Balduin Fuchs. Kitchen. September 24th , 2017.
Most modern homes simply do not have enough space for a walk-in pantry and in most cases; homeowners simply do not need so much of storage space anyway. A cabinet pantry takes up a lot less space and offers you lot more centralized storage room. This means you have all you need just an arm’s length away and unlike in case of the walk-in pantry, it is not a constant trip up the ladder to find something on the top shelf. Sure, there is the added expense of turning one of your kitchen shelves into a pantry, but accommodating one into your existing kitchen does help immensely. Since we are dealing with space-savvy pantry ideas, it is important to remember that the traditional walk-in pantry or the cabinet pantry in the kitchen are not the only options. Sometimes that forgotten nook under the stairway next to the kitchen, an unused mudroom cabinet next to kitchen or the laundry room storage nook can also act as a cool pantry. Just think about customizing the space, adding exactly the shelves you need (think beyond just shelves and turn to baskets or even bar carts) and the right lighting can turn a boring niche into a fabulous pantry.
Danish company Reform specialises in hacking and redesigning IKEA kitchens. Offering a number of smart designs, Reform collaborates with Danish and internationally acclaimed architects and designers, to ‘reform’ the fronts and countertops of IKEA’s various kitchen models. Architect and design studios include BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Norm, Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm and Henning Larsen. Reform’s focus on minimalism, aesthetic presentation, functionality and longevity, works to ensure its IKEA kitchen hacks will endure. New company Plykea launched a series of birch ply doors and worktops that can be attached to IKEA’s ‘Metod’ kitchen cupboards. Digital product designer Tim Diacon wanted a speedy way in which to create a handsome kitchen on a finite budget. Already possessing an IKEA kitchen, Tim searched for a company that could make a set of birch ply fronts. Unsuccessful in his quest, Tim turned to his friend Adam Vergette for help—Adam is a furniture designer and a one-time production worker with Vitsœ. The two men hatched a plan to create an online service that would provide reasonably priced bespoke plywood doors, drawer fronts, worktops and cover panels for IKEA kitchen cabinets: and so Plykea was born.
A light wooden countertop carries the gentleness that gives your kitchen a fresh, elegant and stylish appearance. Ideal for bright white kitchens, this choice of wood has a unique charm! Its warm but minimalist look has the power to make any space around itself friendly and cheery – perfect for a family kitchen! Paired with white kitchen cabinets and backsplash tiles, the light wooden countertop is the element that stands out and adds charm to the elegant and simplistic interior. A big kitchen island takes a lot of space, therefore it calls for a brighter shade of wood for the countertop to balance out the room and make it feel open. Simultaneously you get a vast working surface which is something every amateur chef can appreciate! The simplicity of wood has no match. This wooden countertop doesn’t need any extra decorative elements to be beautiful or noticeable; its bare look stands out enough on its own!
Some details of kitchen design seem all too obvious and get our attention instantly. Then there are features that we consider add-ons and yet make a big difference to our kitchen both in terms of aesthetics and ergonomics. The pantry is undoubtedly one such space. Most of us go about planning for a pantry without much thought. It is only after you have lived with one for a few weeks do you realize that this storage space requires as much attention to detail and functionality as rest of the kitchen. From providing a space to stock food in those ultra-chilly winter days when you might get snowed in to keeping the kitchen organized a pantry does it all! Space is often the biggest constraint when homeowners start planning for a pantry. But even in the most congested and tiny home, there is always a nook that can be turned into the pantry. Sometimes it sits right there in the kitchen and on other occasions we need to look elsewhere to find some precious shelf space. But with a hint of ingenuity and right planning, you can design an efficient pantry that serves most of your needs.
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