Kitchen storage: how to get it right

Kitchen storage main image with splashback shelf

Does your kitchen storage set-up include ‘the cupboard’? Because, full disclaimer, mine does. You know the type – open the door, shove whatever lives there (typically Tupperware, let’s be real) in, and quickly close the door before the contents can spill out.

It’s a dance I have perfected over the years, and I’m not sure how proud I am of that fact.

With the current situation going on, chances are you – like me – have taken to doing all sorts of jobs around the house. A global pandemic, it seems, is turning us all into world-class tidiers and declutterers.

I’ll openly admit that my kitchen storage has never been this well sorted, although it has always followed a general pattern.

Ashbourne pantry

Oh, I love a good pantry! This Ashbourne double system from Masterclass Kitchens can be customised with different drawer styles, wine and spice racks, or shelving in six different widths. Masterclass Kitchens schemes start from £7500.

But of course, for your set-up to really work, you’ll need to have an effective layout. Do you want simple cabinets? Or a larder with a clever inner design?

As always, I’m here to help – so here are the four steps to make your new layout a success.

Take stock of what you need to stash away

Before you start with designing your new kitchen storage, look at what you actually need to find a home for.

Do you always buy a certain bottle of oil? Or maybe you fill things such as pulses into glass jars?

Take everything you own and intend to keep out of the cupboards and measure up the tallest items.

This allows you to design your new cupboards from the inside out, so you can store every tin, jar, and bottle in a way that fits the purpose perfectly.

Plan your kitchen storage around your cooking routine

Which ingredients do you need the most? Or maybe you always use a specific set utensils for a specific task?

Kitchen storage hanging rail with pans

The Brasserie range from Smallbone of Devizes provides a whole host of innovative storage solutions. This rack above the island, for example, can be created in a range of bespoke sizes and finishes. Kitchens from Smallbone of Devizes start from £40,000.

I, for example, like to use chopsticks when frying things – they allow me to pick up even more delicate things without damaging any breading or, the horror, having tofu pieces break apart – so I keep a pair right next to the hob.

Which is exactly my point here: make sure the things you use all the time are kept close to where you need them.

A rail above the hob is a stylish way to hang ladles, spoons, or even pans, while a splashback shelf is ideal to keep fresh and dried herbs.

A bespoke rack on the inside of a pantry cupboard or custom drawer inserts are also ideal, as they can create the exact internal layout you need – handy, right?

Martin Moore spice rack

Make the most out of every inch of space to get the maximum effectiveness out of your kitchen. The end of this bespoke tall cupboard from Martin Moore has been built as a full-height spice rack. Martin Moore kitchens start from £35,000.

Create an ergonomic design

Always consider where you’ll place drawers and cupboards in your new scheme and how they’ll help you create the most efficient design.

You might be surprised at how much storage an island offers – but if you design it with cupboards or shelving, it’s an all-round helpful addition.

Incorporating it in the right place will also help you avoid long walks between food storage and the cooking zone.

Look out for the latests kitchen storage trends

Like in every other room in our homes, cupboards, units, and other solutions of course change as our tastes do.

Kitchen storage behind pocket doors

Sleek and cleverly designed, pocket doors from Designspace London’s Modulnova sliding wall system streamline this kitchen’s storage. Prices
for a similar scheme start from £25,000.

Designers are constantly coming up with new ways to streamline your kitchen – pocket doors, for example, are very often used to hide small appliances.

These panels slide open and away, revealing whatever you need without taking up valuable floor area a normal swinging door would block.

Smart, right?

So, let me know – how are you planning your kitchen? And, more importantly… how tidy are your cupboards right now?

Featured image: How cool is this open shelf? It has been seamlessly integrated with the extractor hood for a contemporary decorative storage in this Italian-designed kitchen from Schiffini’s Cinqueterre range. Price on application.

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