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Kitchen Storage Solutions
Like our clients, we want to make best possible use of an existing space - so LWK Kitchens offer a superb range of innovative, efficient and highly functional storage solutions. From a vast array of storage options LWK Kitchens can design a kitchen that maximises the usability of all available space, whilst still ensuring easy and secure access. There is so much pleasure to be had in using a kitchen where everything you require is right where you want it to be. When planning your kitchen, we can advise you on which storage solutions are best suited to the available size and layout, but also to accommodate your personal lifestyle and kitchen habits.
In summary, accessories and storage perform three main functions:-
- To create a place to keep your kitchenware and essentials such as pots, pans, utensils, cutlery….and food!
- Storage options enable you to organise your fundamentals. This means you can keep everything where you need it, when you need it.
- The inclusion of kitchen accessories and storage can reduce clutter, keep your worksurfaces clear & you can hide unsightly items from plain view.
The storage solutions available for your kitchen are as extensive as they are innovative. They include magic and carousel corner units which make the best possible use of corner space, and high capacity pull-out larders which ensure visible and accessible contents, and can withhold up to 130kg. Alternatively, generous pan drawers with a capacity up to 70kg provide space and easy access for larger or heavier items such as saucepans, mixing bowls and plate sets. Here’s a further look at some of the kitchen storage options that LWK kitchens can provide…
Kitchen Cabinetry and Island Cabinetry
Any kitchen cabinetry which stores your belongings, so they are no longer visible is referred to as integrated storage. Kitchen cabinetry such as kitchen cupboards and drawers are examples of this. Their function is to store kitchenware such as pots, pans, small appliances, and food. Cabinetry offers ample storage space and includes base units, wall units, and tall units, all in a wide range of sizes to suit requirement. And when it comes to kitchen islands, the cabinetry within an island can provide additional storage space, whether drawers, cupboards or shelves. Kitchen islands are usually multi-purpose and come in many sizes, shapes and finishes, but you are also considering extra storage space too then think about what you will use it for early on in your planning to ensure the best possible access and kitchen workflow.
Pan drawers are ideal for heavy kitchen goods such as pots and saucepans; they make these easier to lift without straining to reach them from the back of a cupboard. Pan drawer sides are an additional option to maximise storage capability on a pan drawer. For example, you can stack plates higher without risk of them falling out. Pan drawers are strong, durable and available in a range of sizes. At LWK Kitchens, pan drawers are available in 300mm, 400mm, 450mm, 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, 900mm, 1000mm and 1200mm. Any pan drawer over 600mm can bear a weight of 70kg and anything less than 600mm can bear a load of 35kg.
Open Kitchen Storage
Open kitchen storage such as open cabinet shelving, plate racks, wine racks, or hanging rails are examples of visible storage. These allow for easy access to frequently used items such as cookbooks, dinner plates or cookware. Open storage is ideal for displaying decorative pieces within your kitchen. It also offers an easy means for introducing colour and personal character into your design. Whether you want to include any open storage is a matter of personal preference and the kind of look and environment you want for your kitchen.
Hidden Kitchen Storage Options
There are many hidden storage options which can be built into the cabinetry and make use of otherwise unused space. For example, plinth drawers make effective use of the area beneath your cabinetry. Another example of hidden storage is internal drawer organisers, pop up sockets or extractor hood cupboards with built in spice racks. These make use of space, storing your spices in the optimal place for use during cooking. The Le Mans corner unit is another great invention, designed to maximise storage potential in kitchen corners. Doubling the storage capacity, two generous trays sit one above the other and make full use of the cupboard’s depth. On opening, their sleek design allows each shelf to slide smoothly and silently outwards. This action presents the entire cupboard contents directly to you, bringing everything into easy reach of you and the worktop prep space above. This means: 1) you have more storage space, 2) finding what you need is effortless, 3) it’s easier to lift out heavy items, and 4) you can keep your cupboard organised without forgetting what’s in there. When finished, the soft close system allows each shelf to retract fully and silently back into the cupboard’s depth.
