My sister-in-law has recently been happening about seeing some kitchens in Manchester. I figured shed just been feeling hungry, but it turns out she was talking about visiting newer and more effective fitted kitchens displayed at various local showrooms. I figured that to become helpful Id tag along, not expecting very much. Boy, was I wrong.
Ive always been fairly pleased with my kitchen. or at least Ive managed to fool myself into believing that I was happy with our kitchen whilst simultaneously managing to prevent looking at it using the kind of critical eye anyone would use if coming across it the very first time.
Sadly, having wandering around looking at fitted kitchens in Manchester Ive had to come to the realisation which i have been fooling myself for far too long, which there is no longer any excuse.
I believe my kitchen problems really began to escalate after i started not having enough space to place things. That was back in 1992, about Three days once i moved in. Ever since then I have simply become more creative either in things i buy, or where I stick things.
I have even caught myself wandering the supermarket aisles choosing food not by its taste, quality, price or make, but through the shape and size of the packaging, and whether or not this will fit into the space available in the cupboard.
Thats not to suggest that I have a small kitchen. Its actually quite big. And its less though I dont have enough storage space. The amount of space being occupied by cupboards is quite good. its just which i cant use most from it.
The 2 cupboard storage problems I have are almost certainly universally shared by those who have not already benefitted from modern fitted kitchens. Manchester was a revelation to me, making me realise the issues I had with storage, or at least face them. The first problem is the corner unit.
You realize the main one - its right in the corner from the room, where two units join. Theres bags of space in the corner itself, which is possible to reach into that space. Ive done it once.
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I were able to reach the back corner of my kitchen cupboard by lying on the floor bending my return so far as it might go without my neck snapping, reached along with one arm, blindly paddling around within the darkness until I managed to stick my fingers in to the old food blender Id forgotten about, neatly cutting two fingers in such a way which i couldnt type for a few days. Harmful to a writer. And so i sort of threw in the towel on that cupboard.
The other storage problem I came to be conscious of when looking round at all of the fitted kitchens in Manchester with my sister-in-law could be that the shelves within the cupboards were precisely the wrong height. Who designed these shelves?
Theyre exactly one and three quarters tins high. Quite simply, you cant stack two standard tins on top of each other, so everything has to become stored on one level, leaving an enormous cavity thats un-used. With the addition of inside a handful of extra shelves, or allowing for some flexibility within the height theyd be much more useful.
But when i wandered around taking a look at all the fitted kitchens Manchester appeared to be offering me it became perfectly clear that im not by yourself - which kitchen designers have been conscious of exactly the same problems plaguing the rest of us mortals.
The opportunities for innovative storage are enormous. No more slicing fingers off. Forget about wasted shelf space. From tall, sliding units that fit next to the fridge to carousel corner units, double depth drawers as well as chilled drawers for keeping vegetables in so the fridge isnt full are just a few of the novel ways that kitchen storage has been handled.
Thinking that a number of this sounds awfully familiar for you, then pop out yourself sometimes and also have a look at some of the modern fitted kitchens Manchester has available, or wherever you happen to be, and discover how kitchens needs to be, instead of how they were in 1992.