One of the many solutions where space is at a premium is a kitchen with pull-out table, which will change the room layout simply and quickly. This makes it possible to create extra work space by adding another surface to act as a practical table only when needed.
Pull-out tables are often an essential solution in small kitchens, where every centimetre counts. A pull-out table provides a worktop to use for preparing and consuming food and can ‘disappear’ quickly and easily when it is no longer needed.
There are several types of pull-out tables, but the most popular are drop-down and slide-away.
The first type is attached to a wall or structure – shelving, for example – by means of a hinge system. One or two folding legs or a wall bracket ensure that the top is safely supported and stable.
The second type slides away horizontally, so the table is pulled out from a base unit or existing top. The length of this type of table can be used to accommodate a number of guests. It pulls out with a sliding mechanism on runners. This solution may also use legs or folding supports to ensure stability.
In smaller kitchens, for example in studio flats, the space for moving around in the kitchen can be extremely limited. In such cases a pull-out table with its perfect mechanisms solves the problem by providing a worktop or table to pull out only as and when needed.
However, this solution is also increasingly popular in large open plan layouts, where a pull-out table can be used to extend a worktop, an existing table, island, peninsula or snack counter.
In this way, a pull-out top can be used to create extra table space for guests, but also provide continuity between the kitchen and living room for informal entertaining with aperitifs or buffet meals.
Besides pull-out tables, there are many solutions to optimise space without renouncing functionality. For example, Gentili Cucine’s Time programme proposes equipped tall units with re-entrant doors, which conceal ovens and a practical pull-out steel worktop.
Base units and wall units also provide several space-saving solutions, for example vertical sliding doors for small ovens, or pull-out baskets in base units and tall units.
The so-called ‘kidney bean’ mechanisms are also extremely effective, as well as those with four pull-out baskets, providing concealed baskets that can be used for the practical, discreet storage of food or utensils.
It is important to clean and dry pull-out tables before they are put away, so that no food residue can accumulate on the mechanisms or lodge in inaccessible places where it can attract insects, for example. Make sure they are completely dry as damp could damage the surface over time.
It’s also a good idea to periodically check the opening and sliding mechanisms, particularly if they are used frequently.
A kitchen with pull-out table and other space-saving solutions means every element can be used effectively, when necessary due to limited space, or if needed to extend and increase the surfaces available for preparing and consuming food.
Gentili Cucine provides several solutions for tables, worktops, baskets, doors and accessories with which to optimise space and create bespoke kitchens for all needs.
Contact our consultants now and ask for the new Time 2023 catalogue to discover all the products by Gentili Cucine.