As homeowners, we are always looking for that next solution when it comes to making better use of the available space that we have. Invariably, as our families grow and we gather more possessions, there will be less available space inside our homes. Much of this space can, however, be better used by storing away items that do not need to be on show. They are not necessarily aesthetically pleasing to the eye and just add clutter. This is because they are items that only have a practical purpose.
Our kitchen area is a typical example of an area in our home where better use can be made of space. Not only do we potentially have the cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer to find a home for, but we also have items such as pots and pans to accommodate. So, in this article, we shall consider the best kitchen cabinets available along with other space-saving ideas for you to consider.
So, what should we be looking for in a kitchen cabinet? Well, they should have solid frames, closed backs, and corners that have been reinforced. You will be opening their doors and drawers a lot of times, so they should operate quietly and smoothly. Aesthetically, the wood of the cabinet should have a nice grain. It should also have a smooth finish.
Inside kitchen cabinets, you will want to store cooking utensils, spices, oils, vinegar, the condiments that you commonly use, and some foods such as breakfast cereals. For best use of kitchen space, you should only store in these cabinets’ items related to cooking and food. Also, have your kitchen designed so that you have both high and low cabinets to make use of all the available space. Consider that the items you use least should be in the higher-to-reach cabinets and that anything you want to keep away from children should also be stored in these cabinets.
The style of the handles that you choose for your kitchen cabinets should not only be functional but be a pleasing choice to look at, and most importantly, all match. One of the best types of wood for kitchen cabinets is red oak. It is strong, durable, and inexpensive to buy. It is also available in a range of finishes and styles. Its pronounced grain pattern is a look most often preferred by those wanting a traditional cabinet style.
The only thing you now have to decide is whether to do the job yourself, to help your budget, or arrange for a professional to fit your kitchen cabinets. This will ensure that work is carried out to a high standard and be something that you will want to look at every day. Also, a professional fitter will make sure that there are no gaps, that everything fits well together, and that the best use of space is achieved.
This can be in any room. It does not need to have anything to do with sharing a bed or laughing at a comedy on TV, it can be about an item of furniture serving two purposes. For example, a storage chest or trunk could be used to store items inside and also act as a tabletop to lay food on. You could also play games on top of it. That is if you go for a design that has a flat top rather than a domed one. Also, it could act as an extra seat for guests to sit on.
Metamorphic furniture can also save on space when it can morph into another use. This is furniture that appears to have a single function yet will convert, with ease, into a piece of furniture that has a different appearance and function. Some examples include pianos or sofas that turn into beds, a sofa that becomes a bathtub, and bookshelves that will turn into tables. Tables used for eating off can also turn into gaming tables. For instance, a table can swivel round to reveal a chessboard painted on its other side.
In a kitchen situation, a table can have a dual purpose in that it can be used for food preparation and for eating off.
Built-in Wardrobes and Shower Cubicles
A built-in wardrobe will create more space in the bedroom, whilst a shower is a way of saving space in your bathroom. A relaxing bath may be missed, though, so this is not a decision to take lightly. A power shower will, however, help relax your muscles, that might have previously benefitted from a long, hot soak in a bathtub. Having a bath does take up more of your time than showering.
Wall- Mounted Viewing
Walls do not have to be just for pictures and artwork, they can also house your television screen. A free-standing TV will take up more room. The technology of flatter widescreen TVs has made hanging them on the wall possible and should be embraced in every way when it comes to making better use of space within your living room.
In summary, there is much that can be done to save space within a home. Starting in the kitchen with the cabinets that store our cooking utensils and ending up in other rooms where furniture can serve two purposes, built-in wardrobes can provide more space in a bedroom, a shower can replace a bath, and where a wall-mounted TV will take up less space than a free-standing one. Look around the homes of others and see how they are better at using their space. If they are not, then be a real friend and share some of these tips with them.