Comments (72)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Stella Michael

Depending on the size and shape of your kitchen, it's worth considering putting a bank of powerpoints on the side of the end cupboards rather than along the top on the splash back. If it's practical (it would be in my small-ish kitchen) then it removes unsightly and dirt-catching powerpoints from the splashback makes it easier to clean. I would need to find a way so they are covered, maybe with individual flaps or a flat, concealed cupboard with a door, so they would be hidden when not in use. I don't have anything permanently plugged in on the bench so that would work for me.

1 Like    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Stella Michael

Powerpoints in or near bookshelves are useful, especially built-ins. I have built-in shelves in one room in the alcoves on either side of the chimney breast. They were pre-made hanging shelves and about 4cms narrower than the space but they looked like a design feature so we put them in. By chance there was a powerpoint underneath one side and it's ideal. I can run the cord up the gap and it's barely visible and only when you're virtually standing in front of it. So we can have a small pebble lamp on there, in a corner that would otherwise not have space for a lamp. It's also a handy place to recharge phones etc.

If you were starting from scratch you could put the powerpoint on the wall and hide it behind books etc.

1 Like    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Stella Michael

Lights in some kitchen cupboards that are difficult to see from just the central room lights. My old Edwardian floor to ceiling pantry cupboard has no light. It's only about 50cms wide x 50cms deep but quite dark at night due to the direction it faces away from the main lights so I have put a simple battery light in there, not ideal but works when needed.

Be mindful not to overdo this, no need to waste energy.

   

Related Stories

Laundry Storage 10 Ideas for High-Functioning Laundries
Make washing clothes easy in a well-organised and efficient laundry that not only works hard but looks good, too
Full Story
From The Pros Look Closer! 10 Costly Items Missing From Your Drawings
By overlooking the detail of these items, you are more exposed to unforeseen costs
Full Story
Kitchens 7 Super-Practical Things to Remember When Planning Your Kitchen
Make sure you plan for these practical kitchen features and you'll save bags of time and effort in the long run
Full Story
Kitchens 10 Kitchen Design Solutions You Didn't Know Existed
Get the most out of your new kitchen with these ingenious ideas that will turn your kitchen from great to amazing
Full Story
Kitchens 16 Common Kitchen Dilemmas Solved
Get your next renovation right and you'll stay in love with your kitchen long after the honeymoon glow wears off
Full Story
Kitchens Planning a Pantry? 9 Questions to Ask to Bypass Blunders
Planning a walk-in pantry can seem like a chore, but if you ask yourself the right questions, you’ll end up with a pantry that's easy to use
Full Story
Kitchens 10 Kitchen Drawers That'll Make Life Easier
Take the strain off your back and the stress out of finding things by putting these clever drawer ideas to work in your new kitchen
Full Story
Kitchens Planning the Perfect Butler's Pantry
The extra storage and work space a butler's pantry provides makes this small room a luxurious addition to any home designed for entertaining
Full Story
Budgeting Your Project The Missing Link That Will Eliminate Budget Blow-Outs
If you are building or renovating you are probably a bit freaked out by the thought of budget blow-outs. This tip will save you heaps...
Full Story