Kitchen Larder Units
Kitchen larder units are designed to store dry foods such as pasta, cereal, and tinned goods. This means they are usually positioned in close proximity of your worktops for easy loading and reloading. Larder units are available in a range of sizes to suit requirements. This includes larder units for both base or tall units. Most have shelf or wire basket options which are fixed to the door and so open out as you pull the door open. Some models even have a swing out option too, letting you double their capacity. The benefits of larder units include practicality, functionality and accessibility.
Kitchen Pull Out Bin Systems
Integrated beneath your kitchen worktop, kitchen pull out bin systems are another great storage solution. These eliminate the need for a freestanding bin which can take up space or spoil your kitchen’s chic aesthetic. Pull out bins are available in different door width and capacity options, and have optional dividers for easy recycling. Many also have close over lids to conceal any waste smells.
Kitchen Tambour Units
Another great storage option is the kitchen tambour unit. These units have a flexible tambour door which slides up and down to open and close respectively. Aside from generous shelving, these typically house kettles and toasters, hiding them from plain sight. And to eliminate any messy wires, plug sockets can be built into the unit. This means you can use these small appliances whenever you need them but without having to unplug them.
Smaller storage solutions can save space and provide an organised and accessible place for your contents that is easy to keep tidy. An example of this is secret drawers; these are slim-line internal drawers which reside within larger pan drawers, helpfully positioned above your pots, pans, plates etc. These keep your cutlery and kitchenware neatly stored and organised, with everything you need in plain sight on opening a drawer. Cutlery inserts are available in a range of material and colour options; such as plastic, or a Beech or Walnut wood. Drawer mats or plate holders are further drawer insert options that will keep the contents of your kitchen drawers neatly in place on opening.
‘Move’ Storage Units
LWK Kitchens are able to offer a flexible new organising system for kitchen drawer and cabinet interiors. With personalisation being key to this design, the ‘Move’ system allows you to arrange real wood and metal boxes within drawers and cabinets, according to individual requirement.
This means you can plan your storage to suit you, with smaller kitchenware located where you want it, and easy to find when you need it. These boxes can easily be stacked on top of one another to fully optimise the available space within your units. It has been designed to fit into every pull out cabinet, drawer or wall unit. However, there are also solutions for specific kitchenware such as kitchen roll, foil and cling film holders, as well as small spice inserts for drawers.
What’s more, you have the choice of storage organisers in colour tones to match your kitchen’s finish, whether Champagne or Lava Grey. This achieves a seamless tone-on-tone look, perfectly complementing your clean and tidy kitchen finish.
Magnetic & Hanging Storage Options
Magnetic kitchen storage allows use of otherwise unused space within your kitchen. An example of this is the space between worktop and wall cupboards. This space could be used for storage of spices or knives, which will adhere to the wall through magnets. Particularly for spices this is beneficial because it frees up cupboard space. It also makes it easy to find whichever spice you require without having to rummage in cupboards; you can also keep adding to your collection without it reducing your cupboard storage capacity. Along with hooks and hanging rails for pots, pans or tea-towels; this type of storage is particularly useful for small kitchens where space is at a premium.
Small Kitchen Storage
LWK Kitchens offer a full range of kitchen accessories and small storage solutions which can save space and provide an organised and accessible place for your contents that is easy to keep tidy. For smaller kitchens many of our clients love wall-mounted rail systems which can incorporate knife blocks, tinfoil racks, utensil holders, and floating shelves, all of which effectively utilise space. Other options include wine racks, secret drawers, pull out spice racks or towel rails (often in place of a filler panel) and popup sockets that retract out of sight when not being used.
Most of these can be fitted as part of the service we provide, but are also available to purchase separately. To receive a brochure of our accessories, please call or email us.