Designer Checklist: Check Your Kitchen

The kitchen is perhaps one of the most difficult places to design because it is this space that contains the maximum functionality in the minimum area. There are several tips from designers about the main points that you should pay attention to when planning a kitchen remodeling project.

If you are planning a kitchen renovation, address the in order to avoid any problems and save your time. However, if you want to do everything by yourself, there are numerous tips on how to achieve success. Here is a list of the mistakes that are most often made during the kitchen renovation.

1.   Incorrect Headset Position

Errors in most cases relate to the functionality of the kitchen. The classic one is the location of the kitchen set along the walls. This decision is justified if the room has a square shape and a small area. In all other cases, it is necessary to arrange the equipment according to the triangle rule: so that there is a distance of no more than 1.2 meters between the stove, sink, and refrigerator.

2.   Savings on Fittings

In pursuit of beauty, customers often save on mechanisms rather than facades. You should not do this: you will use lockers and drawers every day and if the layout is wrong, this can bring discomfort. Therefore, it is recommended to plan a certain budget for high-quality hinges and closers. Again, it is much more convenient to use roll-out mechanisms – you can see what is stored in the box, and you can easily get what you need from the farthest corners.

3.   Small Work Area

The optimal size of the cooking area, if you not only drink coffee in the morning, is at least two meters. If the kitchen is small, and there are two or three people in the family, it makes sense to replace a full-fledged hob with a two-burner one, thereby freeing up an additional surface. Also, the space for cutting can be increased due to a mobile cutting board. It is installed on the rails under the countertop and, if necessary, can be put on the sink or stove.

4.   Boring Facades

If we talk about trends in facades, then the most relevant materials are very brutal: metal, concrete, and rough textured wood. This does not mean that we all urgently need to use only them, especially since a textured tree, for example, will be difficult to care for. But you can always combine a practical bottom tier and a more fashionable top tier.

Kitchen Planning Checklist

Following these tips will help you create a perfect kitchen.

1. Think out the design:

It is better to think about the visual component in advance: the kitchen should correspond to the general style of the interior of the apartment. In a small room, it is better to use light neutral shades on granite countertops to visually enlarge the area and fill the space with the air. Bright accents should be used in the decor.

With a low ceiling height, high kitchen furniture looks good. In this case, dust does not accumulate on the upper drawers, where additional storage can be arranged. You can completely abandon the upper cabinets if they are not needed.

2. Use only washable materials:

In the decoration of the kitchen, it is better to abandon materials that are not intended or not washable: wallpaper and textured plaster should be left for living rooms. But washable paints that can be cleaned even with a hard sponge are ideal for the kitchen. It is also better to use tiles or porcelain on the floor. The wood in this room must be waterproof and with a high degree of wear resistance.

3. Choose facades depending on the opening mechanism:

The concepts of “beautiful” and “practical” do not always coincide, so dark glossy coatings should be avoided in the color scheme: fingerprints and stains will be visible on them. Light doors are more convenient to use and easy to clean. With glossy surfaces, it is better to install integrated handles or roof rails.

4. Consider cabinet dimensions when installing the lighting:

A common mistake that occurs after installing the kitchen is the wrong location of the lighting. Overhead lights are blocked by the upper cabinets and do not shine on the work area but on the cabinets, or even make it difficult to open the facades. Therefore, it is worthwhile to think about the location of the light and take into account the dimensions and opening of the upper kitchen cabinets.