The kitchen needs to be well-appointed and hyper-functional, according to the famous ‘Everything in its place and a place for everything’ theory! Discover our tips for excelling in the art of tidying up your kitchen.
- Drawers and shelves: the essential kitchen storage
- How did the island become the best storage asset?
- New trends in “smart” cupboards
There is so much to store in the kitchen! Everyday dishes and those for special occasions; dishes, cooking utensils, table linen; accessories, dry and canned foods… Aromatic herbs in jars too, not to mention a few recipe books, in addition to household appliances… And yet, everything must be accessible. We want this room to be orderly and aesthetic, practical and easy to live with. Beyond the traditional storage tips for the whole house, what are the specific kitchen storage options to adopt in the kitchen during its design and /or its renovation?
1 – XXL drawers with compartments to reorganize the kitchen
Stop rummaging in a too narrow compartment where everything is tangled. This is the goal of the new XXL kitchen drawers. Very wide and deep, they allow you to store as clearly as possible. Removable dividers allow you to compose your ‘table’ of cutlery and utensils, to find everything at a glance – what a time saver and what a zen! These cutlery trays can also contain spice trays.
The set is practical but also visually pleasant and even decorative: it is no longer a question of ‘stashing’ all the mess of the kitchen but of making every corner a methodical and harmonious place. Each kitchen designer offers different types of tailor-made integrated kitchen storage, here Mobalpa – which even offers a guide to ‘ Organizing kitchen drawers efficiently’.
2 – Classic shelves, the kitchen storage unit par excellence
They seem basic but they are nevertheless saving in the organization of the kitchen, and even aesthetic. Easy to install and showcase kitchen storage, it can be accessorized with a plant, colored pots, trinkets …
TipToe wall shelf
Shelves for authentic and characterful kitchens.
You can also choose them in an original and quirky color.
IKEA Enhet shelving unit
3 – Smart expandable cupboards to save space
The cupboards, especially in height, are particularly playful, with their shelves to pull out and even to unfold, and their ingenious systems which use every corner. Thanks to them, storage is increased tenfold. All so-called ‘lost’ spaces can therefore be arranged.
Imove Castorama sliding storage
Another equally ingenious system is the AMR concept from Mobalpa.
Kessebohmer retractable shelf on ManoMano
To not lose any centimeters, we use the depth of the low cupboards, thanks to a sliding storage system.
Castorama sliding corner storage
4 – Pull-out shelves to classify utensils and products
The English drawers become English shelves : open the cupboard door, high or low, and one to three pull-outs are deployed. They are used to store cooking dishes and saucepans, and today they are diverted for all kinds of tailor-made uses: storage of groceries, small appliances, cleaning products, etc.
You can also choose to create a self-service for the coffee / tea machine with everything at hand.
To free up worktops, there’s nothing like recessed sliding shelves for kettles, toasters and other everyday equipment.
Mediane Mobalpa cuisine
Without necessarily installing a new storage unit, you can opt for English drawers.
5 – Multi-function islands, better storage advantage
The central island, so popular for a friendly and modern kitchen , can become your best storage asset. Under the plates and the worktop, a cave of Ali Baba! You can personalize it, between open and closed spaces, display cases, lighted shelves …
Ambiance Life SoCoo’c cuisine
The island can also be integrated into a set of shelves.
6 – Niches that give character, to combine practicality and aesthetics
The niche is the little extra detail that makes all the difference in storage and decoration. All niche configurations are possible depending on your room. Integrated into a low cabinet in the kitchen, it often makes it possible to optimize a small wasted space. And in height, it brings a breath, balancing with the closed facades. They allow, beyond storage, to display pretty crockery, trinkets or plants.
The niches play the role of shelves and create an authentic atmosphere.
Farsi Mercadier painting
7 – Hidden cupboards and hoods for a well-appointed and refined kitchen
In contemporary kitchens, the trend is for sleek cupboards that hide everything, absolutely everything! Interesting kitchen storage in the small open plan areas, where the kitchen remains discreet and blends in with the rest of the decoration.
Mobalpa retro kitchen
Even the hood is now completely built into the worktop! In 2021 it is even about ‘cooktop suction devices’.
Hob with integrated Silverline hood on ManoMano
The uncluttered kitchen is a big trend when it is open and integrated into the living room. It is then designed with large uniform facades, which give a very design effect. Graphically, the contrast between the solid and the empty is generally accentuated by the color (black and wood for example, or more nuanced, gray and white), which gives rhythm to the space. The set makes it possible to integrate a large number of storage spaces to leave the visual space particularly uncluttered.
In this kitchen, we find the island with integrated cupboards and drawers, niche with sliding blind for the coffee maker, refined atmosphere, invisible hood …
Getting around constraints, creating a fluid and functional kitchen, in which you feel perfectly comfortable preparing meals, this is the goal of efficient storage. Storage frees up space or dresses it up. Most of all, have fun designing it. First make a plan with your preferences and favorites, consult interior designers to optimize the space , then on a daily basis, living in the room, do not hesitate to make changes, to adjust, to reverse, to create even more logic and well-being.