Corner Units

Start by considering carefully who you are designing for, which features they currently struggle with and what they feel would benefit them.

Then research suitable products, bearing in mind that the way you normally approach a kitchen design and the products you often specify may well not be suitable. Even something as simple as the choice of handle may make a significant difference to a less able person.

Will the area you are designing also be used by other people? If so, what are their needs? It’s so important to ensure the end design works well for everybody.

Although functionality is of prime importance, the design must still be appealing, taking current trends, styles and colours into consideration.

Technology will undoubtedly be important, too. Depending on your customer’s budget, the latest electrical gadgets such as motion technology could be very important, for example, to control lighting and sounds remotely.
 
For further inspiration on designing a disabled access space, view the Kbsa website>>

We’ve a couple of product suggestions for you:

BLUM SERVO DRIVE:
SERVO-DRIVE is an electrical drive opening support system for drawers and pull-outs. By combining this feature with BLUMOTION, for a silent and effortless closing action, new levels of motion quality have been created. Users will be amazed by the ease of use, quality and freedom of motion.

SERVO-DRIVE Flex can be used with any standard integrated refrigerator, combination fridge/freezer, freezer or dishwasher. Simple to assemble, it is installed in four easy steps and, thanks to plug and play, does not require a qualified electrician. There are flexible options to suit the differing requirements of each appliance type as well as built-in features such as automatic self-closing and lean protection. Lean protection enables the system to differentiate between short pressing actions and longer leaning actions, preventing the accidental triggering of the opening system.

WESCO Pullboy Z with SERVO-DRIVE UNO:
SERVO-DRIVE UNO allows you to combine the WESCO soft closing Pullboy Z waste bin with the electrical drive opening support of the BLUM SERVO-DRIVE. You may not have SERVO-DRIVE in the rest of the kitchen as this may be outside your customer’s budget, but you could make life a little bit easier by adding it to their waste bin to enable a hands-free opening system.

  

PEKA Pegasus:
No Shelf Too High - The Pegasus lift system for wall units provides easy access to items that may be stored in high cupboards. It takes minimum effort as all the weight is supported by the mechanism, making it a real joy to use. The pull-down handle makes it easy to pull the contents of the cupboard down to a height that is easy to view. Furthermore, with the ability to hold up to 20KG, Pegasus provides plenty of usable and stable storage space.

PEKA Magic Corner:
Creating a barrier free kitchen or living space. The PEKA Magic Corner Comfort makes use of those awkward corner cupboards by bring the contents out of the corner cabinet allowing easy access. No more peering around that corner cupboard or foraging around at the back hoping you might find the item you are looking for. With a height adjustable handle, it makes light work of pulling and pushing the mechanism in and out of the cupboard. With the addition of soft close it also has the benefit of a silent, free flowing motion.

  

Lighting:
With dimmer controllers, door sensors and colour changing remotes, the options are endless when it comes to lighting. The benefit of our LED lighting range from Leyton Lighting is that it is energy efficient and there are types that can be safely installed into humid environments but still have the same great design features. The range also enables you to create sensory environments and set lighting levels to the individual’s needs.
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This shocking statistic comes from an article by BLUM on the new K&B Network website.

It’s a terrible thought that over half of new kitchen owners are disappointed with the lack of storage.

Chances are they focused too much on the look of the kitchen rather than the actual day-to-day functioning.

Although this is probably quite understandable on the part of the consumer, it is where the knowledgeable retailer can not only help but also ultimately increase the order value of the kitchen sale by highlightingng and demonstrating the many storage solutions available.



Under expert advice is this piece from BLUM:

http://79.170.44.97/kb-network.co.uk/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&layout=listings&id=27&Itemid=20

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http://kitchendesigntank.blogspot.co.uk/

What an undeniably fab kitchen but one line of the write-up particularly caught my eye:

‘the removal of low level cabinetry also allows items to be stored within an ergonomically efficient hot zone.’

