How to make a mud kitchen?

A mud kitchen is a place for children to act like they are cooking and serving the real food when they are just using the combination of mud, water and sand.

  • A mud kitchen helps to encourage children to communicate and express their thoughts which develop social skills and etiquette in kids.
  • A mud kitchen is a safe place, set up anywhere in the open area.

 

Things you need to make a mud kitchen

  1. Wooden Pallets
  2. Wood Tables
  3. Plastic Chairs
  4. Bowls and Spoons
  5. Sand and Mud
  6. Water
  7. Paint

 

How to make a mud kitchen by yourself

A mud kitchen can be made from household things placed unused for the times and if you want to use new fittings, buy brand new wooden pallets of the required size. Mud kitchen accessories are easily available in the market. Read the following guide to make a mud kitchen.

 

STEP 1

Take a wooden pallet

To make the base and primary setup, take a wooden pallet of the desired length that will be constructed into the main structure for your mud kitchen.

We recommend you to take two pieces of the wooden pallet; you can have them as per your requirement. One-piece will provide support at the back and the other will act as a base.

 

STEP 2

Prepare the worktop

Make holes in the worktop to place bowls and sink. Place the sink and bowls on the pallet and trace them using a Pencil. You can make as many as holes you want and cut them with a jigsaw.

Extra setups can be made on worktop such as

  • A log can be used as a kitchen hob.
  • Square pieces of Wooden can be used as shelves of a kitchen and can be fixed at the backsplash made from pallets.
  • Old drawers and cabinets fixed to the worktop enhance the functionality and the outlook of a mud kitchen.

 

STEP 3

Join the pallets

Though playing in a mud kitchen is purely for kids, but the construction work belongs to the adults as it includes working with sharp and heavy tools such as Jigsaw, Screws, Drill, and Hammer.

  • Attach the edges of both pallets using L-shaped hinges and drill the holes to fix screws.
  • Secure the backsplash and the worktop properly with screws and bolts.

STEP 4

Keep the accessories inside

Till now, you have done wonderful work and we successfully made a mud kitchen for kids’ development. You can now furnish the kitchen with main accessories. Add Sink, Bowls, mugs, spoons, plates and pans to your worktop.

  • Kids’ toys and plastic kitchen utensils can also be added to the layout.
  • To make the place more playful and gorgeous, add extra features like flower pots, recipe boards, Jars, Wind chips and anything that your kids love to play with.

 

STEP 5

Add the sitting area

While you are drowning in the beauty of the kitchen worktop, do not forget the sitting area.

  • Place tables and chairs around a mud kitchen so that the friends and customers can enjoy the play way and meals.
  • Wooden Pallets can also be utilized to make small tables and sittings.

 

STEP 6

Paint your mud kitchen

Use paint of your choice over wooden pallets, children can also perform this task as it is safe and fun.

  • Kids can write their names in the kitchen make flowers, decorations and do what makes them feel more confident and expressive.

 

STEP 7

Preparing meals

Your mud kitchen is complete now, gift it to your kids and look at their happy and excited faces. Let them invite their friends and prepare mud meals.

  • Make sure to use only clean and safe materials for cooking and playing purpose.
  • Fill the utensils with mud, sand and water and let the children enjoy the old-school and fashionable place.

How long does it take to fit a kitchen?

The period of making a kitchen completely depends on the type of layout design and the size of a kitchen.

The old kitchen renovation takes less time than making a new fitting of a kitchen.

  • Renovation can be done within 2 weeks because it only includes some replacements and installations of new setups. In some cases, an old kitchen just needs repairs of extensions, tools, floors, Worktops, and water lines. Therefore, a little variation can occur accordingly.
  • A brand-new kitchen has to start from scratch, including new fittings such as water lines, electric lines, tiles, floors, cabinets, and colouring. All these aspects are time-consuming and can take a time of 4-5 months.

New Kitchen- 4 to 5 months and

An Old Kitchen- 1 to 2 months

7+ Best ways to arrange your Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen appliances are indeed space consuming. Read the post to find some space-saving and interesting ways to arrange your kitchen appliances efficiently and smartly.

Bumped into someone while trying to reach your fridge alongside cooking?

Find your microwave or air fryer too far while trying to serve the dinner?

Most of the time, we’d have stood in the kitchen wondering alternative spaces for our kitchen appliances and planning what would have worked better.

A bad kitchen appliance arrangement not only hinders your way, reduce your efficiency, sacrifices your counter space but is visually unpleasing as well.

This post helps you choose the right arrangement for kings and queens of your kitchen i.e. your appliances that maximize your space and make it appear more welcoming.

How to arrange Kitchen Appliances?

1.     Follow the Kitchen Triangle (Big Kitchen Appliances)

The big Kitchen appliances are the cream of the crop. Your fridge, hob and dishwasher are the ones that are used quite constantly.

The cooktop, fridge and cleaning area should be placed in such as way that they form a triangle. All the other things should be arranged with respect to this kitchen triangle.

Following the dynamics of kitchen triangle makes things easy to access, expedites your work and is indeed more ergonomic.

Each leg of the triangle should fall between 4 and 9 feet. This makes it easy for you to manoeuvre between the big appliances as you prepare the food and clean it up later.

There is no hard and fast rule. You can easily customize the spaces as long as all three areas are located in the proximity of each other.

