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The kitchen for when you’re in-between kitchens

01 April 2015

What do you do when you’ve taken out your old kitchen but haven’t put in your new one yet? You could live on take away dinners and wash dishes in the bathroom...
Or you could get a trolley. Not just to go in your new kitchen. But to be your kitchen for a few weeks, too. In our opinion, trolleys are pretty much good for anything.
Like storage. But, a limited amount of storage. So don’t try and sneak in that extra potato peeler and spatula. Save space for important things, like food. (Remember, this isn’t your forever kitchen, just your for-two-weeks kitchen).

Some hooks and rails added to a simple wooden wall are perfect for storing kitchen utensils like measuring jugs, sieves, pots, pans and even hanging plants. They keep the trolley surface clear for a temporary kitchen stove and a wooden chopping board.

And hooks and rails. We love them too. Your toolbox is out anyway, so you might as well put up a few rails and save your trolley top for slicing and dicing.

Turn an IKEA trolley into a dining table using some metre fabric around the edges to mimic a tablecloth. The wall is still used for storage thanks to hooks and rails. A step-ladder can double as a dinner seat and a radio can be hooked to the rail.

Dinner for two

The keyword here is two. Since there’s just two of you, you only need that many bowls, plates, and glasses. 

Add a little metre fabric and your ‘kitchen’ looks
(almost) like a dining table. (We did say trolleys are basically good for anything...)

Make time for a coffee break and load a wooden tray with a coffee-filled cafetiere, some warmed milk in a jug and some coffee mugs.
You can use a plastic box, combined with a small draining rack to create a mini washing-up area on a kitchen trolley. A wall light, clamped to a rail, ensures you can clearly see what you’re doing.

The portable wash box

OK, so maybe trolleys aren’t good for everything after all. They can’t be dishwashers. But they do have room for storing a dish-washing box and drying rack. You’ll have to wash the dishes the old fashioned way. But at least you don’t have to wash them in the bathroom sink.