Kitchen Layout Mistakes to Avoid
- Published on Saturday, 08 August 2015 13:06
- Alice Steward
The way you design and decorate your home influences how comfortable and hassle-free it will be and how easy it will be for you to get along in every room. The kitchen, in particular, needs to be very well organized and it must contain all the necessary furniture and equipment that will help you prepare delicious meals. Discover below some of the most common kitchen layout mistakes that you should avoid.
Too many useless appliances on the counters
Cluttered counters are an often problems in kitchens, not only in small ones but also in regular size ones where owners don’t know how to organize their space. Those huge counters that can fit the toaster, the coffee maker, the microwave, the food processor, and God knows what other appliance are a matter of commercials and you will never manage to have an airy kitchen if you store every kitchen item in sight. Keep your counters as free as possible and only place there the appliances that won’t fit in other places. To help you save counter space, replace the regular microwave oven with an over-the-range model that sits above the stove and hide in the cabinets the appliances that you rarely use.
Obstructed path between the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove
The refrigerator, the oven, and the sink are the main items in a kitchen and placing them correctly will transform the kitchen into a comfortable and practical space. Many people ignore these key appliances in a kitchen and don’t include them when they create the kitchen design. The best kitchen layout consists of forming a triangle using the refrigerator, the sink, and the oven, so that it will be fast and easy for you to grab the groceries, wash them, prepare them and then toss them in the pan. Make sure there are no obstacles on the path between the three, or the cooking process will be cumbersome as you will constantly trip over things.
A bulky kitchen island
Kitchen islands are a great idea, but if you don’t have the necessary space, you should reconsider it. You have to take into account that you will need space for traffic, you will have to open cabinets and refrigerator and oven doors and you will have to keep the kitchen uncluttered. If the width of the middle path of your kitchen can not handle the original counters and a kitchen island, then you will have to give up on the idea, otherwise you will create a space chaos. If you insist, you can opt for an island on wheels that you can put aside and rearrange once you don’t need it anymore.