Many of our clients absolutely love a breakfast cupboard, and we agree that such a cupboard really does help keep the kitchen neat and tidy. You may well ask ‘what exactly is a breakfast cupboard’ so here is our definition.
It’s a dresser or cupboard, generally with bi-fold doors which fold back onto themselves so that when open, they don’t intrude into the moving-around and work space in the kitchen. The bi-fold doors can be left open whilst the breakfast cupboard is in use; it houses the kettle, the teapot, the cafetiere, the coffee machine, etc. There is worktop space for a bread board and plates, plus storage for mugs, cups and saucers. The concept behind a ‘breakfast cupboard’ is that members of the family (or guests, of course!) can help themselves to breakfast items such as tea, coffee, toast, bread, jams and spreads, cereals and so on. All the necessities are gathered neatly into the same cupboard.
Important features of a breakfast cupboard include lots of power sockets (as a rule of thumb, work out how many you actually need and add at least another two!). Leave the toaster and coffee maker in position, plugged in and ready to use. It’s also a good place to stow away the microwave too. Needless to say, the breakfast cupboard doors must always be fully opened when any small appliances are being used.
A knife block or a wall-mounted knife rack is a good idea, and perhaps you could specify a wine shelf or bottle rack at the top of the cupboard. Below the worktop, we can offer standard cupboards with shelves or pull-outs, drawers with solid fronts or baskets or tray-style drawers. If space allows, use the cupboards below the work surface to store small appliances such as the food processor, blender, smoothie maker, toasted sandwich machine etc. As each breakfast cupboard is individually designed, it’s entirely up to each client to specify the interior arrangements – with a little help from our talented design team, of course!