In the design of the kitchen is usually strong enough to think about a sufficient number of outlets. But the next logical step don’t normally do. And if you connect all the devices in these sockets, in the kitchen, not to cook.
Situation: you have a slow cooker here and there to rearrange (where there is a place and a free outlet). And the microwave we have eternal stock of medicines and receipts. I think that kitchen is so small — what can you do…
Designer Natalia Solovieva: “Error — people are just forgetting about the small appliances, and it builds up so much that it does not show any apron or table top. And all the working place employs something small. Always recommend in the design phase to lay out specialist your habits and wishes down to the smallest detail. Do not be afraid to seem tedious, because you then have many years to live in this space”.
How do the designers: design a kitchen from the inside out. That is, first write a list of what should be in the kitchen (to store, to connect, to work). How should this be accommodated with the requirements of installation, ergonomics, convenience for the customer. And then how it will be implemented outside: in any materials, finishes, what were the specific appliances.
Often in a new kitchen, moved the existing dishes and equipment. Because it is easier to customize the cabinets underneath the filling, and not Vice versa. Otherwise, even small appliances will have to buy again, but from something familiar, probably even to give up.
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Designer Elena Berezhnaya: “it is important to build a kitchen on the basis of existing appliances or the willingness of the client to have this technique. Usually people paint beautiful kitchen with narrow facades, place on the countertop back to back, buy, and then get upset. After installation, it turns out that the microwave has nowhere to go and even bought the slow cooker, slicer and coffee maker”.
You act like
Step 1. Make a complete list of small kitchen appliances that you already purchased or planned to purchase.
Step 2. Select from this list the devices which must be kept permanently connected to the network (coffee maker, microwave, kettle, toaster, etc.). And devices that are stored on the shelf and are used from time to time: plugged in — used — washed and cleaned. We call them conditional devices of the first and second type.
Devices type I: Always connected into the socket
Step 3. Decide whether near the instrument to keep the “consumables” for it to work. Those capsule coffee makers can also take a seat on the countertop. You can send them in a drawer nearby. And for this, the corresponding box it is necessary to consider at the planning stage of the kitchen.
Write down all the wishes: from the preferences on storage of coffee beans to the desired proximity to the water.
Step 4. Decide whether all these devices are really necessary.
Designer Irina Popovskaya: “When the technique takes all the available space, and the working area does not remain, the solution may be rethinking whether all necessary kitchenware in the kitchen? If Yes, second question: are you ready morally and financially to the upgrading / alteration of kitchen cabinets. The rejection of the unit usually comes out cheaper.”
Step 5. Plan a special kitchen section under technique.
For small household appliances decision can be a so-called garage shelving. The point is that technology is no longer on the table and takes no space. But it is on a shelf rack to use, conveniently assembled, connected and ready to work.
In the example in the photo — the garage is equipped on the base of the retractable shelves. If you plan to repeat the idea — calculate the load on the shelf in the extended state of the load (filled the bowl of the food processor, the water tank in the coffee maker, etc.).
So it is possible: Garage for kettle and other kitchen machines
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Step 6. Hang, hide in a niche. A better — build.
Microwave on the countertop (as well as on the windowsill) is fast becoming a very necessary warehouse receipts, medicines, etc. it is Wiser to buy a built in model. Or leave in the closet section and put the microwave on the shelf in the manner of built-in. Dozens of options you will find in the article from the link below.
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Question: Where to put the microwave in the kitchen
Step 7. Replace “two in one” all that is possible.
It is clear that this method of raschleneniya countertops almost the most expensive. But the devices-alternatives great free up space on the table. The mixer, which boils water instead of the kettle. Or he — cleans, cools and aerates it instead of the filter of the jug, siphon and ice maker on the refrigerator door. Microwave combined with an oven. Coffee maker with built in grinder. The list goes on.
Think if you can find an option of “two in one” instead of the device, which should always stand on the countertop?
Devices type II: Stored in the cupboard used once a week and less
Such devices are usually kept “for parts”. And somewhere in a place that get them don’t always want (laziness). One gets the impression that the technique “out of the closet” is not really needed.
First, it will be stored on the kitchen shelf or in the depths of the wardrobe. Then begin to interfere among the pots and pans. And gradually will move to the balcony or the mezzanine, where it is a straight road to “Avito”.
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Fact: You’ll be more likely to use those devices that will be kept connected and ready for operation.
What to do
1. Understand whether the device is in your life so that you are ready for him to spend money modifying the kitchen?
2. Are you ready to liberate space for storing the collected device in the kitchen drawer? The same assembled food processor can take the locker entirely (unlike dismantled for parts).
3. Are you ready to replace the standard shelf for lifting and pull-out section (as pictured)? This is a good method of storage.
Alternatively, you can replace the device on the built-in counterpart. For example, detached slicer (instrument with a knife set that is stored in a giant box) prefer built-in drawer slicer. Imagine, what instrument to use will be, and what stop to get.
Built-in are not only exotic, but also quite a common appliances: a steamer or kitchen scale.
Pros and cons: Built-in appliances
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Step 8. Check for dirt and steam.
In your list of devices will find those that soar in the process: kettle, table blender, slow cooker, rice cooker, etc.
Such devices cannot be left right under the kitchen cabinets — they will crack. Think about where your kitchen will be a place to connect floating devices. Even talking about a couple of hours.
Look at the photo: the kettle so that the steam from it does not damage the facade from above
Separately write down the devices for dirty jobs (mixer, food processor, juicer). With them work well on the wing of the sink or countertop near the sink.
Important: make Sure that the countertop for the dirty work and there’s enough socket outlets. If the countertop is a solid spot size no — turn washer to the washing centre (pictured below). And then all the dirty operation can be carried out in it.
IT’S YOUR TURN…
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