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Cool Design Ideas For A More Functional Kitchen

June 27, 2019

It’s the homestretch friends! My last post for BakedKL and I thought I’ll end it on a fun note! ! I’ve talked about layouts and storage space, now to add a little spice to your kitchen. We all know how important functionality is in a kitchen; there are also fun quirky ideas that put the ‘fun’ in functional. Here are some of my favourite ones.

 

1. Tiling your island

 

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We all love an island in the kitchen and most islands also have bar stools that acts as extra seating. Over time when you knock or graze the surface of the island there might be stains that may not look so appealing. By tiling the surface that is prone to be in contact with your feet, the likelihood of damaging the overall look is minimized greatly. Tiles are easy to clean and are very durable so by applying this trick, it’s one less mess to think about.

 

 

 

2. Hole on kitchen counter for trash

 

 

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This trick works extremely well for counters that come in one piece like stone top and timber top where you can prepare/cut/roll out things on the surface itself without a chopping board. Having a hole on the surface where a trash can is placed under the hole, concealed in the cabinet is a great way of promoting the ‘clean as you cook’ culture. Food waste and trash can easily be pushed through the hole and into the trash can.

 

 

3. Extendable island/work space

 

 

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Nowadays, the sizes of houses are getting smaller and smaller this means that home owners need to be smarter and more creative when planning their spaces especially the kitchen. Having collapsible furniture is a smart trick to use because it adapts to your needs. Having extendable work space means more work space when you need it, and also extra space for extra seating when you need it. You’ll be surprised at how a few inches of extra workspace affects the clutter situation especially when you’re prepping to cook!

 

 

4. Hang pots and pans from the ceiling

 

 

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When you are short on storage space; use every inch of space that you have. One of the spaces that people usually forget about is the vertical space. Hanging your pots and pans from the ceiling will allow more space for storage in the cabinets and have easy access to them when you need it. It’s also a good way to see what items you already have and not get excessive items that you don’t need. It looks really neat and adds a farmhouse vibe to your kitchen if that’s the look that you’re going for.

 

 

5. Fill awkward corner cabinets with pots and pans, using hooks or lazy susans

 

 

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We all have that scratching our head moment when we don’t know what to do with a corner space. It looks like it can fit stuff but it’s also such an awkward angle. Here’s a solution for you! Get a lazy susan; this way, you can store your items on the contraption and not have to fuss with the awkward angle when you take things in and out of the cabinet. A carousel of your kitchenware needs.

 

 

6. Put shelves inside of your shelves and cabinets

 

 

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It’s a shelf-ception. We’re all guilty of stacking our plates in a cabinet and find it difficult to get that one plate that’s at the bottom of the pile. Instead of manually rearranging the plates and then putting it back to place, put shelves in your cabinet. This way, not only are you maximizing storage space usage, but also makes it easier for you to take what you need from the pile.

 

 

7. The insides of cabinets are also great places to put hooks for rags, gloves, and pot holders.

 

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Trolleys are one of the most convenient things to have around the house, even more so in the kitchen. It has multiple usages for the kitchen space like extra storage, you can put multiple dishes on the trolley and roll them out safely to the dining table without having to go back and forth, and it can also act as a buffet table.

 

8. A trolley

 

 

Trolleys are one of the most convenient things to have around the house, even more so in the kitchen. It has multiple usages for the kitchen space like extra storage, you can put multiple dishes on the trolley and roll them out safely to the dining table without having to go back and forth, and it can also act as a buffet table.

 

 

9. Chalkboard/Writing area

 

 

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Running low on stock in the fridge or pantry is very common in a household. What’s even more common is forgetting to restock. By having a chalkboard or writing area on the wall, you can list out items that need to be bought on your next grocery shopping run. Write recipes on the chalkboard so that you can refer to it without making your recipe books dirty or even plan out meals for the week so that you can do meal prep!

 

 

10. Having a tap at the stove

 

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If your kitchen is undergoing a major overhaul, take this into consideration. While they’re doing things with the pipes, get an additional water tap near the stove. We boil water for multiple reasons like to cook pasta, to double boil, to make porridge, it’s endless! It’s so much easier than having to pour water into the pots or waiting for the pot to fill it up with water and then carrying the heavy pot to the stove.

 

There you go guys, we hope all these tips will be helpful to you in building the kitchen of your dreams!

 

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Syaza from Syaza Of All Trades is contributor writer for BakedKL.

 

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