Its recognised these days that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It needs to be a purposeful space which you enjoy being in. Here are 20 tips to consider when designing your kitchen from guest author Complete Joiner Solutions North East, a weell established joiner in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
1. Reduce wasted steps. Give some thought to how and where you use items. Store breakfast ingredients and containers near to the breakfast table. Store food containers and wraps in one space next to a work surface for wrapping leftovers. Dishes and flatware needs to be stored near the sink and dishwasher for easy unloading.
2. Design the space with wider walkways. Paths throughout a kitchen need to be at a minimum 36 inches wide. Paths in the cooking zone ought to be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration. When planning, adapt kitchen islands and peninsulas accordingly.
3. Consider kitchen traffic. If you have, or plan to have children in particular keep the space child friendly, Ensure the cooktop is kept away from the traffic areas so adults and children alike arent likely to catch handles and cause dangerous spills when passing through.
4. Keep clear of edges. To make cabinet and appliance doors completely functional, plan space for the door’s clearance and swing direction in your kitchen design. Keep your kitchen appliances away from corners and make sure the doors don’t bang into one another if opened at the same time
5. Choose the right height for the microwave. The correct height and location for a microwave oven may vary depending on chef or the kid-friendly characteristics of the kitchen. For the grownups and teens, 15 inches above worktop level is about right, however if you have younger kids locating the appliance below countertop level is generally deemed safer and much more suitable.
6. Consider the kitchen Islands function. Form follows function when considering kitchen islands. If you want to cook and eat on kitchen islands, plan ample space so the cooktop is safely separated from the dining area.
7. Plan landing space. When designing your kitchen area, allow 15 inches of countertop on each side of a cooktop and refrigerator. Landing space is likewise essential nearby the microwave.
8. Give some thought to worktops. A large work surface would be needed for chefs that like to cook — ideally in between the range and sink. Additionally, having 2 countertop heights will help to make baking easier for when youngsters are involved in prep.
9. Double up. Positoning a second microwave and mini fridge or fridge drawer at the edge of the work centre can keep snackers out of the chef’s way. Consider adding in a snack bar as an after school area for kids.
10. Arrange the range. Place a shelf beside or behind the range to keep cooking oils, utensils, and spices handy. S Hooks at the side of the cooking area could be used to hang the most regularly used pots and pans.
11. Fill it up. Sick and tired of lugging pots of water from the sink to the cooker?? A swing-out tap — also known as a pot-filler — installed next to the cooktop fills pots near where you heat them.
12. Cinsider where t0 store sharp knives. You can hang your knives on a magnetic strip on the backsplash. This makes it easy to spot the right knife for a job and keeps dangerous objects out of children’s reach.
13. Make recycling effortless. Consider having a cabinet for recycling old newspapers, food waste, glass and plastics, keeping each container separate from the other results in effortless recycling.
14. Think short. Have a shelf or drawer full of the kids favourite snacks in a place they can easily reach.
15. Add a message center. Create a message center around the kitchen phone. Place a bulletins board, blackboard, or whiteboard on the wall, and store a diary, notebook, and writing utensils in a close by drawer.
16. Plug it in. Install a number of outlets along the backsplash and on the island so you’ll have electrical power wherever you need it.
17. Cut cleaning time. Consideration of cleaning when designing will make your cleaning life easier in the long run. Glass refrigerator shelves catch spills which wire shelves let through. Flush-set or undermount sinks don’t have a crumb-catching rim to worry about. A Matte finish won’t show dirt to the same degree as a gloss finish will.
18. Break up cabinetry blocks. Keep clear of unexciting, heavy blocks of doors and drawers by having attention-grabbing details including glass doors and display shelves. Or try wine storage or windows.
19. Use light colors in a small kitchen. Dark color schemes shrink an already small space and make it considerably less inviting. Use softer shades on cabinets and you can use natural light to expand a small room.
20. Give the new space a focal point. Splashy tile, fancy floors, sizable range hoods, bright kitchen cupboards, and busy countertops patterns can give you way too much to look at. Choose one focal point in your kitchen design and supplement that area with other subtle, eye-catching elements.