Unlike larger appliances such as ovens and cooktops within your kitchen, the placement of small appliances such as kettles, toasters, microwaves and coffee machines is more flexible and should reflect the way you use them. Popular options include placing them out on display on bench space or concealed in a walk-in or butler’s pantry.
If you don’t have a walk-in or butler’s pantry and don’t want your small appliances out where everyone can see them, an appliance hutch can be a great option- keeping them within easy reach while being tucked away out of view when not in use.
Consider your fridge placement (and which way it opens).
One of the most important appliances within your kitchen, your fridge’s placement will largely depend on the layout of your kitchen. Ideally you will want to place your fridge by a bench space to allow for quick and efficient grocery loading and unloading. Typically we recommend placing a fridge on one end of a bank of cabinetry and have it open on the side that allows for easy movement and use within your layout.
Don’t forget power points.
Your kitchen includes numerous appliances – from fridges to ovens, microwaves, kettles and coffee machines. What do they all have in common- they require power points. While this may seem obvious, we like to pay attention to where each appliance will be placed and ensure that power points are in the right place for them- and that you have enough in your space.
Aside from appliances, your kitchen is the gathering place in your home. You may conduct work sitting at the island bench, or help your children with their homework while prepping dinner. Placing a power point on the island bench will allow for easy charging of laptops and phones. If you want a sleek look consider placing a powerpoint within a drawer to you charge phones and tablets out of sight.
Locate a bin below the chopping space.
If you watched The Block during Kitchen Week, the you would have heard the judges talking about the importance of the ‘cleaning zone’ within a kitchen which includes a bin (or two). Essentially the cleaning zones works in tandem with the prep zone, meaning that if you place your bin under the benchtop where you do the majority of your food prep, you can easily move any food waste straight into the bin without having to pick it up and rush over to another part of the kitchen and hope that you don’t drop or spill anything on the way.
Pay attention to lighting.
Often a forgotten element of your kitchen design, your lighting scheme is actually very important and affects both the style and functionality of the room. We have a number of options for lighting up your kitchen. LED downlights are great for lighting up prep and chopping zones within your kitchen, and can also be placed within cabinets with our Broadline Glass to illuminate the contents. Our Flexy LED Strip lighting can be placed below wall cabinets to light up splashbacks and cooktop zones, as well below kickboards to create a floating effect.
The above gives a glimpse into what you and your Freedom Kitchens will discuss and implement for your kitchen design, creating the perfect kitchen to suit you, your style, family and budget.
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