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Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals that new residential buildings had a 37.4% increase in average floor area from 1984-95 to 2002-03. This brought up the average floor space in Australian homes to approximately 205.7 m2 from 149.7 m2. However, the reality is that such space is limited and can quickly fill up with so many household items.
It’s also important to realize that even space that doesn’t look completely full may not take in any more appliances or fixtures, because various appliances need a certain amount of clear space around them. This is a worldwide design requirement as is stipulated by the United States Access Board, which requires a 30-inch by 48-inch clear floor space for forward approach around appliances.
Since you might end up having limited space, even with the increased floor space in your new kitchens, it’s vital that you employ some creative strategies to fully maximize whatever little you have.
Custom-Made Pull-Out Shelves
Pull-out shelves are a great installation in any kitchen, even when you don’t need to save any space. Therefore, they will still look quite stylish when installed for space-saving. Moreover, such shelves can be custom-made to fit into any space, be it a small gap or a large area.
Pull-out shelves are great for storing canned food items. Kitchens featuring these installations always look very stylish and offer even greater convenience during food preparation.
Install Hooks and Magnetic Strips
Storage facilities aren’t just limited to conventional cabinets. You can find creative ways of installing hooks and magnetic strips in areas that don’t normally feature storage units. For example, cabinet doors can be fitted with hooks which will add that little extra space for storing oven mitts and measuring cups.
Magnetic strips are great for storing knives. This means that your knives would not occupy unnecessary space on the countertop if you had a large knife-block. It would conveniently stay out of the way, being placed up against the wall.
Install Towel Racks
A towel rack is a very useful installation, especially when placed right above the sink. This is a very functional installation, since you can easily pick out the towel while rinsing off your utensils. Click here if you want to learn more.
Place Jars on the Countertop
Placing a few jars on the countertop is a great way to display some spices and other food items. It’s also a convenient way of storing and accessing often-used food items during food preparation.
Take Full Advantage of Cake Stands
The good thing about cake stands is that they don’t take up too much space on the bottom, yet can hold various items on wide platforms on the top surface. This means that you would have space to fit in other stuff at the bottom, hence creating a tower-like structure.
This cake stand can be conveniently placed inside cabinets or next to your sink, to hold dish soap and other washing items. It’s likely to present an interesting look with all items raised above the surface.
You can always come up with many other creative methods to maximize space in your cooking area, simply by using regular, everyday items.
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