The kitchen is often considered to be the heart of the home, as it’s the place where we all come together to connect and spend quality time with each other over morning coffees and family meals. However, as cooking also requires plenty of appliances, tools, and smaller accessories, kitchens tend to be quite busy and cluttered areas as well, which only makes preparing meals or finding that necessary gadget a more stressful and time-consuming process. To that end, whether you wish to design a boomer-friendly kitchen for the future, or you simply need a more attractive and functional space, here are some smart and unique additions that will help to transform your kitchen:
Updating sinks and faucets
One of the easiest ways to achieve a more functional kitchen without much work and investment is to think about your sink and the faucets. If you simply wish to update the decor, a wonderful Belfast sink can effortlessly create that beautiful classic decor, while a granite option might help to modernize the space. While changing the faucets to a copper, brass, or bronze alternative might help to add an impactful design element, a functional kitchen will also need additional elements such as a boiling water tap to help cut down on necessary cooking time.
Installing water pedals
Whether you need to adapt your kitchen to be more senior-friendly, or you simply wish to make cooking a simpler and less messy process, there are a number of smart and efficient improvements you could make. For instance, you can install plumbing pedals underneath your sink, and use your feet to turn the faucet on – cold water, hot water, or both. Apart from making your kitchen a more accessible space, water pedals will also allow you to overcome the problem of unnecessarily creating an even bigger mess in the kitchen when turning the tap on with messy hands.
Using a mobile prep station
Having a designated meal prepping station can often help to speed up the prepping process and make cooking that much simpler, but most people like to keep their butcher’s blocks out of sight, mostly due to aesthetic purposes. If this is the case with you as well, there might be a great solution to this issue. You can opt for a mobile kitchen cabinet with wheels, which has a built-in butcher’s block at the top. That way, you can easily pull out your prep station when needed, and keep it tucked away under the kitchen island or another free corner when it’s not in use.
If you like to cook and experiment with new dishes, investing in new, specialized appliances is a wonderful way to make your kitchen a bit more functional and efficient. For example, you can choose a high-quality wok burner that is portable and versatile enough to be used anywhere, while being incredibly easy to use and maintain. Not only can such an appliance effortlessly be fitted onto your kitchen countertop, but it will also make preparing dishes quicker and more precise, thus turning cooking into an incomparably more enjoyable experience.
Making an appliance cabinet
If you have a stand mixer or a larger blender, you’ll be aware of just how much precious countertop space these appliances take up, even though they are quite helpful in everyday cooking. In order to clear out your countertops, it might be a good idea to build a designated mixer shelf or even an open cabinet where you can keep your larger appliances. That way, your tools will be accessible enough that you can effortlessly pull them out when you wish to prepare fresh smoothie recipes or your favorite cake batter, while having them neatly stored away when they’re not in use.
Finding a place for accessories
From rolling pins and cutting boards to plastic and foil food wraps, most kitchens are filled with accessories and other smaller items. And even though these items are needed for everyday cooking and meal prepping, they are often messy, unorganized, and simply take up necessary space. In an effort to keep your kitchen a bit more neat and tidy, you might want to think about installing a designated drawer with dividers for rolling pins and food wraps, use metal storage racks as cutting board organizers, or even build a thin pull-out pantry to help you organize all your kitchen accessories.
Although kitchens can often be difficult to update without a complete overhaul, the unique additions mentioned above will have hopefully inspired you to create a more beautiful, practical, and functional space without much time, money, or effort.
This guest post was graciously provided by Robert Clayton. Robert is a blogger with a degree in engineering based in Sydney. His interests and passions include DIY, green technologies and home improvement. He also loves good food, music, dogs and enjoys spending time by the ocean. He’s a regular contributor for Smooth Decorator, An Australian Home improvement website.