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How To Do Hidden Storage

Create calm in the kitchen with concealed elements that hide clutter from view
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 13-11-2021 11:00am

Laurence Pidgeon shares his top tips

Pocket or sliding doors
The advantage of sliding doors is that they are cheaper to produce than pocket doors, easier to install and to service or adjust in situ. Typically, they span cupboards 1800mm or 2400mm in width. The disadvantage is that you can never access the whole unit at one time. The pocket door is relatively new and widely available although still expensive. The doors will retract completely so it is perfect for enclosed workstations.

An island can define your space, forming a neat and transparent division between the working kitchen and the dining and living areas beyond. In its largest form, it can contain the whole work space of the kitchen and can become an arena for all functions, from preparation and cooking to serving and dishwashing, as well as the informal eating/socialising side.

Larders and dressers
These can enclose quite a big volume. We generally make the lower section as deep storage drawers and have a pair of doors on the upper section. This format can have an enclosed workspace inside for the mixer, toaster and blender with plenty of storage above and below and electric sockets and lighting in the back.

Added extras...

- Use a tambour shutter on the work surface to hide away small appliances such as a toaster, kettle and coffee machine while still keeping them close to hand. You can also personalise the interior fittings of your cupboards with everything from spice racks and hanging rails to peg holders and shelving. Mix and match different materials to add visual interest.

- Adapt your storage to suit the different items. If you’re charging up a smartphone or tablet, you can line the base of the drawers with a protective layer that will cushion and prevent any scratches. SieMatic offers a Flock2Block material that does just that. You could also choose a liner with a grooved surface that will stop items from slipping – GripDeck by SieMatic is ideal.

- Islands can also be used to store everyday items with dedicated drawers and cupboards for crockery, cutlery, utensils, spices and dried foods. Even the appliances can be built in with a smart flush-fit gas or induction hob, downdraft extractor hood, dishwasher, wine cooler and fridge drawers. By keeping all the main elements in place, the rest will feel light and airy.

- Extra worktops that slide over sinks can hide away last night’s washing-up while providing additional preparation space instantly. This is especially useful for open-plan and small space kitchen living areas. Hidden microwaves and hot water taps rather than kettles can also help maintain the streamlined look.

Credit: Hayley Gilbert (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 246, October 2016

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