2.     Grouping the most used kitchen appliances

Having a limited kitchen storage space? Arranging the appliances becomes even more tedious.

An ideal way to arrange and organize your kitchen appliances is to group them by their usage:

  • Never used
  • Rarely used
  • Frequently used

It’s better to scrutinize the appliances as per their usage. It’s always better to buy appliances that serve multiple purposes rather than single-shot usage.

For example: You can go for a powerful and high-quality blender that can serve as your food processor as well.

If your stockpot or cooker cooks the rice perfectly, then there’s no need to buy a rice cooker and stock up your space.

Be very wise and clever while choosing the appliances.

3.     Take a break from your never-used appliances

Yes! We understand this is the hardest step –partying ways from your appliances.

But, no matter how much you like an appliance, it’s better to let it go if you don’t use it. This will create much-needed space in your kitchen which can be used in a better way.

Rice cookers, coffee makers, egg poachers, grinders… If you use these appliances, Great!

If you are not using them, there is no point in stocking and decorating them in your kitchen. They are just consuming your space.

If you haven’t made a coffee with that coffee maker or never poached an egg or use stovepots for rice, then take these appliances and store them at a higher storage area.

Free up the lower or handy storage space for appliances that really need them!

4.     Go for an Appliance Garage

Exploring the internet on how to arrange appliances in a small kitchen? Have a look.

It’s always convenient to keep all the frequently used small appliances on the countertop such as a toaster, blender etc.

Accessibility is always the first concern for everyone as it helps you speed up your work and avoid unnecessary fumbling for appliances.

But, keeping them as such in plain view, gives a cluttered and messy look to your kitchen.

The best way to keep these frequently used kitchen appliances is by going for an appliance garage. It’s a specially designed cabinet that you can easily rest on your countertop.

You can use a flip-up or a roll-up shutter to hide them when they’re not in use. This not only makes your space look tidy but at the same time gives you the ease of accessibility.

Place this appliance garage near your meal preparation area as you may need them in the preparation.

While designing this cabinet, make sure that there are plugs nearby so that you don’t have to go here and there looking to plug in the appliances.

5.       Dedicated Hanging Cabinets

When we talk about the most used appliances in the kitchen, the microwave scores the runner up position after the refrigerator.

Over the years, a microwave has become one of the quintessential appliances in every home and needs a dedicated space for the same.

Being on a bulkier side, placing a microwave on your countertop means a huge loss of your shelve space.

The best way to place a microwave is to install a hanging cabinet either independently or beneath one of your existing over-the-shelf cabinets.

This frees up the counter space that can easily be used for food preparation or other small appliances such as toaster, coffee maker, blender or even you can install a small kitchen garage as mentioned in #4.

The modern-day microwaves come with wall mounting accessories as well which makes the entire installation process easier.

In some of the brands, the appliances come with a mounting wall plate, you just need to drill a hole near your electrical socket and it’s a pretty straight DIY project.

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6.     Pull out trays for small kitchen appliances

Pull out trays are quickly becoming one of the most loved kitchen organization ideas that boost the storage efficiency of the space.

You can utilize the lower cabinets/drawers to create pull-out trays for larger kitchen appliances.

Now store your juicer, mixer, toaster, griller and other similar electronic appliances inside a cabinet and make your life simple, less chaotic and easy-going.

Need an appliance, Just pull out the tray and get access to your desired one!

The modern-day pull out trays provides a ready-to-use work surface for the stored appliances. This means no physical discomfort and goodbye to backaches that made you lift the appliances out from the cabinet.

7.     Cart storage

Low on budget?

Couldn’t afford to make more cabinets?

Don’t worry! Let’s give you an economical and affordable option.

Cart storage or movable racks offer you an ideal way to organize your appliances. Go for a multi-shelve cart or rack that you can use to arrange your microwave, toaster, sandwich maker, water heater etc.

A movable kitchen rack helps you take your appliances wherever you want and make them accessible at the tip of your hand.

8.     Pantry Placement

If you’ve got a pantry unit, that doesn’t mean that you need to store only groceries or baking supplies. It can serve as a home to a few of your appliances as well.

This is one of the smart and creative ways to organize your kitchen. 

At first thought, storing appliances in your pantry unit may seem inconvenient, but it certainly depends on what appliances you are using to store.

9.     Extra Shelving

Planning to renovate the kitchen? Don’t forget to add some extra shelves to your kitchen space.

These open/floating shelves can help you store your frequently-used small appliances such as toasters, blenders, choppers etc.

These shelves also act as home to your everyday essentials, you munching boxes, colourful mugs and all your frequently used china ware as well.

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10. Using Cabinets

A lot of small appliances cluttering your countertop space?

Take a deeper look at your cabinets and drawers. They may have additional space or extra room to accommodate your appliances.

Watch out for some extra space in the cabinets near the food preparation area. Storing your appliances in the cabinet means you just need to pull them out when you need them.

Storing the things in the cabinet means they’re in reach as well as the kitchen is well organized and clutter-free.

A Good Design is the Key to a spacious & organized kitchen

When it comes to arranging kitchen appliances, it’s all about how your kitchen is designed.

If you are planning to renovate or go for a new build, always connect with professional kitchen experts.

These design connoisseurs understand your requirements, lifestyle, needs and nitty-gritty of the kitchens to deliver you a cooking space that is the best of both worlds.

Stay tuned with this space for more interesting insights on kitchen designs and DIY things.