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Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 27th April 2015
As someone who writes about kitchens and kitchen appliances for a living, I am often asked to talk about small kitchens and the clever storage solutions and tricks of the trade that create an illusion of space. The one thing that used to be non-negotiable however was a range cooker. For that, you needed a good 90cm, 100cm or 110cm slot… but not any more. Thanks to Rangemaster, there is now a collection of 60cm designs, which are the same as their standard portfolio, only smaller.
There are three styles to choose from, to complement contemporary kitchens, classic settings and everything in between. The Professional, the Kitchener and the Classic start from just £799 so they are really affordable, too.
Whilst it’s smaller on the outside, you still benefit from all the fantastic Rangemaster features and functions that you’d get with the larger models. All three styles are available in all-gas or all-electric and have two ovens for cooking flexibility. Added features include a handy griddle plate on the gas versions and oven timer on all models. Grilling is a breeze thanks to the deep grill pan and trivet, which allow for two grilling levels – think toast and bacon on one and succulent sausages on the other.
These slimline cookers are easy to clean with catalytic liners and chrome-plated ladders inside the oven cavities while five cooking levels add further versatility to your daily meals.
To make the most of every inch, team your 60cm Rangemaster with a slimline 45cm dishwasher – Rangemaster has an A+ rated 10 place setting model with six washing temperatures, 10 programmes, foldable plate racks and LCD digital display.
Once the appliances are in place, there are plenty of other ways to enhance the feeling of space. Stick to pale, neutral walls and floor and avoid fussy patterns and dark colours. Reflective surfaces will ‘bounce’ light around the room, making it feel larger – think stainless steel sink and tap, glass or mirrored splashbacks, high-gloss cabinets and sleek, shiny granite worktops. If you like the idea of a tiled floor, go for large format tiles and choose clever lighting in the form of ceiling spotlights, downlights underneath wall cabinets and feature lighting inside glazed units, underneath the plinths or around the perimeter of an island unit. Rangemaster’s wide selection of cooker hoods not only offer excellent extraction but can also be used to add another lighting dimension at the same time.
Storage is also key in a compact kitchen – pull-out slimline larders can be used for bottles, packets and tins and are great for filling in a small gap at the end of a run of units. Tambour shutters are steel or aluminium roll-down screens that conceal small appliances and breakfast items, keeping the worktop area clear, while wall-hung sliding systems are perfect for storing utensils. If the room doesn’t get much natural light, replace wall cabinets with open ‘floating’ shelving instead, as this will prevent the room from feeling closed in.