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The Art of Organising: Maximising Storage with Kitchen Units

How to make sure that you have the most storage possible

It's often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home.

A hub of culinary exploration, social interaction, and, often, the dreaded mess. But fear not.

As an established and trusted name in the industry, Better Kitchens is committed to ensuring your kitchen units are designed with maximum storage in mind, creating functional and enjoyable spaces that truly embody your personal style.

At the core of our approach are Kitchen Units, the building blocks of a well-organised kitchen. These standalone structures offer various sizes, configurations, and materials to match any aesthetic or functional need. But how do you ensure that they provide the best storage solutions? The answer lies in their thoughtful organisation.

Divide and Conquer Your Drawers

One of the critical features of modern kitchen units is the inclusion of drawers, a humble storage solution that can transform your kitchen's organisation when used correctly. Drawers can be a hotspot for clutter, but with a few strategic interventions, they can become the epitome of organisation.

Dividing your drawers into compartments is a game-changer. By using drawer dividers, you can assign a specific space for different utensils. This means that your forks aren't squabbling with your spoons, and your cheese grater isn't cosying up to your can opener. By introducing a clear structure to your drawers, everything is neatly tucked away, ready for when you need it.

silver utensils in drawer

Consider dedicated utensil holders, small containers, or even custom-built drawer organisers. These can be especially useful for those awkward, oversized, or delicate items that don't stack or store well in traditional cutlery trays.

A Tale of Two Sizes: Balancing the Big and the Small

It's easy to focus on the larger items when designing your kitchen storage. Ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers - they're the giants of the kitchen world. But let's not forget about the less imposing, yet equally essential, small appliances.

Toasters, kettles, blenders, coffee machines, microwaves - they all need their dedicated space. And yet, they often end up jostling for room on our countertops, creating a cluttered and inefficient workspace. Planning for these items during the design phase can save you a world of stress down the line.

Consider allocating dedicated appliance garages or cubbies within your kitchen units, or use pull-out shelves and cleverly disguised cabinet fronts to hide these appliances when not in use. This keeps your countertops clear, while also ensuring that your appliances are easily accessible when you need them. 

A Place for Pots and Pans

Pots and pans: the workhorses of any kitchen. They're indispensable, yet notorious for being challenging to store efficiently. Many homeowners struggle with finding a suitable place for these bulky items, leading to cluttered cupboards and, sometimes, damage to the cookware itself.

assorted cooking pan on wall rack

Pots and pans: the workhorses of any kitchen. They're indispensable, yet notorious for being challenging to store efficiently. Many homeowners struggle with finding a suitable place for these bulky items, leading to cluttered cupboards and, sometimes, damage to the cookware itself.

Consider investing in specialised kitchen storage solutions like pan racks, which can be installed inside cabinets or on walls, or even pot hooks for hanging pots and pans. Some homeowners even dedicate an entire deep drawer to pots and pans, which allows easy access and prevents scratching and denting.

Rise Above: Making the Most of Vertical Storage

Storage doesn't have to be confined to the floor. Going vertical can open up a world of opportunities for efficient and creative storage. Tall pantry units, open shelves, hanging racks - the sky's the limit.

Vertical storage is especially useful for storing items like baking trays, cutting boards, and serving platters. These items are often large and thin, meaning they don't stack well. By storing them vertically, you can easily see and grab exactly what you need.

Tall, pull-out pantry units are another great example of efficient vertical storage. They're perfect for storing cans, jars, boxes, and bottles, and because they pull out, you can easily see and access everything you have. This prevents items from getting lost at the back of the cupboard and helps keep your pantry organised.

Keep It Clean: Dedicated Storage for Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies are a necessary part of kitchen life. From dish soap to surface cleaners, bin bags to mop buckets, these items can take up a surprising amount of space. But with a dedicated cleaning cupboard, you can keep all of these items together in one easy-to-access location.

A narrow, tall cabinet is ideal for this purpose, as it can accommodate brooms, mops, and even vacuum cleaners, while also providing shelves for smaller items. A pull-out rack can also be a valuable addition, providing easy access to smaller items and helping to keep the cupboard organised.

Conclusion

Efficient storage is about more than just having enough space. It's about creating a system that makes your life easier, making your kitchen a more enjoyable place to be. By carefully considering your needs and planning your storage around them, you can create a kitchen that is not only beautiful but also highly functional. Remember, Better Kitchens is always here to help you on your journey to creating your dream kitchen.

Ardene Stoneman 22 June, 2022
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