Kitchen Renovations

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6 helpful storage tips for your new kitchen

There’s no such thing as too much storage space, but when you don’t have enough, it’s a real pain. Before you start your kitchen renovation design it’s important to work out how much storage space you’ll need.

Here are 6 tips to make sure you get it right

  1. Do a ‘stocktake’ of all your kitchen pots, pans, crockery, glassware and baking items – you’ve probably got more than you think.
  2. Do the same with your gadgets and appliances. Consider an appliance cupboard so you can easily hide them all away when they’re not in use.
  3. Consider large drawers in place of cupboards for easy access.
  4. Plan storage for crockery, serving dishes and cutlery near the dishwasher for efficient unloading and to make sure you aren't dripping water all over the floor.
  5. Consider extending your overhead cupboards to ceiling height to make the most of wasted space; or you could use storage baskets on top of your overhead cupboards. You can store items here that you don’t use as often.
  6. You can also have corner drawers instead of those tricky to reach corner cupboards.

Speak to your local kitchen renovations expert who will be able to offer help and advice about making the most of the space you have for storage.



Deep drawer kitchen storage – everything neat and easy to reach!

If you’re fed up of having to rummage around in your cupboards to see what’s lurking at the back, try adding deep drawers in place of some of the base cabinets. A typical lower cabinet is 560mm deep, which means it’s easy to lose or forget about something right at the back. This can also mean you have to practically unpack the cupboard to find what you’re looking for!

Deep drawers will solve these problems allowing easy access to all the contents.

In place of base cabinets, they offer maximum use of space

Deep drawers make it much easier to stack plates, bowls, pans and lids, providing a neat and orderly set up. This means you’ll be able to fit more things into the same amount of space as a base cabinet.

A great way to get find what you’re looking for

You can pull the drawers out all the way, so you can see everything inside.

No piling dishes or pans precariously on top of one another and no items getting lost or forgotten in the back of a dark shelf.

A modern look for your kitchen

Having a set of deep drawers below the benchtop makes for a stylish, updated look. Opting for drawers in place of base cabinets also helps break up the line of cupboard doors.



Kitchen colour counts

When planning your kitchen renovation and colour combinations, think about the amount of space you have to work with. Remember that dark cabinets and benchtops will shrink an already small space, whereas light and soft shades will visually expand any area. You can also use glass doors and display shelving to break up banks of colour.



Plan your layout

It’s important to find a kitchen layout that makes best use of the space you have. For narrow spaces it might be a galley style kitchen. In a larger, broader room, you may be able to accommodate a central island bench with underneath cupboards for further storage.



Appliances first

If you're renovating your kitchen, choose your appliances first. It will be much easier to design your cabinets and countertops to fit appliances (like your refrigerator and dishwasher), rather than the other way around. If your kitchen area is small, take this into account when making your appliance choices.



Everything in its place

There’s no such thing as too much storage space, but when you don’t have enough, it’s a real pain. Before you start your kitchen renovation design, look at all your kitchen pots, pans, gadgets and appliances, and make sure there will be a place for everything. Utilise all available space and think about including large drawers in your cabinetry in place of plain cupboards, for easier access.



Kid-friendly kitchens

Kitchens can be a hazardous place for children, so for a kid-friendly kitchen make sure your cooktop is installed away from high traffic areas so children can’t knock anything off (such as a pan of hot water or oil) if they happen to run through.



Kitchen efficiency

When planning your kitchen renovation, think about how and where you will use items. For example, store crockery, serving dishes and cutlery near the dishwasher for efficient unloading and to make sure you aren't dripping water all over the floor, making it splippery and dangerous.



Make the most of your space

If you’ve only got a limited amount of space for your kitchen renovation, there are still lots of great things you can do. You could extend your overhead cupboards to ceiling height to make the most of this wasted space. Corner drawers rather than cupboards are a great idea and deep drawers for your pots and pans are more user-friendly and easier to organise than under bench cupboards.



Plan for ‘landing’ bench space

When planning your kitchen renovation make sure that you allow for ‘landing’ space next to your appliances. The recommended area is at least 400mm on each side of your oven/cooktop so you can put down hot items safely, plus space next to the fridge and pantry so it is easier to put away your groceries. Extra bench space next to your microwave will also come in handy, if you have the room.



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