Space Saving Kitchen

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Obviously, if you have a good sized kitchen with plenty of cupboard space then you are one of the lucky ones. Many of us, however, live in tiny properties with kitchens that really are too small to work comfortably in and which feature far too few storage places for your kitchen appliances. This would be less of a problem is people spent a little time completely reorganizing their kitchen so that it worked more efficiently and more effectively. Unfortunately, in this fast-paced life most of us live, there is far too little time to properly organize this household hub into the truly space saving kitchen that it should be. If you can set aside a day in which you truly think about the layout of your kitchen, how many cupboards you have and the jobs you do in your kitchen, then you are going to come up with a far better plan on where to keep each of your appliances so that, when you want to use them, they can be quickly and easily located.

The ideal space saving kitchen has sufficient counter space and storage area, set out within the ideal 'working triangle' of cooker, sink and work space. Cutting down on the distance you have to walk to get anything is the idea behind the most effective kitchen layouts. Obviously, for some of us, the shape of our kitchens precludes this. If you think about it, however, a large square kitchen is not always the best option: just think of the amount of wasted floor-space that you have to walk across on a regular basis. Often, smaller kitchens can work far better. The secret is organization - and not letting dirty dishes get out of hand! This brings me to the appliances necessary to make a space saving kitchen a reality.

Even in the tiniest of kitchens it is possible to fit in a dishwasher. It doesn't have to be a full-size model: there are plenty of table-top and slimline models available nowadays. Haier, for instance, produces two different models of smaller-than-average dishwashers. The first model is a four-setting table-top model and, at just 40lbs, can be stored away when not in use. This model has a plastic interior and hooks up to the kitchen tap with a tap adapter and measures 21.25 inches x 19.5 inches x 17.37 inches. They also make a six-place model which weighs 77lb and which offer a couple of benefits not found in the smaller model. There is a choice of wash cycles with this model and a delayed start option. The base is fitted with casters to make moving it around a bit easier when not being used.

Another option for the space saving kitchen is for your dishwasher to be fitted into a drawer, with models which have the option of fitting single drawers or double drawers. Each of these Kitchen Aid dishwashers features a selection of five cycles and are certified by Energy Star. Kitchen Aid also makes an in-sink option for particularly small dish loads. This model is quite deep and can double up as an extra sink and comes with an integral cutting board and hot-pots' resting placement. The in-sink model can run four cycles for up to five place settings. This model has to be the ultimate in space saving options and perfect for the space saving kitchen.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27