Kitchen Storage

Zone 1 - Non-Consumables

Before you decide on the kitchen that's right for you, you need to be happy that there is sufficient workspace and storage for your needs. The 'Non Consumables; kitchen storage zone helps you think and visualise where and how to store items that are both essential and non essential to the kitchen, but in many peoples homes the only or obvious place to keep them. The videos below will help you work through the possibilities.

The first consideration in this zone is for the types of items that are kept in this zone; some are obvious while others are not. Below is a list of items that you may wish to consider.

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  • Cutlery
  • Daily usage crockery
  • Daily usage cups and glasses
  • Tupperware & food wrap
  • Bits and bobs
  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Serving plates and dishes
  • Jugs, tea pots and cafeterias
  • Table mats and ornaments
  • Occasion cutlery
  • Occasion crockery
  • Occasion cups and glasses
  • First aid kit
  • Boot polish
  • Sewing kits

Once you have decided on the items that need to be kept within this zone you are then able to decide on the best way to store them, and where in the room is best to situate them.

The best way to do this is to break it down into further sections allowing you to consider the space that is required for each section.

To break this down think about the difference in storage space with wider and deeper units versus shallow and narrow storage units. For larger items you may be able to gain over 18% more storage, but for other items you may also lose the equivalent.

For an example of how to do this please take a look at our break down below.

Wide drawer units

Using the list above;

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Unit 1

Made up of 1 shallow drawer and 2 deep drawers, to store:

  • Cutlery
  • Daily used crockery
  • Tupperware & food wrap

 

Unit 2

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Made up of 2 Deep drawers, to store:

  • Daily used cups and glasses - Aventos as pictured
  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Serving plates and dishes
  • Jugs, tea pots and cafeterias

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Made up of 1 shallow drawer and 2 deep drawers, to store:

  • Table mats and ornaments
  • Occasion cutlery
  • Occasion crockery
  • Occasion cups and glasses

 Narrow Units

odds and ends.jpgUnit 4

Made up of 4 – 5 shallow drawers to store:

  • Bits and bobs
  • First aid kit
  • Boot polish
  • Sewing kits

 

Location

This zone is best located near to the dining or family area.

This works in many layouts, L-Shape kitchens U- shape kitchens, on the end of peninsular, or at one end of an island, and so on.

Units 3 located either in dining area or at the second unit in on the run – Easy access to items needed in the dining area.

Unit 4 at the end of the run – allowing easy access to items that you may need in other areas of the home - without causing disruption to anything that may be happening with in the 'working' part of the kitchen.

Unit 2 could follow this – again, this allows you and other family members to get drinks with out having to go all of the way through the kitchen and potentially get in the way of anyone preparing or cooking food.

Unit 1 follows on from there – this keeps cutlery near to the dining room but also near to preparation and cooking zones. Also, crockery and food wrap is close to the food serving area and ideally the cleaning area which will include sink, waste disposal and dishwasher.