5 Tips for How to Design a Kitchen that is Functional

By on March 16, 2021 in Kitchen with 0 Comments

When deciding to design a kitchen, there are a few factors that need to be considered so that the end product results in a practical functioning kitchen with maximized space, water-saving, and energy-efficient appliances.

In the last decade or so, cooking shows have done more for modern kitchen design than any other media.  People want to be able to cook a fantastic meal for family and friends, at home in their kitchen.  To do that they need a functional modern kitchen design.

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Here are five simple tips to design a kitchen that is functional:

Designing a kitchen Shape

The shape of the room will dictate the style of the kitchen. There are several different layout designs that can be used :

  • U- Shaped
  • L- shaped
  • Galley
  • Island shape

Decide which works best for the style of the home and proceed from there. It’s important not to have any obstruction to the flow of the room, there needs to be a workable area between the sink, stove, and refrigerator.

The idea of an island bench in the kitchen may not be practical, as most island benches are around 4 feet long and no more than 2 feet deep, which doesn’t allow much space for storage in them,  however, they may be suitable to use as a breakfast bar.

Having a kitchen design budget

It is important to work within a budget when you design a kitchen as it is a room that is more expensive to outfit than any other room in the home. Research the cost of the appliances that you want to have in the kitchen so that you know just how much designing a kitchen will actually cost. Set the budget and try and stay within that amount.

Choosing the right kitchen appliances

Choosing the appliances when designing a kitchen is a personal preference. The cooking appliances may be electric or gas with the oven mounted on the wall and the cooktop on the bench or perhaps it would be just as practical to have a standalone stove. Be sure to provide a space for the microwave oven.

Sinks vary in size and shape from square, round, and to double bowl. It may be practical to include a garbage disposal unit as well when installing the sink. Most modern-day kitchens also have a dishwasher installed. Taps come in mixer or goose-neck styles.

Design a kitchen with enough storage

If the design of the kitchen allows, then a walk-in pantry is an ideal storage facility. Have u-shaped shelves that are not very wide at eye level so that food items get rotated instead of being pushed to the back. Larger shelves on top and below will allow ample room for some appliances that aren’t used as often as others, as well as a storage area for larger pots and pans, freeing up space in the kitchen cupboards.

Large deep draws are the trend in modern kitchens. Install an appliance corner cupboard to house the coffee maker, toaster, food processor, etc. Have a power point installed in the recess so that it’s ready to use at any time. Handles for the draws and cupboards should not have sharp edges to them or grooves as that will allow food particles to lodge in them. Stainless steel handles are the most practical handles to use.

Kitchen benchtops are at the top of the list when designing a kitchen. Plenty of choices are available like timber, granite, or laminate, as well as a variety of color tones. Marry the benchtops with the color of the cupboards for kitchen aesthetics. It is important to have colors that won’t date; white and cream cupboards seem to be the tones most favored in a modern kitchen design.

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Designing your kitchen lighting

It is important to have appropriate lighting above the work area in a kitchen. A task light above the stove is also a practical idea. The choice of pendant lights or some fluorescent lights is a matter of personal preference in the design of a kitchen.

Take the time to design a kitchen that is appropriate for your lifestyle and it will serve you well for a long time to come.


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