The best pedal bin for a small kitchen
The top trash solution for tiny kitchens: Proven over the years
On the right you'll see (if you look carefully - the photograph isn't fantastic) the Brabantia pedal bin that I have in my teeny- tiny kitchen.
Now it's not every day that I'd be moved to write about a garbage can, of all things, but this is a wonderful product that I need to share with you.
Small kitchens need careful consideration
For many years, I worked as a professional kitchen designer in England. Almost every client had one major complaint about their old, inferior kitchen - 'I need more space' they'd exclaim. I've always had small kitchens so I am an expert (and well trained and qualified) in choosing products wisely that maximize limited space.
I've always had small kitchen in my own homes so in addition to my professional capacity, I can also speak from daily personal experience.
Yes, the Brabantia is the trash can I recommend - and use myself
One answer for small spaces used to be the under-sink garbage can. I have never liked these. They can be unwieldy to use and they take up space in your below-sink cabinet that you probably need for cleaning supplies. (They can also be a little stinky because they don't have the air circulation) But I needed a solution that takes up little floor space.
The Brabantia pedal bin
This item is about 10 to 11 inches in diameter and it stands a good two feet high.It can hold a lot of garbage but only take up minimal floor space. Because it is so sturdy,I can use the lid as an extra work surface (see the photograph below). It has a strong liner too which is easy to rinse every time the trash can is emptied - I use the garden hose and just rinse it out for a few minutes.
The liner remains hidden
This is a BIG plus for me. I hate to see perfectly stylish trash cans that have an unsightly plastic liner hanging out of the top. If I'm feeling in an environmentally-friendly mode - which is more and more often these days - I don't use a liner at all because the tough inner plastic liner is so easy to use (it has a sturdy handle) and easy to clean. Yet another advantage that is green and money-saving.
This is a new model so how can I talk about its durability?
Because I bought the previous model and it must have been ten years ago. It's still in great shape and with the arrival of the new one, I donated it to our communal laundry room where it is performing sterling service in its 'retirement'.
In fact, it gets harsher treatment in the laundry room than it ever did in my kitchen. Because in theory it now belongs to no-one, people aren't careful about looking after it.
After all that hard work in my kitchen for all those years, it's now neglected. But it's standing up to the job admirably.
See the promo video below
I stress too that this is odour proof. There are no nasty pongs coming from my trash can what might end up in there. Because I live in a warm climate, this is particularly important to me.
You might be like me and be a little baffled by what some people call a 'small kitchen' - many of those shown in this book seem huge to me.
But nevertheless you'll find some excellent ideas for your own small space.
As I said above,it's perfectly possible - and completely hygienic - to use this pedal bin without liners.
But if you prefer to use them, these are specifically designed by the manufacturer of this exceptional trash can.
I really hate the bin-liner-showing-over-the-top look - it's not at all stylish.Here's the answer.
Your pedal bin will perform double duty
Here you see the pedal bin in my kitchen.You can see that I use the sturdy top as an extra work surface. Here I have put a lazy susan on top of the lid. I also have circular trays that I use in the same way to create extra space.
Every inch - nay, every centimetre - counts when you're cooking in a tiny space.
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© 2013 Jackie Jackson