The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in a home – after all, even if you do not cook, you will still likely want to have a beautiful kitchen fitted in! If you are a fan of cooking, not to add, chances are that you already have some sort of idea as to how you want your dream kitchen to be. Whether you are professional or just a hobbyist liking to bake sweets in his or her free time, there are a number of tips that you would like to know about when it comes to handling the layout of your kitchen – here they are!
Have space to walk through – this is most likely the number one advice you find in any article about planning a designer kitchen or otherwise. Space is hands-down the most important quality a kitchen has, because mobility can decide whether cooking is a relaxing exercise or a tiresome chore. Prioritize moving and foot traffic over additions, such as for example, an island (which usually does not work in a cramped layout or a small kitchenette). One of the important things to consider when making enough space to move about is understanding just how you will be using the kitchen: do you usually cook alone? Or are you joined by someone else? Depending on your answer to this question, the spacing needs can vary considerably. Enough space for a single person hardly translates into a kitchen renovations for two people, after all.
Make it kid-friendly and accident-proof – do you have kids or pets in your home? Or are you simply very clumsy as a person? If you answer yes to one (or both!) of these questions, then making your kitchen accident-proof should be an obvious priority, so consider that in your kitchen renovation costs if you are going for a makeover. Amongst the modifications you can make to avoid mishaps and accidents are rounded table tops, keeping the oven and stove to a less accessible corner of the room (so that it is not in the way of the common foot traffic) and having the fridge in an easily accessible location, so that your kids can easily use it without coming into the middle of the kitchen per se. You might also want to invest in a faucet over your stove-top, as this can easily reduce the chances of you dropping a heavy pot filled with water.
Consider the plumbing – another important consideration you should make when planning your kitchen is the plumbing lines. Nowadays, most kitchens come with not only the sink, but also a dishwasher, and depending on your own traditions, maybe the washing machine as well. These appliances rightly require access to water lines and lines to dispose of their waste, and if you do not factor this early on, you will have to account for expensive renovations later on.