Kitchen Storage Solutions

Kitchens can become quickly one of the most cluttered places in your home. Nowadays, your kitchen is required to hold a mass range of different appliances and utensils. The perfect kitchen is a clean one, free of clutter. By hiding appliances such as microwaves, it does prevent cluttered work tops and gives the feel of a larger, open space a popular choice in modern kitchens. Larders/pantries are commonly fitted with power points for this purpose.

Built in handmade wine racks are a brilliant way to store drinks neatly, it doesn’t have to take up a lot of room but is effective and a handy addition to your kitchen. It also adds a lot of sophistication to the appearance of a room.

The best way to utilise your space is making use of different depth, width and height drawers/cupboards for different products. For example – storing jars in a drawer big enough for pans isn’t efficient and wastes valuable space, switch it out. Deeps drawers are perfect for hiding those irritating, bulky pots. Using deep drawers instead of cupboards makes it easier to see the content and adds more depth to the kitchens design. Adding hidden drawers into larger drawers or cupboards can double up the storage for smaller items. Corner drawers and cupboards are a brilliant way to make the most of awkward spaces and provide you with more storage.

Overhead cabinets are a brilliant way to maximise storage in your kitchen. Storing products you don’t use regularly up above will help provide room for products you use frequently in an easy accessible location. Like those Halloween cookie cutters or that turkey tray you only pull out at Christmas. They don’t need to be easily accessible all year round. Tuck them away!

Plate racks are also a brilliant addition to a kitchen, displaying your pretty plates instead of dirty pots and pans. This adds a nice feature to a room and also frees up hidden space for the less aesthetically pleasing items.

Larder units are a brilliant way of bringing in a whole new piece of storage to your kitchen space whilst also being able to be designed to fit in with the current scheme running through your kitchen. Plus they look gorgeous. Larder units are increasingly popular and for good reason. Bespoke larders can be design specifically for you. This can help free up room for new goodies or just give you a clear, clean environment.

Islands are another popular addition. They offer extra storage, worktops and a socialising area. If you have the room available, adding an island to your kitchens design is something you won’t regret.

The beauty with a bespoke kitchen is that all these elements can be incorporated into your design and built to suit your needs. The freedom that comes with designing a bespoke kitchen beats an “off the shelf” one, giving you the chance to build that kitchen you have your heart set on – whilst also providing lots of storage!

For more information about our uniquely crafted kitchens please visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or visit www.alresfordinteriors.co.uk today.

Storage Solutions For Children’s Rooms

Storage Solutions For Children’s Rooms

With all the toys, clothes, books and other clutter that collects in a childs room, storage space is always at a premium. If you’re looking to utilise the space available to its full extent, while adding something unique, functional and still fun, then bespoke furniture could be the answer. Just like any bedroom, bespoke furniture can really add a lot to a room, looking sleep and maximising storage space whilst being completely personal to you. The beauty of bespoke is the complete freedom of design, being able to play around with colours, sizes, looks – every element; something off the shelf furniture doesn’t offer.

When choosing furniture for your children’s room, you want to provide something they will love, but is also safe, durable and high-quality to boot. Be creative and design the furniture through the eyes of a child; what would they love there room to look like? The toys and furnishing of a childhood leave a last impression, so make them good ones.

Younger children tend to be attracted to bright colours, texture and patterns, but go too far down this route and the room is in danger of looking overly cluttered. This can be easily countered by using accent points of colour on neutral backdrops. The same can be said about room design; having everything train themed may be fun for a time, but when your child decides they don’t like trains anymore, you’re faced with a big decoration job all over again. Stick with accent pieces; items that you won’t mind replacing in a few years’ time.

It’s tempting to go for cute, small sized furniture for a child’s room; which is practical for a time, but when they grow out of it (and they grow fast), you’ll be in the situation of having to change the furniture all over again. An easily workable solution to this is to adapt full size pieces; such as adding adjustable rails in wardrobes that can be moved higher over time. Full-sized furniture is both more efficient and makes a room feel cosier, avoiding the large, empty, unused spaces that comes with smaller pieces.

