7 budget-friendly DIY kitchen ideas to bookmark right now
Earlier a compartmentalized function, the kitchen is increasingly being included in the ‘public’ zone of a home, making it important for the once strictly utilitarian space to be presentable as well. After all, it stands at the crossroads of form and function. But will a kitchen renovation exercise always make a substantial dent in your bank balance? Not necessarily. While a complete overhaul may want you to look at finances, there are several DIY ways to renovate your kitchen.
The size of your kitchen and the materials/appliances you opt for will impact how much you end up spending on such a refurbishment, but these DIY kitchen ideas will help chart the way forward.
Fresh and Airy
We all know what Indian cooking involves. The sautéing, frying, tempering… If you don’t have your air flow sorted, chances are your stuffy, smelly kitchen will take half the joy out of cooking—and tempers will be seen in more places than the daal. The best way to ensure a well-ventilated kitchen is the chimney. Just make sure it’s not all looks and no substance. We particularly like Crompton’s sleek and gorgeous CK HOOD SensoSmart Incl90 Fltless MBlk (Rs 40,590), which smartly turns itself on after detecting a temperature change; does away with a maintenance-heavy filter; includes an auto-clean feature that melts oil and grime into a tray; and can be controlled by hand gestures.
A Place for Everything
In a space as ‘hard-working’ as a kitchen, being organised makes life much better. At the smallest level, it could be spices, condiments, herbs, oils, vinegars… Get kitchen baskets—like Jaypore’s Golden Storage Baskets (Rs 2,200)—for each category and store them on shelves to create an easy-to-pull-out system. Ellementry’s baskets that come with a wooden lid cum chopping board are also worth a dekko (Rs 1,790 onwards). At a macro level, arrange cookware on a wall-mounted system of hooks and rail, or an overhead hanging unit (if you have an island counter).