Without the right kitchen storage solutions in the right places, it simply doesn’t matter how beautiful your doors and worktops, or how stunning the splashback…because if there’s kitchenware cluttering your surfaces you won’t be able to see what’s beneath. Also, if you are constantly fighting for worktop and cupboard space, or can’t find what you need when you need it, this will affect your use of your kitchen and diminish your enjoyment of cooking. So whether a large or small kitchen, traditional or ultra-modern in style, your kitchen must include sufficient storage capacity for your household’s needs.
In summary, storage performs three main functions:-
- Storage creates 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 storage can reduce clutter, keep your worksurfaces clear & you can hide unsightly items from plain view.
So what kitchen storage options are available to you?
There is a wide array of functional storage options available which ensure there is a place for everything. But more than this, kitchen manufacturers and designers want to ensure storage is in the best place for you as a user. Modern kitchen storage caters to individual needs; it is designed to make our lives easier and better. Of the many practical and innovative storage options to choose from, this post will focus on general storage solutions including integrated and open storage. Part 2 of this series will look in more detail at pull-out/internal kitchen storage, and part 3 will explore small kitchen storage options.
Any kitchen cabinetry which stores your belongings so they are no longer visible is referred to as hidden or 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.
Kitchen Cupboards and Pan drawers
Drawers and cupboards are available in a range of dimensions to suit all shapes and sizes of kitchens. Particularly important for small kitchens they can also maximise on space. If space and accessibility are important for you then it is worth noting that kitchen pan drawers are wide base-level drawers that can offer a third more storage space than kitchen cupboards. They also allow much easier access to the contents within. Pan drawers are ideal for heavier 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.
Kitchen Island Cabinetry
Kitchen islands come in many sizes, shapes and finishes, and the cabinetry within Kitchen islands can provide additional storage space, whether drawers, cupboards or shelves. You might want to use your island for cooking, dining, or working at, but if also considering extra storage space then think about what you will use it for early on in your planning to ensure the best possible access and kitchen workflow.
Secret Kitchen Storage Options
There are a number of secret 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.
This otherwise redundant space is useful for storing infrequently used items, or those you would like to keep separate from your food and other kitchenware; this might be cleaning materials or pet supplies. Another example of hidden storage is extractor hood cupboards with built in spice racks. These make use of space, storing your spices in the optimal place for use during cooking.
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 options boils down to personal preference and the kind of look and environment you want for your kitchen. Some people love it for a more ‘lived in’ look; others prefer entirely integrated storage for a minimalist contemporary kitchen look.