The kitchen is the heart of the home. And while you want a kitchen that feels warm and inviting, it also needs to be a practical space. Unlike other rooms in the house, in the kitchen you’ll be dealing with food, sharp knives, boiling water, hot steam, open flames and a range of other potential dangers. So, when it comes to kitchen renovations, it’s worth thinking about what features you can add that will improve your kitchen functionality and help you make the most of the kitchen space you have. And we have 15 of the best kitchen features right here.
1. Induction cooktop
If you’re worried about burns in the kitchen, an induction cooktop is the way to go. Unlike standard gas and electric cooktops, induction cooktops aren’t hot to touch. Instead of the cooktop heating up, an induction stove uses an oscillating magnetic field to induce an electric current, directly heating the pots and pans.
Induction cooktops are great for homes with small children, as there’s no risk of the children burning themselves on a hot stove.
Induction cooktops are also great in hot climates. Since an induction cooker doesn’t give out much radiant heat, it won’t heat up the kitchen as much as an electric or gas stove. They also have the added bonus of being more energy efficient than comparable standard electric cooktops.
2. Double sink with filter, boiled and chilled water
The sink is one of the most used features in any kitchen. With a double sink, you won’t have to fight past the dirty dishes waiting to be cleaned to wash fruits and vegetables or fill a saucepan with water.
Plus, if you get a filter and instant boiled and chilled water attachments installed, all your water needs are met. You can drink cold, clean water from the filter tap and never worry about needing to wait for the kettle again.
3. Pull-out pantry
A pull-out pantry can be a real game changer for a small kitchen when it comes to smart storage. It makes for optimal use of space, plus it makes for better accessibility, since even the foods at the back are in easy reach.
4. Pull-down shelving
Pull-down shelving is another great way to optimise your storage space. These are also great if height is an issue. Rather than straining to reach those high cabinet shelves, pull down shelving brings the cabinets to you.
5. Self-closing drawers and doors
A kitchen with open drawers and cabinet doors looks untidy and creates hazards while cooking. Self-closing drawers and doors will automatically close after you’re finished with them, helping to keep your kitchen tidy and reduce the risk of accidents.
You could also look at soft close drawers and doors. These still require manual closing, but they close softly so you’ll never slam the drawers or cabinet doors again.
6. Deep drawers
Another storage hack is to get deeper drawers. This can cut down on fiddly corner cabinets for storing pots and pans. Instead, have a few good deep drawers to store commonly used larger items like pots, pans and appliances.
7. Bin drawer
Leaving your bin out on display is unappealing, unhygienic and just generally unpleasant. With a dedicated bin drawer, your rubbish will be neatly out of the way. Plus there’s the added bonus of containing the unpleasant smells.
8. Warming drawer
If you like to throw dinner parties, a warming drawer is a must-have. Sitting neatly under an oven or a bench, the warming drawer will keep dishes warm before serving without taking up valuable space in the oven or on the stove.
9. Two-tiered cutlery drawer
Like deep drawers, a two-tiered cutlery drawer is designed to maximise storage. Slide the upper level back to reveal another level of storage.
Use it however you want. Try keeping everyday cutlery on the upper level and the fancy cutlery on the lower level. Or maybe the lower level will be for all your miscellaneous utensils. See what works for you.
10. Divided storage
Speaking of storage, divided storage is a must. Everyone’s opened a cabinet to only have every container, pot and pan fall out. Even with the best intentions it can be hard to keep kitchen storage neat, so give yourself the best chance with some built-in or movable dividers. These work great in drawers but can be just as handy in cabinets.
11. Tray storage
If you’re a keen baker or like a good Sunday roast, finding a spot for your baking trays can be tricky. Putting them in a drawer often means they get stuck under pots and pans. This can make it a hassle to get them out and even damage them. But leaving them out can make your kitchen feel cluttered.
Add specific tray storage to your kitchen wish list. It can be a vertical space to slip trays in next to your oven or even a thin drawer for them to sit.
12. Appliance garage
If you like your kitchen gadgets, you need an appliance garage. This is a designated space on the bench to ‘park’ all your regularly used appliances to keep the kitchen looking tidy. Then when you need them, you can easily access them.
Some great kitchen designs have a door that slides up, so you don’t even have to take the appliance out. When you’re done, slide the door down and your appliances can stay on the bench but out of sight.
13. Utensil rack
Never worry about kitchen drawers getting stuck because a bulky utensil like a potato masher has got in the way again. A utensil rack makes it easier to find the utensil you want while keeping everything neat and tidy. It can even be a design feature to give your kitchen a professional feel.
It can be hard to hand over wall space to a window, particularly if space is at a premium in your kitchen. Avoid this battle by getting a skylight installed instead. It will enhance natural light in the kitchen and create the illusion of more space.
15. Under-cabinet lighting
That area between your benchtop and cabinets can be difficult to work in without the right light. Poor lighting can make it hard to read recipes and can make chopping difficult and dangerous. With under-cabinet lighting, you can reclaim this bench space with some cool feature lighting.
Before you start renovating your kitchen, make sure these 15 features are included in your plan. Otherwise, you might find yourself wanting to renovate again.