Is your kitchen up for a major redesign? Careful planning is key to a functional and stylish kitchen. The last thing you want is to waste money and time on avoidable (and expensive) kitchen design mistakes that you’ll regret later!
The kitchen, being the heart of the home, is one of the most traffic-heavy rooms in the house. No matter how cozy the rest of the house is, most people – guests and family alike – prefer to chill out in the kitchen. That’s why the kitchen has to be beautiful, comfortable, and of course, functional after a redesign. And to help create an elegant kitchen design that you’d be proud to show off, avoid these common kitchen design mistakes:
Skimping on Storage
If there is one room in the home where clutter accumulates quickly, it’s the kitchen. Regardless if you are doing a major renovation or a minor upgrade, stretch the storage space in the kitchen if you could. The kitchen is used to store all sorts of food prep items, including bulky kitchen appliances. The room could always use more storage space to keep all these items organized. A kitchen with a lot of storage space is definitely more functional. Sacrificing precious floor space for unnecessary design details will only reduce the functionality of the kitchen, especially a small one.
For small kitchens, consider installing upper cabinets or floating shelves that are high up the wall. Make the most out of the vertical space by adding space organizers or cabinets. You can also install hooks at the back of the kitchen cabinets to keep all the little items neat and accessible.
It’s tempting to go all out on el cheapo kitchen installations when you’re working on a limited budget but these purchases are something that you might regret in the future! It’s nice to save a few hundred dollars on kitchen renovation but do not turn an otherwise dreamy design into a nightmare by cutting corners.
Cheap cabinet installations may be affordable but if the quality just isn’t there, you won’t make the most out of your money. In the end, you wasted money buying second-rate services/products that will require a replacement within a few years. That’s not to say you should splurge on these purchases, no. Just be smart about the kind of things that you want to put into the kitchen design. Instead of filling your kitchen space with el cheapo finds and/or settling on faulty installations, invest on quality products that will last almost a lifetime.
Wrong Countertop Material
Countertop materials are not created equally. Some work best for hardworking kitchens; others are more design-focused. Whatever countertop material you choose, make sure it suits the kind of kitchen that you have or the activities that take place in your kitchen.
For starters, consider your lifestyle. Are you the type who loves to cook or are your culinary skills limited to frying an egg? If you love to cook or you are cooking for the whole family then it makes sense to choose a countertop material that can take on daily abuse. Since countertop materials are fairly expensive, always think long-term. Don’t sacrifice functionality for aesthetics, keep these design elements balanced so you can maximize your new kitchen to its fullest.
Blocking the “Kitchen Triangle”
The kitchen triangle, which is comprised of the sink, stove, and refrigerator, is the most traffic-heavy part of the kitchen. Careful planning is needed to ensure that this area is free from any obstruction. If you are doing your own kitchen redesign, make sure the kitchen triangle is always accessible. Generally, the sum of the legs in a work triangle should be at least 10 feet and 25 feet max. Food prep becomes harder when the kitchen triangle isn’t placed in the best spot in the kitchen.
There are times, however, when the placement of the kitchen triangle is less than ideal. The plumbing of the sink, for instance, could put this area in a poor location. If you are redesigning the kitchen anyway, you can have the plumbing relocated at a more accessible spot in the kitchen.
If say, the kitchen triangle is set in a poor location but you have no plans of relocating it in another part of the kitchen due to budget constraints, just make sure to leave this area free from any obstruction that could make food prep even more taxing.
Tiny Counter Space
Perhaps one of the most common design issues that people complain about their kitchen is the lack of counter space. This applies especially for people who live in rentals or small apartments. A roomy countertop is essential in all kinds of food preparation. It’s also where kitchen appliances are permanently located so it’s important to avoid any kitchen design mistakes when planning the countertop space.
If the countertop is being replaced then it makes sense to choose a bigger or wider countertop as long as the space allows for it. If you are only making minor updates and the countertop is too skinny for food prep, consider adding a small island in the middle of the kitchen or a breakfast bar. An island or a breakfast bar adds more horizontal surface areas in the kitchen, particularly one with an L-shaped layout.
On the other hand, if a full-sized island or a breakfast bar won’t fit your small kitchen, consider getting a rolling kitchen island. This is a compact, portable, and multipurpose piece that’ll make food prep a breeze.
Most people, particularly those who love to cook, dream of a stylish kitchen worthy of a magazine feature. But don’t focus too much on the aesthetics when redesigning the kitchen. Functionality should always be a priority every time you are updating the kitchen – or any room for that matter.
You want to make sure that the kitchen design is efficient to make food prep easier. The flow of the kitchen must be unobstructed so you (and the rest of your household) are not bumping into things all the time. Nothing worse than making a sound when sneaking a midnight snack! Finally, the busiest areas of the kitchen should always be accessible at all times so you can prepare your meals in the fastest, most efficient way possible.