Every household will find their needs different in terms of what they want within their kitchen and how it is to be used.
Here are our top tips for planning your new kitchen...
Consider Size and Shape
You may want a kitchen with an island in the middle of the room, but is this achievable in the size of your room? The last thing you want is to find that you don’t have room for the essentials because you’ve incorporated a kitchen design layout that doesn’t suit the size or shape of your room. Consider the size of your room and be realistic in your kitchen design. The size of your kitchen may limit the layout options you can have and if your budget allows, moving walls or relocating your kitchen may be the best option.
Each household will function differently in their kitchen and therefore have different needs. For example, if you entertain frequently you may want to design your kitchen with a large island bench where guests can sit and chat whilst you prepare dinner. Or if you buy in bulk when you do your grocery shopping you will need a kitchen that has plenty of storage.
In order to make it easier in the planning process, make a list of all the things you require within your new kitchen, in terms of what appliances you want to include; the proximity of these appliances to other areas within the kitchen; what you need to store and what activities will be carried out within the kitchen (i.e. entertaining, single-person cooking, kids doing homework whilst parents cooking or prepping).
The height of all your cupboards is something you do need to consider carefully. You want cupboards at a level that you can reach, but also out of the way of your head. There are many accessory options that allow you to have storage up out of the way but still easily accessible including several different styles of lift up doors. It is worth researching the different types of storage systems available to create a kitchen design that maximises your space.
When you’re looking into kitchen design, think carefully about all the items you will need to store and use in the kitchen. Create a list of everything that needs to be stored in your kitchen including appliances, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery etc. Use large corner cupboards for larger items like slow cookers, rice cookers, blenders and the like. Frequently used items need to be easy to access and daily crockery and cutlery easily accessible to the dishwasher. Enlist the help of drawer accessories to keep drawers tidy and maximise storage.
When trying to decide what area will go where, think about how you work within your kitchen and the flow you want to create to make your time in the kitchen easier. Place your washing up amenities and spaces together, put your refrigerator within close proximity of your prep area, which should also be close to your cooktop. Take the time to think about how to make cooking and/or cleaning more efficient. Maintaining a work triangle will greatly improve the flow of your kitchen.
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