As lockdown restrictions finally begin to ease in many parts of the UK, and many people start returning to work, many of us are already reflecting on how we’ve spent our time during lockdown, and the lessons we’ve learned from it. It’s now widely regarded as a time when everyone had a moment to slow down, and take stock of what’s important in life. We also had a moment to re-evaluate our surroundings, and how we use our home – which naturally paved the way for a couple of widespread realisations about how we use our kitchens and laminate kitchen worktops!
Typically, it’s natural for most people to spend the majority of their time at home in living rooms or bedrooms, but it’s easy to understand why so many people got restless during the lockdown, and started spending more time in areas of the house they perhaps normally wouldn’t.
For many people, the kitchen falls squarely into this category, and so plenty of homeowners started experimenting with using it for different things. For some, it was a home office. For others, it became a new personal leisure space. Others still simply used it as an area to spend more quality time with family, and plenty of people have stories about their baking escapades with children. For some, their kitchens have already returned to simply being a place for adults to prepare and consume food – but there are lots of people who have enjoyed exploring new roles for their kitchen, and may well continue using them for such in future.
When you spend lots more time in your kitchen, you might have become especially keenly aware of a number of things – one of which is probably the flow of movement around your kitchen. If you’re working with a smaller space, it’s particularly important, both for convenience and for safety – ideally, you don’t want to be carrying food or cutlery through a narrow space if there are pets or children coming rapidly the other way! Equally when you’re cooking, it helps to have everything you need within arm’s reach if possible, so that you’re not constantly having to dash back and forth across the kitchen.
There are a couple of ways you can start thinking about rearranging your space. It might involve moving some kitchen furniture around, such as tables and chairs, or you might even want to swap the contents of certain cupboards. You may even want to think about getting a kitchen island installed, to better facilitate this flow. Really, the specifics are all up to you – it’s about what works best for your space!
Your laminate kitchen worktops serve an essential purpose in your kitchen, but despite being relatively simple additions, there are lots of little ways they can affect your kitchen. As far as aesthetics go for example, you can take your pick between worktops of a standard depth (such as our blocked oak 40mm laminate kitchen worktop), to ultra slim versions, like our Magma Zenith Compact Laminate Worktop. But they can also add an impressive extra functionality to your kitchen. For example, you can specify inset sink or hub cut outs, or even built-in drainer grooves or a recessed draining area – great for helping pots and pans to dry more efficiently, and making life just that little bit easier!
Refreshing the look of your kitchen might sound like a relatively mammoth task at first, but actually it’s easier than most people think. You can give your kitchen a whole new appearance simply by replacing your doors and worktops, which have a huge effect on the overall look of your kitchen. With a carefully chosen laminate kitchen worktop, you can make it fresh and airy, or rich, dark and cosy. And once you’ve chosen your worktops and doors, you can add a few little touches in the form of different coloured appliances, such as toasters or kettles – or add to the atmosphere with artwork or family photographs for the walls. It’s all up to you!
Here at Savoy Timber, we can help with a few things in particular – we’ve got a fantastic stock of laminate kitchen worktops and doors to choose from, ranging from a luxurious look (like our Marble Veneto Wilsonart laminate worktop) to solid compact options like our Zenith Rouille worktops. Don’t forget, if you’ve got any questions or you need some advice, feel free to get in touch with our experts on 0345 0268 799. We’re here to help!