There are plenty of stylish, high-tech products on the market but to have a super-functional kitchen in your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford home all comes down to clever planning, long-lasting materials and getting the basics right. So what are the super-functional must-haves for any new kitchen?
A well-zoned layout is a good place to start, it’s essential to creating a functional and user-friendly kitchen. First group everything in your kitchen into one of five categories: consumables such as chilled and dried foods, non-consumables such as crockery and glassware, cleaning, preparation and cooking. Then plan your kitchen so that everything in each of these categories can be located in one zone.
Your preparation zone needs lots of bench space and should be surrounded by cabinets that store chopping boards, utensils and mixing bowls. Likewise, your cleaning zone should include the sink, dishwasher, waste disposal system and storage for cleaning products. Zoning optimises workflow in the kitchen.
A good bin set up is also an essential element of a super-functional kitchen with a multi-container bin that allows for recycling and separation of waste. Position your sink in between your bin drawers and dishwasher to make it easier to clean up and to empty, rinse and then stack your dishwasher.
Fit-for-purpose high quality materials and hardware make sense when choosing your products .High-quality materials not only ensures the longevity and long-term functionality of your kitchen both physically and aesthetically, but they also tend to require less maintenance.
Reconstituted stone benchtops are a strong and attractive choice, while laminate-on-ply benchtops and cupboards are not only hardwearing and durable, but also aesthetically versatile. European stainless-steel hardware is also as an easy-to-clean, hard-working choice that will maintain its shine and performance in the long term.