Space-Saving Cabinet Design in Smaller Kitchens

For many people, the idea of a dream kitchen conjures up images of a vast space, bright and airy, and with enough storage space to ensure there is never any clutter. While this may be the fantasy, the reality is that, for most of us, the kitchen will often be smaller than we would prefer.

That doesn’t mean that it can’t still be an inviting, clutter-free space that we still want to cook and socialize in as often as we can. To help achieve this, bespoke cabinet design performs two roles.

By adding real beauty that perfectly suits the style of your home and incorporating innovative storage concepts that help maximize space, custom cabinet design has already helped countless homeowners to stop wishing for a larger kitchen.

By taking advantage of smartly designed cabinets and utilizing other space-saving tips, even the smallest kitchens can be made to look and feel more spacious than they really are.

The space race

Incorporating innovations such as diagonally sliding corner drawers or pullout shelves means bespoke cabinet design can already maximize the kitchen space available. However, to really make the most of what you have, it’s a good idea to occasionally see if you really need it all.

By going through your utensils and appliances with a critical eye and removing what you haven’t used for a long time or are unlikely to use again, the space saved can be put to far better use by items that are currently cluttering your countertops.

However full your cabinets may be, they will never make your kitchen feel small. Visible clutter will. Ensuring no space is wasted in your cabinetry will help to keep your smaller kitchen more orderly, which in turn helps with the feeling of space.

Countering clutter

While bespoke cabinet design can help to boost storage space, and only storing what you need helps to maximize it further, it may still be impossible to fit everything in there. For clutter still left on the countertop of a smaller kitchen, other space-saving methods may be necessary.

Bare walls can certainly help to create a feeling of space in a kitchen when everything else is in order, but sometimes they are better utilized as an extra storage option.

Pot racks can be wall mounted to help keep countertops uncluttered while similar solutions can be found for utensils and other items. Metallic strips for knives are unobtrusive and safe while small wooden shelves can be used for spice jars.

Finding alternative storage spaces for as many items as possible will keep your smaller kitchen looking as spacious as it can, helping to accentuate the bespoke cabinet design even further.

Cabinetry that conceals

Whether bespoke cabinet design or not, the primary use of any cabinetry is to conceal and keep your kitchen tidy. For most people, this means appliances and utensils. However, with uniquely imagined features bringing more versatility to modern kitchen designs, it’s now possible to add larger pieces of furniture to smaller kitchens.

Alcoves built into a counter can turn it into a part-time breakfast bar, with the stools concealed when not in use. Cabinet design is also seeing more roll-out cabinets or tables that can be put back in their own recess when not in use. Wall-mounted drop-down tables are another great space-saving idea that can be incorporated in the bespoke cabinets of a smaller kitchen.

While many people’s vast, bright and airy dream kitchen may not yet be a reality for them, there’s no reason why a smaller space has to be any more cluttered. With the innovation brought by bespoke cabinet design and the implementation of a few further space-saving tips, even the smallest kitchens can be made into places you’ll want to cook and socialize in as much as possible.

Electrical Safety Tips – Being a Responsible Home Owner

Ensuring that your home is electrically safe is vital for keeping your loved ones and property away from dangers such as electrical house fires, electrocution and other such accidents.

Electricity is dangerous and can be lethal when not treated with the due care and respect. If you aren’t familiar with the way domestic electrical systems and appliances work, it is absolutely crucial to use the services of a qualified electrician, and not do any of the check-ups, maintenance and repairs on your own as this may result in serious injury and extensive property damage caused by fires and explosions.

Some of the tell-tale signs of faults and issues in the average house electrical system are:

  • Flickering light fixtures

If you see a light that’s flickering, dimming and then brightening up, or otherwise behaving strangely, then you definitely have a problem to look into.

  • Hot switches

If you come across a light switch that’s heating up, then you have a wiring problem which can lead to shorts and cause bigger issues – don’t ignore the problem.

  • Hot/wobbly power outlets

Power outlets can get hot when there is either too much current running through them, or when they are wobbly – thus they aren’t fitted and fastened properly to the wall. This can cause electrocution or a fire so take measures timely.

  • Hot extension cords

Extension cords are for temporary use only and have different power rating thus they are meant to handle a certain amount of current or wattage running through them. A hot extension cord may be overloaded or damaged so replace it.

Note: A warm dimmer switch is not a problem, unless it is actually too hot to touch. Dimmer switches usually make use of a resistor material which is meant to reduce current thus turning it into heat energy which warms up the face plate of the dimmer switch.

NB: If you don’t seem to visually locate a specific electrical problem with your wiring, switches or power points, but your circuit breakers are still tripping, then you should stop resetting the system immediately i.e. stop lifting up the breaker, but cut off power and call in for qualified assistance.

All of the typical issues listed above, including the continuously tripping circuit breaker can be taken care of by a reasonably knowledgeable handyman i.e. yourself. No matter what you intend to do in terms of repairs, fixes and replacements, you must switch off power to the entire house before tweaking about with the electrical system.

Advice for households with young children:

Young children and electricity don’t really go well together. Children do not have the common sense and knowledge to protect themselves from electricity, but they have all the curiosity and mischief to get themselves in real trouble.

  • First and foremost – block up unused power points using a power point cap. A cap will prevent a child from sticking their fingers and other household items in the power outlet.
  • Hide all extension cords and install control panels such as light switch boards, dimmers, AC control panels etc. beyond the reach of young children.
  • Teach children about electricity and make them understand that it can be lethal when mistreated. Ask your child to report to you if they see something wrong with parts of the electrical system around the house like a wobbly power point, a flickering light etc. but instruct them first not to touch anything.
  • It is absolutely vital to forbid children from bringing and using any type of appliance in the bathroom and toilet, even when the power system of the house and the appliance itself are working properly.

Storms and protection from lightning electricity:

  • In the case of severe storms, children should stay inside the house at all times in order to protect them from being struck by lightning.
  • Children should not touch or use house appliances during a storm, especially if the house doesn’t have the best lightning protection.
  • If the house does not have proper lightning protection, you are risking a house fire – do not leave children alone inside the house under these circumstances.