Kitchens are the most used room in the home. They are the place where families can get together, eat, socialise and cook together. For many, the kitchen truly is the heart of the home and those lucky enough to have space it is often used as a relaxation place too.
The kitchen is a multifaceted area, used for cooking, cleaning and washing. Therefore, for many, being the place they spend the most time, it should also be the most practically designed and well-decorated room. People use their kitchen in different ways depending on the amount of space they have to play with and their individual lifestyle. However, there are a few basic guidelines that apply to any kitchen design and will provide the groundwork for designing the perfect kitchen.
Begin with separating your kitchen into different zones. Based on different activities, some examples of this include food preparation, cooking, washing, cleaning, working, doing laundry, relaxing. This process will allow you to work out the space needed for different items for example pots and pans or even where the fridge-freezer or dishwasher should be situated. These should all be placed in a methodological space based on the activity.
If like many, you do not have a separate utility room, you will need to factor in a washing area for your washing machine and tumble dryer. These are best placed together, or for a real space-saving tip; purchase a combined washer-dryer and integrate it into your kitchen cupboard for a neat appearance.
Choosing your layout usually comes down to space, but can also help with increasing space. A U-shaped kitchen is one of the most space-efficient designs and is perfect for small kitchens. While an L-shaped kitchen works well in open-plan kitchen design. If you’re a keen chef, a galley kitchen layout might be perfect for you. Combining two aisles next to each other creates a super-efficient working space.
Always ensure you have enough kitchen storage to meet your demands. There is nothing worse than cluttered workspaces. The ideal storage level should allow for a minimalistic looking kitchen space, with useable worktops and a cupboard for everything. Ideally, pots and pans which are easily accessible without having to remove other items first.
Once you have decided on all of these aspects, your dream kitchen shouldn’t be hard to be build and it will be the most optimised working space available, bespoke to your every need.