Style & function – Moneyhill Interiors, Rickmansworth on clever storage solutions
PUBLISHED: 13:07 14 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:07 14 October 2013
Making the most of space through clever storage is key to modern room design. Celia Warbrick of Moneyhill Interiors, Rickmansworth, gives a guide to the latest solutions
The style and function of kitchen storage has developed greatly over the years, but the same basic principle of a ‘working triangle’ applies – dry goods and larders should be near to preparation areas for ease of use.
The proliferation of very big American-style fridge freezers has given cooks the opportunity to store a wide range and amount of ingredients, such as preserves, sauces and fruit for very long periods, freeing up cupboard space. And wine fridges are supplied in most new kitchens along with warming drawers which double as storage for dinner plates or coffee cups and saucers.
Hidden storage space like the pop-up S-Box are cut into worktops and can house electrical equipment such as TVs, power boxes with USB ports and i-docking units, as well as the more traditional spices and scales. These ‘boxes’ are normally finished in stainless steel, and are usually positioned at the back of the worktop or within the void space in an island. These are great when space is at a premium and leave surfaces clutter free. With some worktop surfaces it is also possible to have the lid in a matching worktop material such as Corian.
Another space-saving device is the ‘magic corner’. These clever units make the most use of the awkward space in corners of cabinets and come in all sorts of configurations, with the metal work inside the cabinets allowing for 100 per cent visibility when open.
The majority of base unit cupboards today are drawers. Some of these are fitted with extra large drawers that have huge capacity. Up to a massive 1800mm in length, when these are opened they contain two 900mm drawers, with two extra internal drawers that can hold cutlery or spices, maximising the whole storage area. Knife drawer and individual storage canisters come direct from the manufacturer too. For a clean, modern look across the kitchen, servo drives can be fitted – replacing handles, along with soft touch mechanisms for tall wall units.
Cabinets are also a key feature of living areas. Coloured cubes make very attractive storage areas, while media units can stylishly house the many digital devices we now have, including large flat screen TVs, speakers and internet connection boxes. ‘Magic eyes’ or grills on these units enable the use of remote controls without the need to open the doors or drawers. Storage is custom built to client’s requirements and can include pull out drawers for DVDs and CDs.