Over the last couple of years, we found new and inventive ways to store away our clutter. From the expected kitchen wares like pots, pans, and ingredients to cleaning products and even office supplies, our kitchen storage needs have evolved as we adjust to the ever-changing landscape of homeworking and family life. Sinead Trainor, Kitchen Category Manager, LochAnna Kitchens is here to help with expert advice on how you can clear away clutter and reclaim your space.
A beautifully aesthetic kitchen that doesn’t work on a practical level won’t stand the test of time, so when designing a kitchen storage must be one of the most crucial elements to consider. Don’t fall foul to the mistake of leaving storage to the last minute. Instead, when you’re first designing your kitchen space think about how you and your family use the kitchen on a day-to-day basis and how your needs might evolve and grow in the near future. You can then use this information to select the ideal storage and design the rest of your kitchen around these elements.
Build storage that suits your lifestyle
It is important to choose the storage solutions that suit your lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you should have to compromise on style. Whether you’re planning around pets and children or simply want to ensure that you have all the space you need for your hobbies, the Lifestyle larder is a great way to tailor storage to your individual needs. With 1600mm of vertical space, the Lifestyle Larder is an elegant solution to storing bulky items like ironing boards and vacuum cleaners. Built in storage is also a great way to hide away the plethora of toys, treats and everything else that comes with owning a pet.
Use pantries and dressers to hide or display appliances
In smaller kitchens all available surface space is crucial. So, whether you want to display or hide away your small appliances, dressers and pantries are a great option.
Instead of wasting critical surface space, appliances like toasters, mixers and blenders can be kept in a pantry or displayed in a glass door dresser. By keeping usable surface space open, you not only give yourself more workspace but gives an overall chic and clutter free look to the room, where all the chaos is hidden behind closed doors.
Install a pull-out pantry
Maximising your space with pull out storage is a really fantastic way to make sure that you have all your essentials close by, without having the clutter of surface storage. Keeping cooking must-haves neatly tucked away and yet easily accessible is also a wonderful way to use odd spaces that might otherwise be overlooked.
If you want to add extra flair to your pull- out storage, try transferring your spices and baking ingredients to matching, labelled jars for a uniform effect that keeps everything in order.
Get creative with a corner larder
Corner larders offer clever solutions that allow homeowners to use areas of the kitchen which are often under-utilised, by being placed on the diagonal the need for stretching around dark corners and reaching in odd angles are eliminated. Instead, you can simply see everything you have stored at a glance and access becomes as simple as stepping inside.
For even more convenience, install a shelving unit that slides out, delivering your essentials to you! The Blind Corner Larder for Le Mans uses every inch of space, whilst keeping everything organised on four individual shelves.
Bespoke your boot room
Why not create a bespoke boot room that clears up clutter in your hallway or utility room. The Washington Dust boot room combines Dust Grey bridging units and panels with Solutions White Oak shelving. This custom solution gives you the perfect place to store boots, coats, umbrellas, and anything else you need in one place, making sure you have everything you need for an impromptu outing. You could even install a boot brush and doormat to prevent tracking dirt throughout the house after muddy walks.