Whilst this is certainly true it also means you have to have the best ever internal storage solutions to store everything you need in the kitchen but can’t possibly have on display. This kitchen demands a complete lack of clutter so behind those sleek surfaces there must be hidden storage gems offering efficient and user-friendly solutions that also maximise the available space.

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Planning a practical kitchen is all a question of zones according to Blum and acting out typical daily activities can highlight whether workflows function well.

Blum divides the kitchen into five key zones – here’s how:
 
http://www.thekitchenthink.co.uk/planning/is-your-kitchen-practical
 
Make the most of these zones with the following storage ideas:
 
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As leading innovators in ergonomic storage solutions, PEKA invented the versatile Magic Corner unit in the 1980s.

This ingenious concept, designed to maximise all the available space in corner cabinets, has been through many changes but the basic principle remains the same – a swing-out storage system giving easy and immediate access to all items.

When the Magic Corner was first introduced sales were initially slow as the market was dominated by carousels and it took a while for the tremendous potential of the product to be fully appreciated.

Timeline:

1985: First introduced
1988 and 1992: Technical improvements
2000: Magic Corner Flex introduced
2003: Magic Corner Comfort introduced
2004: Magic Corner Standard enhanced
2008: Clip fix technology introduced to all versions
2009:  Magic Corner Swing introduced, a new, easier to assemble model with enhanced features to significantly reduce the installation time. The new clip-on front effectively halves assembly time and the clever use of technology means the unit can be built and adjusted quickly and easily, entirely without tools. The unit, available in left and right hand options, has excellent sliding properties and also benefits from the Slow Stop Plus soft-closing system.


The PEKA Magic Corner has five international patents on various parts and the name Magic Corner is Trademarked.

If, therefore, you buy an item marketed as a Magic Corner that is not actually made by PEKA in Switzerland or supplied by their partner in Germany Kessebohmer then it is not the genuine article.

Caveat emptor!

http://www.peka-system.ch/
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Rooting around in kitchen cupboards trying to find something is both time-wasting and frustrating. Investing in internal storage solutions for your cabinets will not only maximise your space but also bring welcome order and method to your kitchen.
 
It’s particularly important to organise the contents of your base cupboards as these can be the most awkward for you to access. It’s virtually impossible to see what’s hiding at the back of the cupboard so pull-out solutions are definitely the best option, allowing you to spot the item you’re looking for instantly and extract it easily without having to take other items out, too.
 
PEKA and Linea wirework trays and baskets are available in a range of sizes and configurations to suit all base units starting with racks for bottles and jars and storage for tea towels and trays in 150mm units.
 
You’ll also find options for angled and curved doors, clever corner solutions cabinets and an array of undersink models to keep cleaning materials safely and neatly stored. For country kitchens, there’s a choice of wicker baskets for keeping vegetables stored at the correct temperature.
 
If you have an island or a peninsular unit, there is the ingenious Riverso drawer which can be accessed from either side for your convenience. And if you like to do the ironing in the kitchen, you can even conceal a pull-out ironing board in your base cabinet.
 
Simplify your life by making the most of your kitchen storage!
 
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One of the most awkward spaces to access in your kitchen is the corner cabinet unit, usually supplied with just a shelf. Most people don’t know what’s lurking at the back of their cupboards, out of date tins, probably a fondue or an unused wedding gift.
 
The best solution is to use some magic – PEKA Magic Corner to be precise. PEKA invented this ultimate, ergonomic innovation to make the best use of corner space and it is now renowned the world over. With fully integrated Soft Close, The Magic Corner is still the original and best corner solution on the market today. When the front is pulled open, the frame immediately swivels round to the side. The direct swivel motion prevents the unit from colliding with the handles of the adjacent unit. The entire contents of the cupboard are then visible and easy to reach.
 
The latest addition to corner units is the PEKA – Fluid Corner, a very stylish designer product that is easily fitted into a corner. A smooth combination of turning for easy access to both shelves which are independently hinged.
 
Less expensive options include the easily fitted and useful 1/2 Plastic Carousel with Chrome Rails.
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