Instructions to Avoid the Most Common Kitchen Design Dilemmas Fox News
“When it comes to kitchen pla
ing, designers hear the same complaints from homeowners about whatu2019s wrong or frustrating about their kitchens. Most of these recurring problems u2014 and their resulting complaints u2014 stem from a kitchen not having been designed with the ownersu2019 needs in mind (often the case, of course, with inherited kitchens).
If you hire good designers, theyu2019ll spend time asking you how you live in your home; how you use, or would like to use, your kitchen; and about your lifestyle, tastes and habits. You could get a head start by making a list of your kitchen likes and dislikes, frustrations and wishes, to help you avoid the issues outlined below.
Not enough storage. One of the most common kitchen design problems resulting from poor pla
ing is insufficient storage. This can easily lead to clutter, mess and frustration. Yet even in really small kitchens, generous upper and lower cabinets should be achievable u2014 you just need careful and sometimes imaginative pla
ing to fully maximize the space.
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Kitchen corner units, for example, can make use of otherwise unused space. Pullout corner organizers keep contents accessible.
Similarly, drawers offer more generous storage for pans than cabinets do and are easier to access. Another option for a small kitchen is upper cabinets that extend to the ceiling, with a stool nearby for reaching the highest items.
There are also lots of clever storage options to consider, such as secret drawers or hidden spice racks, and many kitchen storage options are specifically designed for smaller items, such as gadgets, handheld appliances and utensils.
Carefully thinking about your storage needs from an early stage of the design process will ensure that you include enough of it and, in the long term, make for a much happier kitchen environment.
ed layout and workflow. A poor kitchen layout will make you work much harder than necessary and ultimately stop you from enjoying it. Your kitchen should work specifically for you, with a workflow and layout designed to cater to your individual needs.
For this to happen, your designer must enquire about your lifestyle, habits and kitchen requirements, as well as how many people live in your house, who likes to cook and what your preferred cooking style is. All this information should be used in the pla
ing of your layout.
While a lot of designers still plan using the traditional kitchen triangle, I think defining separate areas or zones for prepping, washing and cooking can result in a more efficient and personalized design. This approach allows fluidity in the positioning of the different areas of the kitchen.
And your kitchen should look good too!
Insufficient counter space where needed. A lack of countertop space, or counters not being positioned where you need them, is a common design problem. It can also prove to be one of the most frustrating, since your counter is needed for just about every activity youu2019ll carry out in your kitchen.”