The kitchen is a functional room and there are many things to consider when deciding on where to put certain items. Whether you’re considering redesigning or building a completely new one, it is worth getting as much advice and assistance from the professionals as you can.
So many common mistakes are made with kitchen designs and they often don’t become obvious until the room is being used. It’s so easy to be impressed with all the latest equipment, the design of the cupboards and which work surface to install that the basics get forgotten about. To help you get the kitchen that looks fantastic and functions properly, here are six basic tips for consideration.
Your Storage – Whatever the size of kitchen, you’ll need to store many items including cutlery, crockery, utensils, pots and pans, oven trays, cleaning products and much more. When thinking about storage you need to consider how accessible more commonly used items need to be. Every inch of space available should be considered for storage; for example, it’s easy to get the free standing fridge, which so often stands alone, but could shelving or cupboard space be put in above this to store extra items?
The Kitchen Triangle – When people refer to the kitchen triangle, they are simply talking about the locations of the sink, hob/cooker and the fridge. These three items need to be at close hand to each other, simply due to the functionality of the kitchen (you’ll want the hob close to the sink to drain saucepans and you’ll want the fridge close to the hob to reach for milk/butter etc. when cooking on the hob). Sometimes plumbing can make this very difficult, because of the current position of the pipes, but it is worth hiring a plumber to make the changes. If you have the budget for a new or remodelled kitchen, it’s worth making the plumbing a part of the budget.
Good Lighting – There’s nothing more obstructive than poor lighting in parts of your kitchen where you want to work, so it’s important to think about the lighting alongside your allocation of work spaces. We can get very fixated on having adequate work surfaces but then install the kitchen with a lighting track down the centre of the room only to discover that the cupboards block the light, making the work surface difficult to use. Lights under the cupboards, angled lights where there’s not obstructions or sunken lights strategically placed around the kitchen can help to spread the light to the areas where you most need it.
Good Ventilation – There are regulations to follow for safety in the kitchen where ventilation is concerned, but you may need to take extra details into account. Poor ventilation leads to lingering smells from last night’s dinner and can be very difficult to get rid of. There’s also the consideration of the build-up of damp caused by boiling kettles or pans, plus the extra heat from the oven and dishwasher too.
Splash Backs – Remember that due to the nature of the kitchen, there will inevitably be a build-up of grease and moisture. It is far easier to clean strategically placed plastic, metal or tiled splashbacks than it would be to wipe down wallpaper or paint.
Workspaces – However you design your kitchen and whatever you wish to populate it with, you’ll need to consider counter space too. There will always be items you want to keep out on the worktop such as the kettle, toaster or microwave, but you need to ensure that you will have enough space to make tea/coffee, prepare sandwiches, chop vegetables, roll out pastry etc.
As you’ll also need to take into consideration the plumbing and electrics when installing a new kitchen, it’s great to know that there are installers who can work with you from start to finish and ensure your kitchen is not only truly beautiful but also extremely functional. McQueen Installations in Fife is a reputable joiner and fitter who can install kitchens from start to finish.