Well planned storage in your new kitchen can eliminate clutter and speed up your cooking time when utensils and ingredients have dedicated and easy to reach locations.
Drawer organizers, pull out racks, trash bins, and roll out shelves are frequently used in new kitchens. Going beyond the obvious requires planning with a designer and input from the homeowner. An example would be a bake center incorporating storage for ingredients and utensils at a lowered work surface for rolling out dough.
Today’s busy lifestyles often result in staggered meal times with some of the younger family members preparing their own meals. Set up a center around a microwave located at a convenient height for the cooks and include storage for the microwavable cookware and the dry ingredients. This should be near the sink for water and clean up, and close to the refrigerator for the chilled ingredients.
Wide, deep drawers near the range offer convenient storage for pots and pans. The same drawer base near the dishwasher can be alternate storage for everyday dinnerware. A peg board drawer insert with shaped dowels create secure spaces for plates, bowls, etc.
Using the wall space between the counter tops and upper cabinets can add a decorative element as well as storage for often used items. An attractive rail system can be customized to hold spices, paper rolls, fruit, utensils, and your cook book.
As you plan your new kitchen, make notes of functions you perform frequently and how more efficient storage might help you. The more information you give your designer, the better your new kitchen will reflect your needs and lifestyle.