6 Clever Kitchen Design Hacks
When you’re splashing out on having your kitchen designed from scratch, you want it to look beautiful, but there needs to be thought that goes into designing it for ultimate functionality for you and your family.
Your handcrafted kitchen will be designed around you, so this is your chance to get things perfect!
When planning and designing your own kitchen, you need to think about what is most important to you, and how you and your family use the kitchen day-to-day. Here at Mudd & Co we specialise in creating bespoke kitchens and furniture that is as unique as you are.
Whilst there are various finishing touch options to consider, there are also lots of hidden details we can build into your kitchen or furniture, to ensure it works just as perfectly as it looks. We want your kitchen to not only look fantastic, but be a space you love to be in and cook in.
The designers at Mudd & Co can help you to realise exactly what your kitchen should look like and how it should function, but it’s good to have an idea of your needs, and what would make your life easier.
- Are you petite in stature? Would lowered work surfaces make your life easier? When baking, a lot of the hard work you put into kneading dough can be made tougher by not having the surface low enough. Overhead appliances can be brought southwards too, to save teetering on your toes to get in and out of the microwave.
- Do you struggle with certain handle shapes? From earthy wooden knobs, to elegant brushed metal cups and sleek bar handles, we have a stylish range in stock. Accessibility and aesthetics are paramount so choose what suits you – if that’s something different to what we offer, then we will search out a bespoke option for you.
- Moving around the kitchen itself should happen autonomously – for that to happen, you need to think ahead and plan where to place your most used appliances. We’ve touched on a concept called the kitchen work triangle on the blog before. This principle was developed in the early 1940s and was designed to maximise efficiency between the most used spaces in the kitchen. If you’ve seen the film The Founder, you’ll know that the design and functionality of the kitchens in the early days of the international chain McDonald’s were part of its success – unnecessary time spent moving around the kitchen was reduced, improving flow and ultimately, speed.
- We have installed a kitchen recently with a secret plinth built into the kitchen island. When drawn out, the plinth is an extended worktop that reaches closer to the oven, meaning that when lifting out hot, heavy roasting pans from inside, you don’t have far to go to be able to rest the dish.
- Having enough plug sockets can be a crucial part of clever kitchen design too. Not only do you want to make sure you have enough for your appliances, but you want to think about where these appliances will be used and whether you can hide the plug under a ledge or inside a cupboard.
- Ingenious storage solutions can do most of the hard work when it comes to finding a place for everything. One of our favourite parts of designing kitchens is introducing innovative ways to keep drawers and cupboards tidy with minimal effort. Options include spice scoops, tray drawers, chopping slides, pocket doors, spice racks, custom cutlery moulds and much more. There are numerous practical solutions to suit your kitchen needs including deep pan drawers with soft close options, push-release work tops, sliding storage, carousal storage and varying cupboard widths. Even building in dedicated slots for your chopping boards underneath the countertops ends up saving value cupboard space!
Have a look through the images below to show a small sample of past projects where we have implemented some of these design hacks.
There is lots to consider when designing your ideal kitchen, but we are here to help you wade through all the options. We live and breathe bespoke design so we are perfectly suited to guide you through to your dream kitchen.