Tired of unnecessary items clogging your benchtop? Frustrated because you can’t find a utensil when you most need it?
We’ve all been there, and at Rosemount Kitchens in Melbourne we know how much messy kitchens drive our customers crazy. It’s one of the prime reasons they decide to renovate.
Which brings us to arguably the most important factor in keeping your kitchen as clean and tidy as the ones in those sparking magazine photos … storage.
Storage keeps out the clutter
Storage might sound boring but take it from us – if you maximise your available space with today’s innovative storage solutions, you’re well on your way to a clutter-free kitchen that will always be a pleasure to spend time in.
Some key points:
No two kitchens are the same so first establish how much space you have.
How often do you cook and for how many? The more of each, the more storage space you’ll need.
It’s important to make the most of limited and unused space, and make it easier to access hard-to-reach corners.
Keep everything organised and in its right place. For example, make sure your cutlery drawer is close to the sink and dishwasher.
Find places for appliances and other items that would otherwise clutter bench space.
Clutter is a great word. It’s an onomatopoeia, meaning the sound of the word is just like the meaning.
And kitchen designers know it well, because clutter – or more importantly the absence of it – is something that’s vital to creating a space their clients will love.
Key to achieving this is to maximise and organise every bit of available storage space.
And the ways of doing so are simply mind-boggling.
Check out some great options below that might inspire you to transform your kitchen into a pleasure-filled clutter-free zone.
Pantries have come a long way since they were first used as a place for keeping food protected and cool.
For example, in bigger kitchens a butlers pantry can be a separate room and “work space”, allowing the main kitchen area to be used primarily as a living or entertaining space.
In smaller kitchens we’ve often designed a pantry, sometimes situated behind sliding or bi-folding doors, that’s home to food and appliances like the toaster, kettle and microwave – keeping the main benches clean and uncluttered.
When you don’t have space for a larger pantry, consider easy-to-access innovative shelving within your cabinetry. These tall and slender options allow you to access food and dry goods before sliding out of sight back into the cabinet.
Great examples are Hafele’s TANDEM pantry unit and Blum’s SPACE TOWER. Instead of shelves, the latter has individual pull outs with high sides that allow you to fill up pantry drawers with provisions. They also extend fully and provide access from all sides.
Blum’s AMBIA-LINE internal dividing system is also fantastic for keeping all the items in your pantry organised.
Fantastic accessories like the ORGA-LINE crockery holders make life so much easier – for example, allowing you to take out and put away plates in one go rather than one at a time.
Hafele’s family of CONVOY cabinets are also terrific for organising, effortlessly sliding in and out of view when required.
Check out the video below in which Mark explains the pantries Rosemount designed and installed for one of our customers in Sandringham.
Most kitchens waste the valuable space in corner cupboards because they’re so difficult to access.
That’s not the case when you use Blum or Hafele’s wide range of corner systems – including the LeMans II and Magic Corner units that make the idea of hard-to-reach completely redundant.
These innovative systems transform the storage space and how we use modern kitchens. They’re not only clever and space-creating, but strong as an ox – with shelves that’ll hold up to 25kg in weight.
The LeMans II corner solution from Hafele Kessebohmer.
The Magic Corner is super-smart. It has two complete storage units attached to one another in a single corner cabinet. One is secured to the inside of the door and on opening automatically pulls the other one forward in a seamless motion, meaning all of the available space is used.
Check out this video, in which Mark demonstrates Hafele’s LeMans II system and TANDEM pantry unit.
This was our first time renovating, so it’s fair to say there was a little bit of trepidation on our part. But our experience was very positive and we’re thrilled with our new kitchen.
I’m sure we could have done our reno cheaper (although we did have a more expensive quote), but we couldn’t have done it better or had a smoother trouble free experience with such great trades and final result.
Rosemount were by far the best of the trades we dealt with in our whole renovation, and continue to be. And we had a great kitchen designer who was clearly excited about doing something a bit different and edgier. He really brought some of my ideas in the kitchen to life.
I just love this kitchen. It’s worked out perfectly. We had a builder working on the rest of the house and he couldn’t believe how well the kitchen was made and put in, and the after sales service from Rosemount was fantastic.
We’re thrilled with how the kitchen renovation has turned out. It’s gone from the darkest to the lightest room in the house. It looks so beautiful and I just love it.
Rosemount made this an easy and mostly seamless undertaking for us and the results are significantly better than we anticipated. To say we are delighted with our new kitchen is a gross understatement. It is just sensational.
Sue and Howard Epstein
Our designer was just fantastic. He wanted our kitchen to come to fruition as much as we did.
People love the kitchen, and are blown away with the transformation. And for me it’s not just beautiful, every part is so functional.
Rosemount’s service was outstanding from start to finish. We love our new kitchen and couldn’t be happier with the experience we had. I would highly recommend Rosemount without hesitation.
Our decision to contract Rosemount resulted in a high end result, within budget and on time. The company’s wonderful team had the expertise, experience and dedication to guide the project from start to finish making the renovation a great experience and not a burden.
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