When walking into a new home, sometimes we look over things because the rest of the home is so beautiful. We think “I can deal with this, we can always change it later!”. Whether you’ve been living in the home for 20+ years, or a new home you just purchased, it may be time for a change.
Here I will discuss a few of the most common kitchen design flaws, and how to combat them!
Walkways being too narrow. Drawers not being able to open all the way due to another drawer being in the way. Not being able to get into the garage while someone has the fridge open. Very common issues in many kitchens, especially ones that have had a cheap, or a DIY remodel.
Make sure your walkways are around 36″ wide. Much wider or narrow will create issues. Having things spaced too far out will create just as much of an annoyance and things being too close together. (Having to walk 5 or 6 steps to get your boiling pot of water to the sink can be a huge hassle!)
Make sure to choose more flush hardware if the drawers and cabinets open close together, especially if the kitchen was not originally designed with hardware in mind. If you choose too large of hardware, you may block drawers from opening fully.
Poor Workflow Layout
Your kitchen should work for you. Having an inconvenient lay out can create a lot of stress in the kitchen. As previously stated, you don’t want to half to walk a bunch carrying a large pot of water. Keeping all your appliances accessible with a few feet of counter space in between them can really help combat this issue.
Keep in mind if you have an island, make sure you don’t have to walk all the way around it to get to another appliance. Make sure you have designated places for washing, prep, cooking, and completed items. Not only does this help minimize contamination, it helps from your items getting in the way of each other.
Storage is a key component to any kitchen. It is way better to have more than enough storage than not enough. When designing your kitchen, make sure there is a spot for everything. This includes tupperware, pots, pans, silver ware, dishes etc. If there isn’t literally a spot for everything, it is time to redesign the kitchen. Do not start building or purchasing any cabinets until this has been designed to your exact needs.
Counter-tops are probably the most important part of your kitchen. This isn’t because of how pretty they can be, but you need the space for every activity in the kitchen. Make sure there is enough counter space on either side of your sink and stove. Once food is done being prepped, you may not have the chance to cook right away, having the space for prep and washing is definitely important. Having extra counter space with distance from these areas (such as an island or peninsula) is useful to help avoid contamination, as previously stated.