Welcome to Quiet the Clutter, part 3 of a five-part series on A Quiet Kitchen design.
We demand a lot of our busy, active kitchens: food storage, meal prep, cooking, cleaning, gathering, eating, entertaining, even homework. And storing sooooo much stuff! With today’s open floor plans, what happens in the kitchen is also happening in every living space in the house. For your new kitchen, let’s design a space that can do it all, without the clamor. Leave the noisy world outside and reach for calm in a quiet kitchen design. If you don’t think you’re ready to take this on alone, no problem. A professional UltraCraft kitchen designer near you will be happy to help. They’re the experts!
There are five parts to A Quiet Kitchen: Quiet Look, Quiet Motion, Quiet the Clutter, Quiet Lighting, and Quiet the Noise. In the next few weeks, watch for parts four and five. Read on for Part 3: Quiet the Clutter. Click here for Part 1: Quiet Look.
Part 3: Quiet the Clutter
If the first rule of kitchen design is efficient function, then the second rule must be effective storage. And for a quiet kitchen, effective means off the countertops. We love kitchen stuff: tools and gadgets, countertop appliances, cookware, cleaning supplies, cloth and paper towels, dinner ware and serving dishes, food storage containers and, of course, food. And every bit of it belongs silently stored behind a door, or in a drawer.
Countertop Hogs: Small Appliances
Never complain again about visible clutter or limited counter space. Plan for small appliances to have their own quiet places. Let’s begin with an Appliance Garage; an upper cabinet that reaches down to and sits on the countertop. Lift the lower door and park coffeemakers and super blenders out of sight, but within daily reach. That multi-tasking mixer that is too heavy to lift gets its very own base cabinet with a built-in lifter that becomes its own extra counterspace. Sexy, right? Where to put the food pro, the slow cooker, the pressure cooker, the rice cooker, the ice cream maker, the air fryer, …? Sorry Alton Brown, we’re keeping our unitaskers and hibernating them in handy pull-outs and deep drawers.
Speaking of Drawers
The first thing that should be put in a base cabinet is… as many drawers as possible. And inside every drawer should be the organization system that best suits its assigned task. With peg systems, moving box systems, cutlery systems, spice systems, even systems for storing knives and koffee pods, never suffer a junk drawer search again. We have drawers inside drawers (2-Tiers) or drawers behind doors (Pull-outs). There are also special drawers that hold trash and recycle bins. Instead of the overwhelmed decorative bowl on the countertop, reserve a “bread bin” drawer for bread, chips, and snacks. Bye bye carb corner.
Bye Bye Unused Storage Space
Waste not, want not. The far reaches of corner cabinets are just that: too far to reach. Make them serviceable with lazy Susans and innovative swing-out shelving. UltraCraft also offers a clever system to lower high shelves for easier access. How’d they do that?
Don’t have a pantry? We have a cab for that. Spice racks that hide in 3-inch-wide spaces between cabinets. Storage racks that pull out of base cabinets to hold cooking oils, utensils, knives, and cookie sheets. Then there are PANTRIES. Tall cabinets decked out from floor to ceiling and on the backs of doors with storage racks or shelves that pull-out so you can see everything at once. Better than a walk-in pantry, these step out to meet you.
Of all the “noise” in a kitchen, clutter may be the hardest to hush. Stuff expands to fill a void and a clear countertop is an easy victim. But by creating a place in your new kitchen for everything you want to keep, you will be designing in order, peace, and quiet.
What are you waiting for? Visit your local UltraCraft designer’s showroom today!
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Quiet Motion is just one part of a quiet kitchen design. Watch for our next installment, Part 4: Quiet Lighting.
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