Maximizing Storage in Open-plan Kitchens with a Custom-Built Bookcase
Embark on a journey of bespoke creativity as we delve into the world of custom-made bookcase design. In this blog post, we are going to unravel the artistry and functionality behind personalized bookcases, where every shelf tells a unique story.
Join us in discovering how custom designs redefine both form and function, transforming your space into a literary sanctuary that resonates with your individuality.
How can I add storage in my open-plan kitchen?
This was the question I had to answer when we finished building our contemporary kitchen extension. It's a tricky question but incorporating smart storage solutions is one of the biggest goals in every design project according to experts.
A kitchen with lots of storage will help you ensure there is enough space for all the cooking paraphernalia. If you are lucky enough to have a pantry and a kitchen island then your storage space is instantly increased. Both will help you reach your goal of a clutter-free space.
Does a custom-built bookcase add style to a room?
In this kitchen, the expansive space is filled with light thanks to a 5-meter-long roof light but there are some very long surfaces (the floor and ceiling) which made the room feel very 2-dimensional and lacking in texture.
At first sight, the space looks unfinished - maybe as a result of a lack of art on the walls. At the same time, the continuous use of colours from the same palette creates a uniformity that makes the space feel cold and unloved.
The solution? Adding texture and a darker colour on the wall behind the table with a custom-built bookcase. This would add additional storage in this open-plan kitchen as well as create an area to display art and favorite objects that could spark conversation over a formal dinner.
The space behind the dining table needed a made-to-measure bookcase, ceiling high. I decided to work with Landview Carpentry (who also made our living room bookcases) and use Egger products (wood effect MCF) in a rich walnut colour called EGGER Natural Carini Walnut.
Made to measure bookcase - After
With the added storage of this bookcase, and the warmth of walnut, this room feels complete. Well, almost. What do you think might be missing from this room still?