5 practical kitchen layout tips to maximise the heart of your home
The kitchen is arguably the most important room in the home, so here’s how to make the most of it
We all want a kitchen that’s a joy to look at, but while aesthetics are vital in any home, you should never neglect the importance of creating a kitchen you can actually use.
Store things close to your oven or range
Constantly walking back and forth across the kitchen when you’re trying to cook is no one’s ideal form of exercise. When all you’re aiming to do is create something delicious and nutritious, it can be more than a little frustrating to hop to-and-fro in search of the right pan or utensil. That’s why having plenty of storage near your cooker is key.
From deep pan drawers to countertop pots for utensils and cutlery, make sure that the stuff you’re likely to need mid-food prep is ready and waiting for you to access with ease.
Decide where you want the central focus to be
Every room should have a focal point. This could be a swanky headboard in the master bedroom, an ornate desk in the study or a family sofa in the living room. For some rooms, the centrepiece is pretty much decided for you (it’s difficult to create a dining room where the dining table isn’t the main star), but in the kitchen it’s completely up to you.
An attractive range or central island are some of the more natural choices, but you can also introduce statement wall art or another accessory to draw the eye. You can even highlight your home’s natural architecture by creating décor around a bay window or alcove.
Place items based on how often you use them
Take the idea of placing things close to your oven, and broaden it out so it applies to your whole kitchen. As a rule of thumb, the more you use something, the easier it should be to access. You don’t want to have to rummage around in a bottom drawer for the plates you use every day, so keep all the necessities at arm’s length and roughly at eye level. If your kitchen has ceiling cabinets, try to reserve the highest shelves for the items you are unlikely to need on a regular basis. Items like fine china or niche baking equipment can be placed a little more out of the way.
Get familiar with drawer dividers
Drawer divider are every organised kitchen owner’s best friend. By separating your drawers, you can store several different groups of items in the same drawer without it feeling like a jumbled mess — leaving you plenty of room for the rest of your kitchenware. A split drawer can be used to store flatware, utensils, cutlery and even spices all in one place.
Keep your bins and sinks close together
In the kitchen, the bin and the sink go hand in hand. For one thing, they’re the two areas we use for getting rid of any food or other waste. What’s more, handling the bin will leave you in need of washing your hands, so you’ll want a sink close by. Keeping these items together will create a designated cleaning area, which will help make the rest of your kitchen feel cleaner and crisper as a result.
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