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

Christmas newhaven kitchen with booth

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?”

Christmas post food

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

I’ve been there…worn the tea shirt…& 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 options in their spaces

– Is it worth your while to build an extension – including a utility?

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

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

– do a big cleanup 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 cupboards.  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 cupboard doors and have a good look and move around!  Maybe a few more shelves might help matters – or some shelf tidies?

– 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.

bye byeteaset
wind stand

– 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 or American fridge??

– if you’re designing from scratch in a tight space, consider ditching the dishwasher or design using a slimline 450mm dishwasher.

– if you’re designing a bank of tall units 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.  

Green Kitchen

– 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?  These can be done by your kitchen specialist or sourced in your local furniture store.

We are huge fans of the corner pantry – which is big on space – if you can fit this into your new kitchen then you’ll be delighted!


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

Corner carousel

– 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!

underoven storage

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

drew sorter

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

– put in plinth drawers – maximising all storage options!

under oven storage

– put in an under counter oven drawer – it won’t fit much – but it’s still a space for bits n bobs!

ironing board press

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

open shelfs

– use inside your doors – consider either metal or wooden spice racks – to hold packets and spices.

open press

If you do manage to get through the festive season but your heart’s desire is a new kitchen, then treat yourself – you deserve it.

Christmas Kitchen 2
Christmas Kitchen

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