The kitchen is hallowed ground—the heart of the house where the most essential activities in the house take place. We cannot live without eating, and a good meal depends on a kitchen that is built just for that. Space is crucial where kitchens are concerned. Any space that houses stoves and cookers has to be big. Fire does not do well in small spaces.
There are a million things that you can do to your kitchen to transform it into your ideal cooking haven. Some of the stand-out things you can pull off include investing in extra accessories that can ease how you operate in that part of the house. The following are the top 10 things you can add to your kitchen.
Most houses come built with wardrobes, cabinets, and closets. Most of them are closed types, complete with doors and locks. Kitchens also employ the same design; closed cabinets are preferred because they hold the dinnerware and cutlery in place. However, for a change, you can go with open shelves.
Simple wood planks fixed to a wall with space for holding plates, cups, and bowls and hooks for hanging your pans. It adds an aesthetic touch to the kitchen, and at the same time, your utensils will never get moldy because of being deprived of fresh air.
Sliding drawers are fun to have around the kitchen. Not only are they economical with space, but they can be used to store just about anything. The best part? They do not cost that much: you can get quality China drawer fittings on a budget and have them shipped straight to you.
Sliding drawers in the kitchen not only add an aesthetic look to your kitchen but they provide an enormous amount of storage space that anyone passionate about cooking could ever hope for. As a plus, you can have as many as four drawers per cabinet, that’s more than enough to house all your plates, bowls, cups and cutlery.
Trash Bin Pullouts
Trash bins are necessary in the kitchen; it is how you keep the kitchen clean at all times. However, having it in public view can be a little unsettling for self-conscious people. There is a way you can have it around but by keeping it out of sight. Trash bin pullouts are drawers designed to hold trash bins. You simply pull the drawer open, throw the trash into the bin and slam it shut again.
However, you will need to empty the trashbin every two days whether it is full or not. The trash in enclosed spaces tends to start giving off foul odors.
Most people throw their cutlery into one small drawer without any formal arrangement. This can be a little dangerous, especially if you mix up your spoons, forks with sharp objects like knives. Blindly shoving your hand inside looking for a spoon may end up with you cutting yourself. A cutlery tray comes divided into various sections. You can use each section for a specific type of cutlery. That way, you can know exactly where everything is.
Knife blocks are more than simple accessories; they are a must-have item in the kitchen for safety reasons. Knives are sharp, and they should never be placed in the same location as other things. Another reason why knives should go into knife blocks is for the sake of maintaining their sharpness.
When knives are stored with spoons and forks, the constant grazing against each other blunts them. In the knife block, however, they get to occupy their own space. Some knife blocks even double up as knife sharpeners.
Cereals, grains, sugar, salt, spices, all of these come in their packaging when you purchase them. However, they tend to occupy a lot of space, and at times, once you open them, there is a risk of them spilling out in storage. This is where jars come in handy.
Jars are the perfect storage containers for such things. First, you can clearly see the contents since the jars are transparent. Secondly, they add an aesthetic touch, especially when they are lined across an open shelf.
Expandable Dining Room Table
If your kitchen is big enough, you can simply turn it into a dining room too that can accommodate three to five people at a go. The trick here is to acquire an expandable dining room table that can be shrunk back when not in use, thus giving you space to move about freely. Most expandable tables are made of glass, but there are wood options for those that may be too scared of breaking a glass table.
A Kitchen Serving Cart
Ferrying food from the kitchen to a dining area situated a whole room away can be hectic. You may need to make several trips if you are serving several people. With a kitchen serving cart, all you have to do is load up the food and the plates on the cart and push it like a trolly to the dining room. The best part? People can serve themselves.
An Undersink Compartment
The area under the sink is usually left empty, save for the water pipes and all. This does not always have to be the case. Instead of wasting that space on plumbing lines, have the pipes rerouted into the wall and transform that space into a small cabinet. You can use it to store all the cleaners, soaps, and sponges. Locking them away from sight as they can be messy when left hanging on top of the sink.
Anything that can improve your kitchen is a good idea. However, do not be too enthusiastic as you may end up using too much space than its required. The last thing you would want is to start bumping into tables and other things because you had to squeeze a new drawer where it should not be. Understand what your kitchen needs first before attempting anything
This is a sponsored guest post by Gracie Watson