storage solutions can be incorporated into almost any kitchen.
Ultimately, when it comes to bespoke kitchen design, no space is wasted and there is no such thing as too much storage. Wonky walls and quirky corners can be cleverly incorporated into the most stunning designs.
If you are considering taking the first steps on your bespoke kitchen journey, please contact us to arrange a design consultation with one of our expert designers.