I’ve always loved spending time in a kitchen that speaks to me both in design and functionality. As much as I love a small sweet spot in a kitchen for my morning quiet time that is comfortable and beautifully designed with colors and textures that are a treat to the eye; I always pay attention to the functionality of a kitchen as well – which is, unfortunately, generally ignored when a kitchen is being designed in the first place. In fact, that’s the first thing that should be taken care of before going in for the designing and decorating part because on a basic level, its the functionality that serves the purpose of it.
Every cook in the world would love to have a kitchen that super easy to work in – because that just doubles up the joy of cooking. So, that made me thinking of practical ways of improving a kitchen in terms of functionality that are easy and budget friendly too. And by that I do not mean the old classic tip of having sink, cooking range and refrigerator placed in kind of a triangle for easy reaching. That’s something almost every home owner has been aware of; I intend to gather up a few more ideas for that here which can serve the needs of a cook in a kitchen of almost any size and design.
Take a moment to think what your requirements are – better if you take a piece of paper to write that down. Think about the general routine that you carry out everyday (its always good to have one). How do you start a day in kitchen? What things are used firstly? Do you get ready everything first before staring off with the recipe or do you go along while cooking? Do you bake regularly or occasionally? Answering these kind of things would help increasing functionality in your own personal way.
Everything doesn’t need to go in the closet – there are things that are used several times a day like oil, cooking spoons and coffee mugs; they can stay on the countertops for easy reach. The thing to consider is that they should be assigned a specific place and shouldn’t come in the way while cooking.
Add removable extra storage space in corners – Adding extra trolley tables and hanging storage solutions to add customization in a kitchen to cater your particular needs is a favorite tip with me. They can be removed or updated anytime without a major fuss.
There could be so much more to make a kitchen more of a functional place, its a matter of personal style and requirement; but there is always a way to make things better, and that’s what matters most.
On a side note – bring in some greens! They wouldn’t serve in functionality but would definitely make you smile while cooking…