Do you love cooking? Does your family spend a lot of time in the kitchen? As you may observe, there are many things you can do in the kitchen. You can cook, eat, drink, and even work. So since it’s one of the busiest rooms in the house, it’s essential to plan kitchen designs based on your needs.
Whether your kitchen is new or you’re just having a renovation, it’s important to consider every aspect of it. In addition, there should be must-have features so that you can enjoy staying in the kitchen.
Do you remember the time when everything was almost manual? Sure, there’s the blender, refrigerator, and stove. But nowadays, there are more helpful gadgets that can make your cooking and baking easier.
So if you’re planning kitchen designs, here are some tips you should keep in mind!
1. Arrange the traffic
When designing a kitchen, the most important thing is the walkway or traffic. If the cook and helpers can’t get through, it’ll be hard to create perfect meals every day. If you have limited space, think about the usual set-up in your kitchen. How many people are usually in the kitchen when cooking?
For instance, if you have a partner and kids, they must help you in the kitchen from time to time. So if possible, set the walkways for around 48 inches. But aside from the people in the kitchen, you must also include more space for opening appliances, cabinets, and drawers.
2. Find the right counter height and design
In terms of meal preparations, there should be enough counter space based on the number of meals you prepare every day. You can search for chefs who prepare meals similar to yours and look for the size of their countertops.
But aside from the size, you should also consider the height. It’ll be easier to prepare meals if the counter height is just right. Meanwhile, if your usual helpers are not the same height as yours, then you can have one countertop with a different height.
As for the design, there are various countertop materials available in the market. You can choose laminated, granite, or quartz. But aside from these three, there are other must-try countertops you should check out when you visit a hardware store.
3. Maximise storage space
It’s fine to see a few pots hanging around. But when all your kitchen tools are exposed, it might seem too much. When planning kitchen designs, it’s important to utilise the space efficiently. But even if you have ample cupboard space, if you’re not used to arranging your pans inside, then it’ll just be a waste.
Nowadays, there are “secret” storage racks where you can put a lot of kitchen tools and equipment. They usually look like simple cabinets, but they can easily move from one place to another.
Moreover, you can add a designated cabinet for all the cleaning materials. That way, they won’t be mixed with the food ingredients.
4. Install proper lighting and flooring
Wouldn’t it be nice to cook in a kitchen with a great ambiance and spotless flooring? If your kitchen is set for chill cooking, your dishes will always come out great.
Today, it’s easier to find the best lights, which can also be adjustable. But aside from having the best lights, you should also install corner lights to cover the entire kitchen. Besides, it’s nice to mix two to three lights to create the best shade.
When it comes to the flooring, it should be compatible with the rest of the kitchen, including the lights. Additionally, the materials and texture should also fit the needs of a kitchen. For instance, don’t pick tiles that are too slippery to avoid any kind of accidents.
5. Consider your appliances
Do already have appliances? Before anything else, you should buy appliances first. That way, when you finalise your measurements, you won’t have to encounter problems in the future. Sure, you always prepare standard measurements. But what if you found a better refrigerator than you planning to buy?
It’s sad to let go of something you want just because it won’t fit in your kitchen. So even if you think your mind is set on the standard model of certain appliances, find a way to secure them first before preparing their designated space.
Keep in mind that the appliances are the priority when finalising kitchen designs. If you won’t able to factor them in, it’ll be hard to come up with the layout, and the whole kitchen might not look pleasing.
Are you ready to achieve your dream kitchen? Just like any other changes, creating kitchen designs can be tough especially if it’s your first time. That’s why you should also for professional assistance to help you attain your dreams.
Do you have more tips to achieve the best custom kitchen? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aliana Baraquio is a web content writer working for Waratah Kitchens, a family-owned company that specialises in the design, supply, and installation of custom kitchens in Sydney since 1994. As a writer, she is passionate about providing good quality articles that will help readers in making the right choice.