The pandemic is forcing us all to become better cooks. We use our kitchens more than we’ve ever had in the past, and because of this, we’ll have to create a reliable and comfortable space for our daily cooking needs. A customized kitchen is essential, and there’s no time better than now to invest in a renovation or a redesign.
In this article, we’ll be looking into several tips and techniques one should be considering when deciding their kitchen’s layout, setup, and design.
Maximize Your Layout
Out of all the variables you can control when working with your kitchen, the only one that’s very unlikely to change is the space. You’ll have to work with the space you have and maximize the usage of whatever area you’re working with. A layout has to utilize all the space you have and ensure that there isn’t any space that’s rendered unusable.
A good start would be to toss out and get rid of everything you won’t be needing. You can also sell them if they’re still used to save up on the redesigning expenses. Next, work with the large appliances and furniture. Try to figure out a way to maximize your space and allow places for you to work in.
After this, adding space-saving furniture like dish racks, knife bars, risers, and hooks for mugs, cooking utensils, and pans will also greatly help maximize the space you have. Try not to fill your kitchen with unnecessary things and only keep the ones you’ll really need.
Choose The Right Appliances
Are you sure you’re going to use the pasta maker your aunt gave you for last year’s Christmas a lot? How about that rotisserie you impulsively bought because it was one sale? Consider the appliances you’re going to keep in your kitchen because, believe it or not, and they’re what takes up the most space. You don’t need two refrigerators if you’re living alone or if you don’t have children.
Instead of wasting both money and space on unnecessary appliances, look into investing in a high-quality dishwasher or a 2-in-1 food processor and blender, which will save you space and money. A good model will save you time, hassle, and if you’re picking an inverter type, you’ll also be cutting down on energy costs.
Of course, it’s also important not to forget to include your appliances in your layout. You’ll have to consider the space you’ll be using, the amount you can spend, and the fit and function of your appliances.
Find The Right Height
Don’t you just hate it when you’re forced to slouch down when you’re cutting vegetables or cooking on the stove? This is because your kitchen is probably not designed to match your height. The standard height of a kitchen is 34-36 inches tall or 3 feet tall, but that’s only good if you’re also average in terms of height. The best way to find the right height is to stand up straight, bend your arms as if you’re chopping, and measure the height you’re comfortable with.
The same thing can be said for proper counter depth and shelving. For proper counter depth, measure whether you’re using a chair or if it’s a standing counter. A good idea will be to make it ideally taller if you have children so you can keep dangerous things away from them.
Again, measure the correct height by sitting on a stool and looking at the comfortable height. For shelving, try reaching your hands out and looking at how high your comfortable height would be where you can still safely reach the items you’ll be storing.
Generally, there are so many things you’d have to factor in when designing your kitchen, but the most important would be to stick to your instinct and whatever fits your heart. Make sure to only aim for what’s within your budget and personalize it to your needs and your family’s needs.