Custom designed Kitchens have a lot of components that need to come together to be able to create a really functional and practical space. One of the things that we often use to enhance the functionality of a Kitchen is to add special mechanisms that allow you to make the most of the available space. There are 5 types in particular that we use in most Kitchens that we design that we believe make a big difference to any Kitchen:
1 | Pull-out bin
The pull-out bin is one thing that I will always put into every Kitchen that I design. There are a few cabinet width options, with different bin sizes and bin amounts that can fit into each, so you'll always be able to find something to suit for your kitchen and waste needs. Some of the smaller bins can also be installed under sinks if you are very tight for space. We have also even used pull out bins to store pet food in some kitchens making it convenient and easy to reach.
2 | Narrow pull-out cupboards
When designing a custom Kitchen within an existing space, it is not uncommon to find yourself with a small 150-300mm space that can be difficult to use. This is where pull out cupboards have been a game-changer. There are many options for these available, including pull-out spice/oils racks, pull-out chopping board/oven tray storage, and pull-out towel rail/cleaning supply storage for next to your sink.
3 | Pull-out or revolving corner storage
Corners in kitchens can be very difficult to reach and can easily become dead space where things get lost. Whenever we have corner cupboards, we always aim to add mechanisms to make the space more usable. If you have 2 doors to access the space, you can consider a revolving mechanism (like a large lazy susan) that allows you to easily reach everything. Where your corner is accessible only from one side, we recommend a pull out mechanism that allows you to pull the corner shelving out toward you.
4 | Pull-out pantry
A pull out pantry can make a huge difference, allowing you to making the most out of your available space. They allow you to fully fill every shelf without anything getting lost in the back as you simply pull the shelf out to view all items. There are a few pull-out pantry options available. One popular option is a pull-out pantry where the shelves are attached to the door and pull out when you open the door. My preference, however, is to use individual pull out pantry shelves, so you can pull out only each shelf as needed.
5 | Pocket Doors
Pocket doors are an amazing addition to any Kitchen, but particularly useful if you're unable to have a walk-in-pantry. Pocket doors allow hinged or bi-fold doors to hide away into a 'pocket' space when open so that they can be out of the way while that space is in use. We love to put them over appliance cupboards, bar areas or even study nooks within Kitchens. The only downside is that the 'pocket' does take up some extra space that needs to be taken into consideration if you've got a small Kitchen.
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