Safety is key with anything you leave around children. Choose quality wood furniture over plastics; not only does it look better, but it’s much more durable and can stand up to a lot more. Pieces of furniture can be painted and customised to reflect the child’s personality and interests, but try to customise pieces in a way that they can be adapted as they grow into a new phase.

With custom-built furniture you can introduce clever storage solutions for your child’s room; extra space to store all those toys! Beds with pull-out storage drawers, toy boxes that can double up as a seat, fun themed/coloured shaped hooks… there’s no limit to the level of customisation you can have.

Fitted furniture is also best option for the long term. Not only does it look sleek, but it is much safer than a free-standing piece, as drawers and shelves are always used as makeshift climbing frames, or handy step-ladders to reach those pesky toys hidden at the top (we’ve all done it!). Built in wardrobes are best split into small compartments, which makes them manageable and much easier to see everything you have.

So if you’ve ever wished that you could find the perfect fit of furniture for an awkward space, or add something unique to your child’s room or playroom, or any room in your home for that matter, bespoke may be just the option. Hand crafted furniture can be more expensive than off the shelf pieces, but it’s well worth the investment in terms of character, appeal and life-span. There are no limits!

For more information about our uniquely crafted furniture please visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or visit www.alresfordinteriors.co.uk today.

a red handmade storage unit with a black top, built to fit between the windows in a childs playroom

Bespoke storage solutions for your home

So what is a Bespoke Storage Solution? Simply put, it’s hand-made, well-designed, fitted furniture tailored to maximise storage in any room. From fitted wardrobes and bookcases to TV cabinets, shelves and closets, bespoke furniture can provide approximately a third more storage than freestanding cabinets. This is due to to how the space is organised, with full height pieces avoiding the gaps created by freestanding furniture.

Every home has underused spaces that could be converted to provide extra storage space. The space under the stairs is a fine example of a storage space that is usually under –utilised. As stairs are usually deeper than a wardrobe, you can fit an abundance of coats, shoes and bags under your stairs without it crowding your hallway. In the hall, where clutter accumulates and space is at a premium, furniture with hidden storage will help keep the entrance tidy and create a sense of calm and order when you come home. For example, a bench with shoe storage built in uses minimal floor space but combines practicality with a comfy place to perch.

Storage space plays a huge part in keeping rooms organised and free of clutter, with hidden storage making your home sleek and spacious too. Floor-to-ceiling cupboards that span an entire wall in a play room will have a huge storage capacity, as well as offering a focal point in the room and a statement piece that will last years to come.

Furniture that provides storage in addition to it’s main purpose r deserves a place in any home. Children’s cabin beds with drawers and cupboards in the base are a great way to store toys and hide the clutter, while coffee tables with shelves beneath or even a free standing larder in the kitchen all make the most of the space they occupy.

Here at Alresford Interiors, we offer a variety of handmade, fitted furniture to suit your storage needs. We deliver a personal service to you, from design through to build and completion. From the outset, you will be able to meet our craftsmen and discuss your project with them and you are encouraged to visit the workshop at any time to see your furniture coming to life. We feel it is important for you to feel included in every step of the process.

Here are a couple of examples from our gallery, which we have already made for our clients. If you see something that you like or have another idea you would like to discuss, then visit our website or call us on 01962 733016. We would be happy to help.

Kitchen Storage

We’ve all got appliances, cookware, cook books and every speciality gadget under the sun to try and house in our kitchens, which gives most of us the challenge of organising our kitchens like a military operation.

The never ending accessories, the food cans, boxes, pots and pans, bins, cooking utensils fill up every nook and cranny, especially in a compact kitchen. This is where Alresford Interiors can help. We can find and create innovative organisation techniques to help solve your kitchen dilemmas.

When you come to design your kitchen, you want it too look clean, clutter free and most of all appealing to visitors. You want that ‘wow’ factor. By using clever organisation techniques you obtain all of those qualities mentioned above. Whether it be having a bespoke larder cabinet to house your spices, cereals, soft drinks and the children’s snacks, or a cupboard that houses a rack for the pans – storage is an essential part of your kitchen and you need storage to keep your kitchen clutter free.

Here’s some examples of clever storage solutions. See if any of these will inspire an idea for your own kitchen.