Practical Accessories and Tips

PRACTICAL ACCESSORIES AND TIPS

Cherie Michaud, the wife of a cabinet maker, provides practical tips on making a new or older kitchen a functional space.

A kitchen can be beautiful, but since it is the busiest room in your home, it should also be a practical and functional space. Drawing from years of designing amazing kitchens for clients as well as personal experiences as a wife and mom, Cherie has gathered many design tips and suggestions for kitchen accessories that will help you create a kitchen that works for you and your busy family.

TIP #1: SPICE ORGANISER

Spices should be placed beside your stove for easy acces when cooking. This can be done by placing the spice pullout or organizer either in a drawer beside the stove or in a cabinet above the stove.

TIP#2: CUPBOARD ABOVE FRIDGE

That 24 inch deep cupboard above your fridge is generally useless because it is large and inaccessible. Use otherwise wasted space by adding tray dividers to the cabinet. It is a great place to store large cookie sheets and serving platters.

TIP#3: POT AND PAN DRAWER

Every kitchen needs a pot and pan drawer. This will make it easy to access even your heaviest cast iron pan. Tupperware and casserole dishes also work well in these highly functional drawers. No more crouching and reaching to the back of a cabinet!

TIP#4: CUTLERY DRAWER

The cutlery drawer should be beside the dishwasher or sink. This makes unloading your dishwasher or putting away your clean cutlery a snap.

TIP#5: COFFEE STATION

Are you a coffee drinker? Then you need a dedicated coffee station. This drawer or shelf is the perfect place to store all of your coffee necessities. Even non coffee drinkers will appreciate this feature for when they are entertaining.

TIP#6: CORNER CABINETS

Base corner cabinets are great for your larger, less frequently used items such as your roasting pan, electric grill, popcorn maker. A lazy susan is not as functional in this space because items often fall off the back and get lost or stuck.

TIP#7: GARBAGE PULLS

Garbage pull outs are so convenient when placed by your sink or prep area. What a great way to keep your busy kitchen tidy and clean.

TIP#8: DISHES

Consider putting dishes in drawers, instead of in upper cabinets. Why? This is a great solution for people with back or shoulder injuries, the elderly and also for children who are ready to help set the table!

TIP#9: FREQUENTLY USED COOKING UTENSILS

Frequently used cooking utensils such as spatulas, flippers and garlic crushers belong in a top drawer beside the stove. Accessibility makes cooking easier and more enjoyable!

TIP#10: CONSIDER A REVEAL KITCHEN

Consider a reveal kitchen, which is a kitchen without knobs and handles and instead doors and drawers are accessed by using the notched space behind the cabinet or drawer face. Not only does this create a space that has a clean and modern look, but it is also easier to clean and you have less fingerprints on the front of the cabinets.

TIP#11: DRAWER INSIDE THE DRAWER

Is your Tupperware drawer a mess of lids and containers? Try a smaller drawer inside the main drawer that will store your lids. A space saver, and a time saver too!

TIP#12: OVERHEAD HOOD FAN AND MICROWAVE COMBO

Space deprived? Consider an overhead hood fan and microwave combo. This will save you valuable counter space, and keep your space looking clean and uncluttered.

Tip #13: Single Sinks vs Double Sinks

I prefer the single sinks because I can soak my large casserole dish.

Tip #14 – Pull the Toaster Out

Pull the Toaster to the front edge of the counter top. This will eliminate the vinyl door melting problem.