Declutter your kitchen and make it work for you
From microwaves and toasters, to stools, bins, highchairs and ironing boards, kitchens are crammed full of everything we might need to use on a daily basis. Whether you’re cooking dinner, helping with homework, throwing a dinner party or just having a coffee - your kitchen needs to feel flexible and clutter-free.
Luckily, with just a few rules of thumb, some clever planning, and a selection of our solutions, you can create a kitchen that does everything you need it to – and a little bit more. Our Romesco sink, Pecel magnetic storage and the Soto space tower drawers are all designed with space in mind.
Plan it out
We know that beginning a new kitchen project is a big task. So we’re here to help you create a robust plan that actually works in reality. When we design kitchens, we think about something called the ‘working triangle’. This is the space between the three most used areas of your kitchen (the sink, hob, and fridge.) By making sure that this triangle is spacious, clear and dynamic you’ve already taken a big step towards making sure your kitchen is functional.
If you have enough space, consider adding an island or breakfast bar to your kitchen. It may seem like they take up a lot of space, but they can actually add a lot of storage. Double it up as table, or even place your hob or oven here, giving a sociable open plan feel.
If you have a small kitchen, the way you use your space really matters. By choosing compact, space-saving solutions, multifunctional products and light-reflecting finishes, you can make your kitchen feel more spacious and a whole lot easier to use.
Cabinets & drawers
Once you’ve decided the layout of your kitchen, it’s time to think about the storage and the types of cabinet you want. Each style offers different advantages, from tall wall cabinets that use the whole height of your space, to larder units that can become home to your appliances or be turned into storage towers. With our Caraway cabinet range, you can create a huge amount of combinations to suit your needs. Each cabinet works together seamlessly and lasts a long time.
When choosing your cabinets, try to plan out the ‘zones’ of storage for the different items in your kitchen. From food and perishables to utensils and cleaning supplies, everything needs a place.
The key to this is to make use of your drawers. While many people like to use fewer drawers in their kitchen, they can really boost the amount of easily accessible storage in your kitchen. It’s even easy to create a clean ‘drawer-less’ look with hidden internal drawers. Our Soto drawers are especially useful, with two depths (standard and deep), 100% opening, and soft-close build.
Add the finishing touches
While your overarching plan is crucial to making sure you have an organised kitchen, it can be the little things that make the room perfect. If you want to keep your space flexible, we recommend our Pebre internal storage range and our Romesco sinks. They’ve both been designed to help you make the most of the space you have.
Planning a kitchen around the working triangle
When designing the layout of your kitchen, it’s important to consider the ‘working triangle’ between the cleaning, cooking, and storage areas of your kitchen. By considering this in your design, you can ensure that each point of the triangle can be accessed, and that your kitchen is easy to move around.
To make the time spent in your kitchen easier, try laying it out around the working triangle. You can do this in a few ways:
U or G shape:
By placing one appliance on each side of a U or G-shaped layout you can easily create the perfect working triangle.
Keep at least one of your appliances on the opposite side of the room. This design makes it easy to move between the hob, fridge and sink – great for tight, corridor-style kitchens.
Sinks go great beneath windows, and ovens and fridges work well when closer together.
Fitting a hob on an island counter is a great way to open up the kitchen, and make the whole room feel more sociable.
- The total distance of the triangle (between all three points) should be no more than 5m (with a recommended minimum of 3m)
- The sink should be the easiest to access part of the triangle, as it’s the most used area of the kitchen
Plan your storage space
In every kitchen, there are items that you use daily, some that you use rarely, and – if we’re being honest – some that have sat there doing nothing since you got them.
Whatever you’re storing, it makes sense to organise them accordingly – keeping everyday items to hand and sending obscure utensils to the back of the cupboard. We’ve designed our Caraway cabinets, Soto drawers and Pebre storage solutions to help. They create efficient spaces that give you easy access to everyday items and enough space to store the rest away.
When organising your items, sort them into different ‘zones’ according to what they’re used for:
- Food preparation (wall and base cabinets)
- Small appliances and utensils (wall and base cabinets)
- Cooking (above and below appliances)
- Washing & cleaning (below the sink)
- Food & perishables (in full-height cabinets)
For the most-used items, store them closer to the centre (at the top of base cabinets and bottom of wall cabinets) so they can be easily accessed. Less commonly used items can be stored at the top of wall cabinets and bottom of base cabinets.
