Cutlery is part and parcel of our daily lives and used in preparing, serving and eating food. The most commonly used items are the knife, fork and spoon.
Let us look at some Do It Yourself (“DIY”) utility out of these regular items. Say old forks and spoons; which can be bent and reshaped to be reused as a total new product.
Here are three different ideas :
1.Hang on Hook: Get your stainless steel spoons and fork. Flatten one side of
the spoon and clamp the other side to a rolling pin. Slowly keep turning the spoon around this until you get a required curve. This could be screwed to a pallet board or even nailed to the back wall near you garden or balcony to hang planters.
2.Key chain : Saw off the head of a spoon or a fork. Now bend the sawed end halfway inwards making it a circle. Slide a key ring in this half circle. Now close this circle into a loop. Slide in your keys into the rings.
3.Name holders: Bend the forks below the head using pliers. The base of this fork should be flattened to stand on its own. Now pull the two centre of the tongs a little behind to stick the name tags with its support.
When at home, a substantial amount of my time is spent in the kitchen, and it is probably the most used room in my house, as it is for most people. Having a kitchen which works efficiently is so important in having a happy life at home.
One of the most researched topic in kitchen design is the kitchen work triangle. And it works! It is based on placing the three most common work sites at their ergonomic best and to minimize traffic within the zone. The three main components are:
• The refrigerator: cold storage
• The sink: cleaning/preparation
• The stove: cooking
If these three are too far away from each other one wastes a lot of steps while preparing a meal. If they are too close to each other one will have a cramped kitchen.
While designing kitchens, I usually keep the following basics in mind:
• Each leg of the triangle should be between 4 and 9 feet
• The total of all three legs should be between 12 and 26 feet
• No obstructions (cabinets, islands, etc.) should intersect a leg of the work triangle
• Household traffic should not flow through the work triangle
“Eating in the kitchen” is something we have to deal with in small apartments as well as in large houses. Small apartments have the challenge of space, and it may be smart to snuggle in a small table within the kitchen for a quick meal. In large apartments or houses, a table in the relatively larger kitchen will save time walking to another space where the dining are is, especially during rush hours like breakfast. There are a few clear advantages of such a table.
1. A small table, with four seats or stools has the added advantage of doubling up as a secondary preparation table in the kitchen.
2. Often when guests are invited for a home cooked meal, the hosts may have to spend time in the kitchen. During such times the costs could invite the guests in to the kitchen, and they could sit there and keep on conversing.
3. Many find it convenient to put down a laptop on the kitchen table and check emails with a cup of coffee or soup.
4. Mothers can supervise their children’s assignments while cooking by making them work on the kitchen table; or generally keep them busy with some activity, surely a better way then making them watch TV.
Such a table can even be foldable and be pulled down from the wall, thereby freeing up space, especially in small kitchens.