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5 Things You Never Knew You Needed in Your Kitchen

Rethinking your cookspace? These indispensable ideas will solve many a problem you may not even know you have – yet

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Yes please, we’d love an integral wine cellar, a walk-in larder or a kitchen island the size of a football pitch, but, in reality, we don’t all have that kind of space. That doesn’t mean you can’t get clever with kitchen planning, though. As these nifty ideas show, small changes can make a big impact.

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A slide-out unit
Whether you hanker after a kitchen island but don’t really have the floor space, are occasionally desperate for an extra prep surface, or have no room for (but would love) a breakfast bar, here’s the solution: a mobile base unit that wheels right out from under your worktop to provide all three (the breakfast bar being where the cavity is).

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A bread board niche
It’s not often a fitted kitchen actually really fits – there’s usually the need for an awkward in-fill or two. So why not devote the gaps to something useful? A bread board niche like this one will clear your worktop or, if it’s cupboard space you lack, a slim, slide-out shelving unit for everything from herbs to tinfoil will be really handy.

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A fold-out larder
The downside of wall cupboards in any kitchen is that their depth means whatever’s lurking at the back tends to stay there until well past its use-by date. Slide-out units above eye level are similarly impractical. This genius, concertina-effect larder, on the other hand, jumps all those hurdles like a pro, its layout allowing everything to be visible.

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A hob cover
This is such an easy way to gain an extra slice of worktop. A simple cover, whether for a conventional hob or a specialist one, like this teppanyaki hot plate, will instantly buy you extra prep space. This one is bespoke, but there are plenty of off-the-shelf designs on the market for all types of hob. Of course, it goes without saying: only put the cover on when the surface is totally cold.

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A hanging storage wall
The simplest, most affordable of ideas, this might be the best yet. Design your wall so only the things you use all the time, whether glassware or tea towels, knives or spices, are on hand. If you have young kids, it’s best to put glasses and knives up high, cloths and wooden utensils down low.

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Which of these would you most like to include in your kitchen? And do you have other extras you’d recommend? Let us know in the Comments section.
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