Christmas – it’s a time when all the family get together & enjoy each others company. Usually the loving ambiance is peppered with a few arguments, hangovers & digestive upsets!  The Christmas Kitchen – a room filled with love or fraught with frayed tempers – which do you have in your home?

It’s also a dangerous time of year for some folks – plenty of spontaneously combusting stressed-out ladies don’t make it through the season.  Are you one of them?

Have you ever said:

“Where the hell am I going to fit this in my fridge?” or “Where am I going to put all this shopping?”

“There’s no where to work in this kitchen” or “I have no space to serve up this food”


I’ve been there…worn the teashirt…& here’s some advice:

1) Go Big: If you’re extending or building a new home make your kitchen big as you can – sacrifice everything else – because you honestly know that you’ll spend most of your time in it!

2) Utility/Appliances: If you don’t have a utility room & your kitchen is choc-full of appliances consider your washing machine & dryer.

– Can they move elsewhere…is your garage nearby? – you could put storage presses in their places.

– Is it worth your while building a utility?

– Can you use a combined washer/dryer – this would give you the space vacated by one of the appliances.

3) Space & Storage: There are plenty of things you can do:

– do a big clean up now…throw out items that you don’t use or are gone of date. If you’ve got crockery or pots/pans you don’t use it’s now time to move them to storage or discard them forever!

– take a good look at your presses….we are creatures of habit & sometimes we don’t think to move things around. Have you one cabinet packed & another one half empty? Open your kitchen press doors and have a good look and move around!

– have you presses high above fridges/ovens that you can’t really reach? Move items there that you don’t use much or that are big – e.g baking trays/wine bottles…they fill the space & you can grab them easily from their front edges.

– do you have other options for refrigeration?? Most homes have fridge/freezers. Is it an option to put a freezer elsewhere..e.g into the space you freed up with your drier…& then invest in a full height larder fridge? Have you room for a feature freestanding fridge??

– if you’re designing from scratch in a tight space consider a smaller sink or consider a narrower 450mm dishwasher.

Integrated 450 Dishwasher

– if you’re designing a bank of tall hints in a new design include an extra 600 wide unit…it can be a larder or you could transform it into a fridge unit if you need more refrigeration in the future.  Below we have a Fridge Unit, Two Door Pantry Unit and another tall press that can be shelved for now and could become a fridge press if needs be.

bank of units

– if you can squeeze in a full height, full depth larder/pantry into your kitchen somewhere you’ll be glad you did! That’s easy when you’re starting out from scratch designing your new kitchen. For those of us that have a kitchen without a pantry – can you fit a feature freestanding pantry in your kitchen?  Have a look at the one below – we have this for sale in our showroom for €999 ex works.


– make better use of your corners – install storage solutions such as 3/4 carousels, Le Mans carousel, magic corners

– install drawers e.g you might have a door under your eye level oven that you find hard to access – install a drawer – it’s easier to use the space! – see the kitchen below – with drawer underneath the oven.

Painted and Oak Kitchen

– get cutlery organisers & pot/plate organisers – tidying up your space is good!

– consider reconfiguring a drawer unit… If you have 4/5 drawer stacks change them to 3 drawers…giving you more functional storage

– put in an under counter oven drawer – it wont fit much – but it’s still a space for bits n bobs!

Under Oven Drawer

– put in plinth drawers – maximising all storage options!

plinth drawers

– are you wasting a tall press on an ironing board? Get an ironing board base… Space saving & practical.

ironing board base

– How about using the space under your wall units?  What do you think of this new product on the market?


linero mosaiq


– Maximise your gables and ends of units – use hooks or extend using open shelving…

– use inside your doors – consider spice racks – to hold packets and spices.

If you do manage to get through the season but your hearts desire is a new kitchen then treat yourself – you deserve it.  


Call us on 059 9176873 to book your free design appointment or email us on [email protected]

Newhaven Kitchens

Newhaven Kitchens & Bedrooms have designed and built bespoke kitchens of every style, size and shape. Come and see how we can help you get the kitchen of your dreams.

Mmm! Cookies...

Our website uses cookies to improve your browsing experience. We'll assume you're ok with this if you stay