Kitchen Tips To Keep in Mind When Designing Your Dream Kitchenjustinplace
There is a reason why people say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. A lot is happening in the kitchen. It’s the place where the chocolate chip cookies smell in the oven gets you excited, where you experiment with new recipes to surprise your other half, where you get your first morning coffee from, and where you entertain your guests while cooking a delicious dinner. As you can see it’s not just a kitchen. Designing a kitchen can be fun but also a little challenging task. There are some kitchen tips that are important in the design, but we often don’t think about them.
Traffic in the kitchen
When spending time in the kitchen, you want to be as efficient as possible. How easy it is to move around and turn to quickly access the oven or drawers etc? You might have kids running around or a dog seeking your attention. You don’t want to feel claustrophobic. Think about a wide enough walkaway between the kitchen counter and the kitchen island.
For safety reasons, you can opt for a design, where the kitchen island or breakfast bar corners are curvilinear in shape.
The right height for your appliances
Another kitchen tip is the height of the appliances. There are standard heights for countertops and so on, but you also need to think about your own personal habits. For example, why not install the oven higher up from the ground. In this way, you don’t need to lean low to get your dinner from the oven, which will prevent back pains and make it safer when little kids are around. What about the microwave? Make sure that everything you use daily, is in easy reach.
What is the purpose of your kitchen island?
Do you want the kitchen island to double up as a dining table? Or will it have a double sink or a dishwasher that makes it a practical work area?
Organize your work zones
Make sure that everything you want to have in the kitchen, has its own, right place. For example, when you are cooking, you want to have easy access to cooking oils, spices, and kitchen utensils. Have a cupboard with pots and pans next to the cooktop. Design a pantry closet that is in hand reach, so when you are cooking a few things at the same time, you can still keep an eye on the cooktop and reach for a pack of rice or dried herbs.
Do you know that feeling when you have finished peeling or cutting your veggies and you need to put this waste into a bin, but the bin is on the other side of the kitchen island? Yes, we don’t like it either! So, for that reason use the clever bin drawer. When you are finished, just open the bin drawer, and wipe the waste into the bin. Those who love clean surfaces will love this amazing kitchen tip!
Now, nobody likes the idea of million cords behind your appliances. Be clever. Think about what are the important appliances you will have on your countertop. If you know that you will have a coffee machine and a toaster in one corner and a microwave on a different shelf, then plan the outlets around them and add a couple of extras. In this way, you don’t install the whole splashback with electrical outlets that will have an impact on the overall design, but still, have enough of them for important appliances when needed.
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