How to get more space out of your kitchen
As the hub of the home, a kitchen is often one of the busiest rooms in the house. Therefore, no matter how big or small it’s important to understand how to make best use of the available space. These clever kitchen design tips will help you maximise your space, making it work harder for you.
- Don’t rush in. It’s always a good idea, where possible, to live with your existing kitchen before making any major changes. Often people move into a new home and it’s the first room to be overhauled due to its importance within the home. Over time you get a better understanding of what changes are needed and how the layout could work better for you.
- Space planning is critical. There are limitless options when it comes to kitchen design but it’s always important to remember how the space will be used. Consider the ‘working triangle’ principle which incorporates the sink, hob and fridge-freezer. These should be placed at an optimal distance of less than 9 feet but more than 4 feet apart, so as not to create a bottle neck. Use all of your space wisely and think about where work stations will be situated. If you consider that two people could be using the kitchen at once, then no appliances should be grouped too closely together, ensuring everyone has enough room to maneuver.
- A place for everything. Try to design storage space specifically for what it will hold. For instance, clever internal corner units are a must if space is at a premium, as they utilise every inch. However, knowing what will be kept in that cupboard really helps you to make the right choices in terms of kitchen storage design. Some shelving will be better suited to small objects like tinned food and jars, while others lend themselves to larger items like pots and pans.
- Use styling to help theme storage options. In a traditionally styled kitchen the addition of ceiling hooks or pot racks can be visually in-keeping with the design, while also taking advantage of otherwise unused storage space. Likewise, a sleek contemporary kitchen design could benefit from freeing up floor space, by integrating a hidden bin and recycling unit, keeping the walkway free from clutter.
- Be realistic with seating. While images of kitchens with a dining table and chairs, plus a cosy corner sofa and stools at a breakfast bar might all look great, in reality would you use all of the seating options to its full advantage? Except maybe at Christmas time and the occasional party, it’s unlikely so many people will be in the kitchen at once, so consider which options work best for your lifestyle and perhaps put some of the space to better use.
- Go big on storage. Where possible invest in larger storage options. Deep pan drawers are super versatile and will cleverly hold stacked plates and bowls as well as large items like heavy duty casserole dishes and cast-iron cooking pots. Floor to ceiling pantries and tall pull-out larders, take up minimal floor space and yet offer so much in vertical storage. You simply won’t regret having oodles of storage and cleverly concealed fitted units will always give you a feeling of more space.
If you would like design advice about your kitchen and how to optimize space that works for your requirements, contact your local showroom or book a virtual design consultation with one of our experienced designers.