Think you know a thing or two about kitchen design? Sure, you know what floors go well with which cabinets and counter tops, but what about the more functional side of design? How much storage do you need? Where do you plan on storing everything? Will your storage decisions complicate your workflow? Even if you are the master at kitchen design, here are a few things to keep in mind when remodeling or designing a kitchen!
Determine your kitchen’s functions
Taking advantage of the space is extremely important in kitchen design. This is especially important in smaller spaces. Every square inch is usable space when organized correctly! During the design process, think about what each space is going to be used for. For example, add a couple extra inches to that counter top because your toaster would fit perfect right there, or adding a pull out spice rack at the end because it seems better suited than a full cabinet!
Cabinet functionality is important as well. Their function depends on their proximity to appliances! Once all the plumbing and electrical is sorted out, decide which cabinets are best to hold pots and pans, and which are best to hold dishes.
Everyone uses their kitchen in a unique way. The best way to handle this is to imagine yourself in your kitchen and see where you end up.
Work triangle tips
Everyday items are best kept near the sink or prep area, as they will be easily accessible and just as easy to clean.
Silverware drawers are best placed near the sink and/or dishwasher, with dishes above, or below.
Spices should be stored near your cook top or prep area. Whether you prefer to keep them on a spice rack, in a cabinet, or right on the counter, keep them well organized and easily accessible.
Drawers or cabinets?
Cabinets do cost less than drawers. Most architects agree, however, that deep, wide, drawers are much more functional. They allow you to be able to use the entire space, without all that empty space above each shelf. Plus being able to pull it out, rather than crouching down and digging in the back of the cabinet, is much easier on the user.
A designer tip: Door to Drawer conversions are an awesome alternative! Creating pullout drawers in your lower cabinets is the best of both worlds in many cases!
Maximizing space and storage
Maximizing storage will often make a kitchen feel more open! Dedicating one wall with floor to ceiling storage is a great way to keep counter tops clear. Playing with drawer and counter heights will add extra storage and make a more interesting space. Even the extra space next to the refrigerator is a place for extra storage!
Furthermore, with these few tips, hopefully your kitchen will feel more efficient and functional!