When choosing how much storage to build into each zone, consider the following:
- Size of household
- Lifestyle, cooking and eating habits
- Shopping habits – do you bulk-buy dry goods, or need a lot of freezer space?
- Kitchen function – do you entertain guests? Eat in the kitchen?
- Your heights – can everyone reach the top cupboard?
- Does each cabinet need to open on the left or right-hand side?
Pick the perfect cabinets
When choosing cabinets, there are lots of options, depending on what you want to store and the space you have to fill.
- Tall wall cabinets are a great solution for making the most of the space all the way up to your ceiling, offering more storage capacity for items you don’t use so often
- Larder units offer up to 50% more usable storage space than a wall and base cabinet combination by making use of what would otherwise be a worktop or dead space in front of a wall cabinet. They can be used to house appliances, shelves or drawers (as a storage tower) and can be used as single units or as a bank of larders to keep all your food in one place
Make the most of drawers
When planning your kitchen, it’s worth trying to include more drawers than shelves. Drawers help maximise the amount of usable space and make it easier to segregate items with dividers. Investing in more drawers at a base level can reduce the amount you need to bend down to reach things at the back of the cabinet. Plus, it can reduce the amount of wall cabinets you need, while full extension drawers give an easier overview of fiddly items like utensils or plastic containers.
Our Soto drawers offer two drawer heights (standard & deep) that can be used as external or internal ‘hidden’ drawers. Standard height drawers are perfect for cutlery, utensils, and other small items – especially with our Nitaki cutlery trays. Choose deep drawers for pots, pans, dinnerware and plastic containers, as well as bulky food items like cereal or rice.
When deciding how many drawers you want, and in what combinations, it’s important to think about how you want your kitchen to look. Do you want to create a clean, drawer-less look? Our internal fascias make it easy to create different combinations to suit your needs, allowing you to give the impression of a full door while maintaining the advantages of multiple drawers.
With GoodHome Soto drawers, you can also create storage towers – a full-height cabinet full of internal drawers, offering a huge amount of storage that you can tailor to meet your needs. We also have a nifty plinth drawer to help you make use of the unused space below your cabinets.
Once your drawers have been installed, it’s easy to divide them further with the use of our Soto drawer dividers, available in different configurations to suit your needs. Our standard drawers are also compatible with our Nitaki cutlery trays, available in two finishes (plastic and bamboo) in a mix-and-match range that you can pick and choose from to suit the items you need to store.
How to plan a breakfast bar, peninsula, or island
Why create one?
Breakfast bars, peninsulas and islands add another dimension to your kitchen, allowing you to open up the space and make the whole room feel more sociable. They also offer an array of practical benefits to improve your everyday life, such as:
- Access: they allow better access to cupboards, and facilitate movement around the kitchen – especially when used in an open plan layout
- Seating: having seating combined with a kitchen in the form of a breakfast bar or island seating can remove the need for tables and chairs elsewhere in the home
- Storage: they can create extra storage space beneath the countertop
What to consider
When planning a breakfast bar, peninsula or island, consider the following:
- You can use cabinets of various sizes to create islands that make the most of your space, such as using wall cabinets as base cabinets, base cabinets with an overhang, base and wall cabinets back to back, or even two base cabinets
- Allow plenty of distance around the island to give yourself enough space to move around and access all the cabinets – not every kitchen is big enough for a freestanding island
How to make the most of corner space
Every kitchen has corners – and they can be one of the trickiest things to utilise in a room where you want easy access to everything. However, there’s a lot of storage potential in every corner of your kitchen if you utilise them correctly. There are two types of corner in kitchen design terms:
L-shape corners can be used in a base or wall cabinet and allow full access to the contents of the cabinet. A corner post attaches to the door with 170° hinges, so that they can be opened widely. In an L-shape corner on a base cabinet, you can use our Pebre corner carousel to help organise the space, create more storage, and make everything easier to access by simply rotating the shelves.
A blind corner can be used in a base or wall cabinet however it only provides partial access. A corner post attaches to the door with 170° hinges, so that they can be opened widely. In a blind base corner, you have two internal storage options. Our Pebre pull-out corner allows full access to everything in your cupboard, with shelves that attach to the door and swing out of the cupboard. Alternatively, our Pebre space corner offers more storage than the pull out, but does not pull out of the cupboard fully, giving you slightly less access to what’s inside.