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Most important things about your kitchen?

68 replies

LouS84 · 26/05/2023 16:42

Just wondered what people feel is the most important thing about their kitchen? Could be a particular appliance or a way that a certain space is used… looking for inspiration!

OP posts:
reluctantbrit · 26/05/2023 17:13

The deep drawers instead of cupboards under the worktop. So much easier to access things, nothing is lost and they hold a lot of weight.

Hopeandglory · 26/05/2023 17:14

I enjoy the fact that people will loiter and chat in the kitchen while I cook with out getting in the way or feeling that I am missing out with the social side of socialising when hosting.

PuttingDownRoots · 26/05/2023 17:14

Its got food in it.

Tallisker · 26/05/2023 17:15

The Aga

Spendonsend · 26/05/2023 17:16

I wanted to be able to put 4 plates out so i could serveveasily, so ensured i had one stretch of worktop by the hob/oven i could do this on.

My pre ious kitchens in other houses always had sinks, or fridges breaking up any stretch of worktop

Neverinamonthofsundays · 26/05/2023 17:16

The island. I LOVE it.

Davros · 26/05/2023 17:29

Two sinks

Getabloominmoveon · 26/05/2023 17:33

Quooker - absolutely worth every penny. And pullout cupboards so you can actually find things.

OooohKeepYourKnickersOn · 26/05/2023 17:33

My big oven

Nellieinthebarn · 26/05/2023 17:35

Dishwasher. Its the first kitchen I've had that has had room for one. I love it, I'm always going to have one from now on.

Speermint · 26/05/2023 17:35

Drinks fridge. I can chill loads of pop, beer, bottles of wine, gin, mixers, stuff like baileys, and just grab them whenever I want. They’re always available without filling up the main fridge.

MuggleMe · 26/05/2023 17:40

Full size dishwasher
Fancy tap that you can pull about and angle at pots etc
Drawers instead of cupboards (wish I had 2 more instead of the cupboards)
Lots of sockets (8/10 currently in use)

CalistoNoSolo · 26/05/2023 18:36

The view across parkland, the big dining table, the pale pink walls which suit a large, dark, oddly shaped room perfectly, the slow cooker and dishwasher, the paintings and photos and my knitted deers head. I love my kitchen/dining room 😍

Tallisker · 26/05/2023 19:16

Sounds heaven Calisto

ostentatiousocelot · 26/05/2023 19:24

Space for table and chairs.

YouProbablyWontLikeTheAnswer · 26/05/2023 19:35

The waste disposal system. No food/teabags/vegetable peelings to go mouldy or smell in a bin.

mathanxiety · 26/05/2023 19:50

I have a big built-in china cabinet that's probably almost 100 years old at this point. It holds a lot of china, glassware, mugs, serving dishes, etc, and fits well with the Victorian style of the building.

mathanxiety · 26/05/2023 19:53

Also the 3-season porch off the kitchen which I use for cold storage all winter as well as storage of deck chairs and it's a great place to put wet/ muddy footwear. It also doubles as storage for big Costco packs of TP, etc.

catscalledbeanz · 26/05/2023 20:33

Oddly contrasting- but putting the sink at the window with the best view, and getting a dishwasher. Both make the dishes bearable.
Another is plenty of lighting. I have under cupboard lights, wall lights and a three light centre fitting. All can be dimmed and turned on and off for anything between almost clinically bright and French cellar boudoir dim.
I also feel that the William morris adage have nothing you don't know to be useful or believe to beautiful in your home, is especially true in a kitchen. It's the hub of a home in my opinion.

RightWhereYouLeftMe · 26/05/2023 20:37

Bit boring but lots of sockets. We don't use them all, but it means things can be plugged in wherever, we can move things, things that are used less often (electric mixer for example) can be used wherever most convenient.

thenightsky · 26/05/2023 20:39

reluctantbrit · 26/05/2023 17:13

The deep drawers instead of cupboards under the worktop. So much easier to access things, nothing is lost and they hold a lot of weight.

This, a million times over. The one cupboard I do have I regret not having as 2 drawers instead.

Argar · 26/05/2023 20:44

The Aga. The DC sit on it. Their friends congregate around it. They heat up pizza when they come home at 5AM from a night out. It dries things.

My kitchen is very small, btw, but the Aga takes priority.


Drawers are very useful.

Cupboard doors that you can paint are a bonus, as you might get fed up with the colour and it's then easy to change them.

Agree with PP re lots of sockets.


janeinthewild · 26/05/2023 20:45

Colourful backsplash. Can't stand plain white kitchens I feel like I'm in a hospital

betsyannegrey · 26/05/2023 20:47

Only drawers, no cupboards. We have 2 tall larder units with drawers inside.

No wall cupboards, really makes the room feel bigger, and less 'kitchen-y'

Long shelf over the worktop with pretty china, granny's silver and lots of plants.

Long bench seat with a 'skirt', lots of storage hidden underneath

Our island is a vintage Italian bakers table with a marble top. Probably my best vintage find ever!

Vintage chandelier over the table.

DelilahBucket · 26/05/2023 20:47

Dishwasher, drawers and worktop space. Our previous kitchen had virtually no worktop space, and what little there was, was soon taken up with a microwave, kettle and toaster. Love having an oven at waist height too.

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