Updated: Mar 22
When it comes to it, the kitchen has slowly yet surely evolved from a simple back room that hosts only the essentials to the center of a home, where friends and family gather to enjoy their meals. The main purpose of a good kitchen design is to enhance the user’s workflow experience. As one of the most frequently used rooms in a home, kitchens need to be designed for functionality and comfort. This fact alone makes it extremely important to have well-designed and highly practical kitchen setups.
In this article, we provide the best tips and tricks that can help elevate a regular modular kitchen into a functional yet elegant space that can fit into the lifestyle needs of its users.
1. Determine the function of each cabinet and related accessory planned
This tip is often overlooked due to its seemingly non-consequential nature. Many believe that organization is easy as long as you know where items are. But when it comes to practical use, this mentality usually causes havoc in a kitchen space. An unplanned kitchen can turn into a mess within a few days, and maintaining its organized nature can also become difficult for its users, if not planned correctly. This is why determining the function of each appliance and accessory is crucial when designing the perfect kitchen. Ascertain a location for each accessory and plan the cabinetry in a way that makes items easier to reach. For a kitchen to be functional, it must have a set path. A set path in this scenario means visualizing the way in which a user will function in the space. It predicts the steps they take and arranges items and furniture based on its epitomized path. Determining a set path for a kitchen space is a relatively new concept renowned designers have begun implementing due to its simple approach that has a long-term positive impact. An example of a set path would be the steps taken from any part of the house to the kitchen, or the steps taken to get the prep materials and space ready for use.
2. Make organization convenient by creating different functional areas
From the point above, we’ve established the importance of set paths in kitchens. This importance carries over into the creation of functional areas as well. Planning and designing furniture and layouts shouldn’t only consider the aesthetic aspect of the whole kitchen. It must prioritize designing areas that divide the kitchen into mini spaces that serve different functions for its users. Generally, kitchens can be divided into prep stations, cooking stations, serving stations, cleaning stations, and occasionally an area for dining. These divisions can make the cooking and serving process much easier, and all the items related to the objective of the space are located within its reach. This process may seem arduous at first, but it is in fact a crucial step that can transform a kitchen into a truly modular space that can be used in the most optimum way possible.
3. Double-check measurements to ensure accuracy
The first step in planning and designing a kitchen often involves taking measurements of the space before any decisions are made. These measurements mainly include the floor, wall space, ceiling space, door space, estimated cabinetry, aisle space, and more. This step is the foundation for the rest of the process, which makes it important for these measurements to be accurate. Many professionals often retake measurements to ensure that the numbers are consistent so as to mitigate the risk of installing furniture, lighting, or accessories that are ill-fitted for the space. Using tools like levelers and stabilizers can help verify the true measurements of the space. By double-checking these measurements, any minor or major variations can be detected well in advance before any huge investments are made.
Kitchen planning and design often include aspects that are sometimes overlooked throughout the design and installation process. Though some of these aspects may seem unimportant, they have a major impact on the overall aesthetic and practicality of the space.
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