In Part 1 we looked at open storage and simple kitchen cabinetry options such as drawers and cupboards. But there is far more to kitchen storage.
The clever solutions within is what really sets modern cabinetry apart. Homeowners want tidy, easily accessible storage that allows them to store their belongings in the best possible spot for when they need them. To facilitate this most kitchen companies offer integrated, pull-out kitchen corner storage. This is specifically designed to make full use of your cabinetry’s internal space; it also lets you easily organise and access your kitchenware.
Here we will look at some of the different pullout storage options, starting with the importance of kitchen corner storage.
Why kitchen corner storage systems are a must have for kitchens
When planning a new kitchen it is important to think about the space you have available and how best you might use it. After all, no one ever wants to waste space. This is particularly important in smaller kitchens where you really can’t afford to. Yet when clients come to us for a redesign of their existing kitchen, we often see cases of wasted space; Typically this occurs where two adjoining runs meet to form a corner, such as in an L shape or U shape kitchen layout.
Why do we lose kitchen corner storage space?
In this position, rear cupboard space becomes very difficult to access without stretching and straining to reach within. And the fact that your kitchen corner cupboard’s contents aren’t visible means frequently having to pull out several items before you can find the very one that you need. As a result this awkward space is too often, and too easily, unused and consequently neglected…
…But there are solutions for this. This includes corner storage options designed to make excellent use of this difficult corner cupboard space for efficient, functional storage…And here are a few of the most effective:-
1) Le mans kitchen corner units
The Le mans corner unit is named after, and shaped like the famous French racetrack. It is 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.
Le mans corner units have a load bearing maximum capacity of 25kg (55Ibs) per shelf; this makes them ideal for storing pots, pans and other heavy kitchenware. These corner storage units can open to the left or right. Depending on space and requirement, the height adjustable shelves can be adjusted every 2”.
2) Magic kitchen corner units
Much like the Le mans corner unit, a magic corner unit fully retracts into the back of a base unit corner space. Rather than shelves this system incorporates wire baskets, with two at the front and two at the rear. These are available in different sizes and finishes. On opening the cupboard door, each of the front baskets extends out of the cupboard space; they then swivel through 170 degrees to make the contents accessible. In turn, this action clears space for the rear baskets to follow; these slide out behind the front ones to ensure their contents are also accessible. A soft close option slows the motion just before the cupboard door closes, ensuring this action is smooth and silent.
Kitchen Larder units
Aside from corner units, Larder units 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 corner 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, capacity options and optional dividers for easy recycling. Many also have close over lids to conceal any waste smells.
Kitchen Tambour units
Whilst not a pull out, another hidden corner storage solution which works great, is a tambour unit. These units have a flexible tambour door which slides up and down to open and close respectively. Aside from generous shelving, these often 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.
Tambour units are great for maintaining a clean kitchen look with clear worktops. So should visitors appear unexpectedly whilst your kitchen is slightly messy, you can quickly sweep everything into the tambour and just pull the shutter down. Tambours are available in a range of colours, including matches to your kitchen doors for a seamless look.
If you would like help in planning kitchen storage for your kitchen, please contact us.
Also, don’t miss Part 3 of this series which will look in detail at small kitchen storage options.