Is your kitchen getting in the way of your culinary ambitions? A poorly planned cooking space can seriously cramp your style when you’re trying to create delicious dishes for your family and friends. So, if you’re not 100% satisfied with this part of your property, now’s the time to make some changes. Here are four kitchen design features that could make you a better cook.
- Plenty of storage for kitchen essentials
You can’t create edible masterpieces without an array of kitchen essentials. From store cupboard staples including herbs and spices to those all-important gadgets like blenders and mixers, you’ll need plenty of cooking gear. So that you’ll have room to store these must-haves without cluttering up your worktops, you’ll need to make sure you have enough storage.
Don’t worry if your kitchen is a little lacking in space. There are a range of storage solutions available that can help you to take advantage of every square inch. For example, specialist websites including solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk provide corner units complete with wirework carousel baskets and pull-out basket corners that allow you to make the most of awkward areas that may otherwise go unused. Incorporating full-height units into your kitchen design can also help you to squeeze in more storage.
- A good quality cooker and hob
It’s amazing how much of a difference a good quality cooker and hob can make to your culinary efforts. So, whether your hob’s too slow to heat up or your oven’s too small, it’s well worth investing in newer models. Gas hobs are the most responsive, so tend to be chefs’ preferred choice. If you can’t have a gas hob in your kitchen, consider an induction model instead. These appliances are super safe and they’re also highly responsive.
When it comes to your cooker, size matters. A large oven will mean you won’t have to worry about running out of space when you’re cooking up a storm. If you can fit one, why not go for a double oven?
- Lots of surface space
You need plenty of room when you’re slicing, dicing, kneading and mixing, so it’s essential that you have lots of surface space to work on. If you’re kitchen’s big enough, you could add an island unit. This will give you more surface area and, as an added bonus, it’ll provide extra storage space.
If your cooking area is on the smaller side, a savvy way to add more surface area is to lengthen your worktops with a fold-down panel. This will collapse neatly out-of-the-way when you don’t need it.
- Well planned task lighting
You can’t be expected to channel your inner Heston Blumenthal if you can’t see what you’re doing in the kitchen, so some well-planned task lighting is crucial. Make sure that you have direct lighting on any area where you will prepare food, including your worktops and your hob. This will ensure you can chop and cook safely and accurately. Under-cabinet lighting is especially important for this purpose, so make sure you incorporate this into your kitchen design.
On top of your hob, an extractor fan complete with halogen lights can work perfectly, and if you have an island unit, consider hanging pendant lights directly above it.
Having a cleverly designed kitchen with features like these could help you hone your culinary skills. Once you’ve created the perfect cooking area, all that’s left is to find some inspiring recipes and reach for your apron.