Each client will have different accessory needs based on how they use their kitchen. But what about the basics? Are there any “must-have” accessories for the kitchen? Well for me, I consider no kitchen complete unless I’ve addressed the following storage issues: food, utensils and waste.
Food: The kitchen is all about food. Sometimes storing food is simply about using the wall cabinets closest to the fridge. But what about longer term items? The pantry or larder is more common in the kitchens I do thanks to bulk buying and warehouse stores.
In order to make a deep, wide pantry more useful I include at least a couple roll-out shelves. Instead of reaching way back into the pantry, the shelves can be pulled out for easy access. There are many other, more elaborate pantry systems on the market like the Kessebohmer Tandem Depot, but these are more costly and require a more technical installation.
I use the "spice steps" pictured here at home. They take a single shelf's worth of spices and spread them out so they're easier to see. No more pulling out 10 jars to find the basil! A similar insert is available for your drawers. I'm not as big a fan because it restricts you to the size of spice jars you can use. But if you have the "correct" sized jars, it works quite well.
The lower tray comes out when the drawer is opened, and top layer is accessed with a touch latch mechanism. Whether you use the top layer for your good cutlery or extra chopsticks (like I do) you get twice as much storage in the same amount of space.
Choose your waste storage based on how much waste your kitchen produces, but keep in mind that the larger the waste bin, the more likely you’ll be dealing with the smell of garbage. The swing-out unit shown here is 20 litres in volume. A family of four will need to empty is about once every other day.
Keep in mind, these are the accessories I consider essential. There are many other accessories out there I use quite often. If you click on the "Accessories" category over in the right column you can see some I've already discussed. If there's one you like, or would like to know more about, leave me a comment below and I'll address it in a future post.