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A kitchen is that part of a home that occupies a special place in the heart of every homemaker. The kitchen is the place where all the delicious meals are cooked and shared with love, this space whether small or big plays a very important part in adding up to the love in your family life and without a doubt, for all the passionate home cooks in every home for them to be able to show off some of their most flavoursome, flamboyant, and tasty dishes, the kitchen must be designed in just the right way!
In the perfect kitchen, there should be the perfect kitchen storage options as well. Organising and planning the perfect kitchen storage can be quite complicated in any home as there are so many things to organize, whether it’s utensils, groceries, appliances or cutlery.
When any kitchen is being designed in any home, it is seen that usually, the cabinets, the storage methods, and the canisters get the most importance. While these things play a quite significant role in hiding away the cluster unless the interiors of the cabinets are planned well it can be quite a challenge to keep it neat. Therefore, when one is designing a kitchen for their home, it is very essential to plan kitchen storage by including drawers and racks within the cabinets which helps them in keeping the kitchen neat and clean.
Indian cuisine is nothing without those spicy spices used in making food. Therefore, all the spice canisters need to be readily accessible and can be placed right next to the cooking area. One can plan for at least half a dozen small bottles (canisters) that are clearly labelled, this would make it much easier for you and you won’t need to search for a particular spice in the middle of cooking. Sugar and salt can be stored in big containers as they would be required almost every time while cooking, while tea and coffee-related items can be in jars of comparatively smaller sizes.
Before planning the cabinets or the type of canisters to instil within them, it is essential to get an idea of the various things that need to be stored in the kitchen. It is obvious that certain items such as cooked food and perishable products will be stored in the refrigerator, but other than this should be taken note of before designing kitchen storage.
We would strongly recommend you to make a list of cooking ingredients stored outside the refrigerator such as all the cooking equipment, utensils, spices, and items used for serving food. This list will give a basic idea of the area to be allocated to each category as well as the height of the shelves.
Use Corners Cleverly:
In any kitchen, especially those with L-shaped or U-shaped layouts, access to the storage in the corners near the wall can pose a challenge. Corner spaces are generally very hard to access when it comes to using them in kitchens. We would highly recommend using modular kitchen accessories which would help every home-maker to make use of every inch of storage space and access the farthest corners easily.
A shelf alone won’t be sufficient enough as individuals will need to bend and stretch into the cabinet to access items that are in the deepest part of the corner. Fortunately, if you opt for modern kitchens, this problem will be solved. Modular Kitchens come with cleverly designed pots and pans storage racks, including those that are perfect for corner units.
To store items that add classic and subtle beauty to your kitchen, like the bright pottery canisters and exquisitely patterned crockery, open shelving is a great idea. Open shelves look less bulky than closed cabinets and will surely make your kitchen look more spacious. The kitchen should always use a very pleasing combination of shelves and hangers above the washing area, allowing just-washed dishes to drip dry into the sink below. However, if you are someone who has trouble keeping things organized, avoid planning for too many open shelves as they can make your kitchen look very messy.
The advantage of custom designing the kitchen is that the home-maker has full control over all the small details such as the height and width between the shelves. While one can install fixed shelves that are customized according to the size of one’s utensils, it should be preferred to opt for flexible shelves that can be easily adjusted to accommodate almost any size of canisters and utensils.
Amongst all the decisions one needs to make some important decisions when designing kitchen cabinets, the most important being whether to have a single door or two doors. In general, a cupboard with a width of up to 24 inches can have a single door. For cupboards that are wider than 24 inches, two doors are recommended. The problem with installing an extra-wide cupboard or a two-door cupboard is that it will need a central area of the kitchen to provide support, and the post will occupy a lot of kitchen storage. One can look at alternative designs such as cabinet doors that swing upwards or even sliding doors which would acquire comparatively lesser space.
For every homemaker who is looking for kitchen storage ideas for small kitchens, a glass door on the cabinet is an excellent solution for making the area seem lighter and classy. The disadvantage of a transparent glass door on the cabinet is that everything within it needs to be neatly arranged as it is always in view.
One of the ideas for small kitchens is that professionals use kitchen cabinets including pocket shelves or storage racks on the inner side of the cabinet doors. It is an excellent solution for storing smaller items such as spice canisters.
These were some of the innovative ideas for kitchen storage for Indian Homes. These designs depend from kitchen to kitchen and individual to individual.