By Nanya Konwea
The basis of the appealing, functional kitchen is a great workflow and arranging your kitchen or choosing placements isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. It is your kitchen so arrangement of anything including dishes should be how you want it, but also practical for day-to-day use. You might have this kitchen for years to come, so a timeless style is better. For example, you could simply stack the plates and store them somewhere in a cabinet or you could choose to display them and to also turn them into decorations. These examples can help you create a dish storage that’s right for you.
Open storage ensures an easy reach for often-used items.
- Reserve lower shelves for items used daily, such as plates and bowls, and upper shelves for larger serving pieces.
- A Hutch-like design offers a straightforward way to show off dish collections and create a lovely backdrop.
- Switch out dishware as the seasons or your decorating tastes change throughout the year.
- Create a pleasing backdrop for pretty dishware by updating shelving with a fresh coat of stain or paint.
- Prevent stemware from collecting dust by mounting glasses upside-down. Install a wineglass or champagne flute holder underneath an open shelf for easy accessibility.
- An open island is a dish-storage dream. Cutting boards and serving trays can easily slide into this island’s upper shelves. Baskets store spare dishware and oversize pots and pans below.
Your cabinets might be above the counter top or below and essentially should be fitted with levels for easy division. So divide and conquer.
- Organize plates by stacking them from biggest to smallest. Sort them from the biggest to smallest or color from color.
- Do not stack your dishes in a precarious position. Stack to prevent them from falling out on you or breaking and leaving shards of glass on the counter or floor.
- Hang mugs from hooks on the underside of cabinets if you are limited on cabinet space.
PULL OUT DRAWERS
Deep pullout drawers ensure the right serving pieces, linens, and silverware are always within reach.
- A drawer outfitted with a divided pullout tray protects the silverware from scratches, and when the drawer is open, it’s easy to admire the delicate art of each piece.
- If your pullout drawers are used for dishes as well, be careful to avoiding jolting that causes cracks and chips.
- A pullout drawer could be a great way to store pots and pans keeping them organized but out of sight.
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