Remodeling your old kitchen or building a new one? Its design and structure in the development phase has a direct impact on the functionality of your future kitchen when it is ready. We cannot make mistakes! To help you with this important project, we have created a list of some important tips on kitchen functionality, some of which are often overlooked.
1. Do not fill the kitchen with cabinets
Just because you have space, it doesn’t mean that you need to fill it with cabinets. Filling the kitchen with it will only make the ceiling look lower and clutter. For this, we must consider other options, such as pantries.
2. Don’t choose too many focal points
This is a very common mistake that can completely ruin the look and functionality of your kitchen. You can choose a wooden extractor hood, armchairs with their own aperitif table, adjustable light, shelves with arches, utensils for storing spices, glass doors in cupboards and everything that comes to mind. You will have everything, but the truth is that it will end in a kitchen disaster.
Instead, choose carefully which points or areas of your kitchen you want to emphasize and be consistent with your kitchen design.
3. Choose the position of the shelves correctly
If you do not choose well where to place the shelves you will live regretting every day and you will not really be able to have a functional kitchen, so why not think a little more if the planned place is the right one? It is important not to place the shelves too far from the sink or dishwasher. Another very common mistake is placing kitchen utensils away from the ceramic hob or oven.
4. Don’t even worry about setting a table
I think a table is for an office, not a kitchen. Putting a table in the kitchen is overcrowding. A kitchen must be versatile and have defined work areas. In fact, and especially for families, a kitchenette with a bar can be an excellent workplace for our children to do their homework. But a table in the kitchen is an invitation to stack correspondence, papers and other everyday objects. Avoid tables in the kitchen if you want it to be functional!
5. Do not install a faucet or sink on a breakfast bar
This concept is gaining popularity every day, but it shouldn’t be an almost mandatory choice. Especially when this bar serves as a separation between the living room or some other room in the house. Water will splash and can damage carpets, floors, shelves, and anything near the tap. Therefore, it is not a good option.
6. Do not install the oven in a crowded kitchen area
Most ovens do not stand out for the beauty of their design, not to mention how dangerous they can be if we place them in a busy area that our children can pass through.
7. Do not place the oven / vitro on the end of a stove and cabinet
The hob or oven must always be between cabinets and on a bench. This allows the areas where we store food or utensils to be very close, being very practical, but also fast and safe.
8. Pay attention to the code
When designing a new kitchen or renovating an old one, there are many pitfalls to overcome. A very important question arises when we ask ourselves where we are going to place the oven or the plate. At least 45 cm of free space should be left without any object that could cause a fire due to the heat, something like a tablecloth or an exhaust fan in close proximity. If you do not leave enough space, you are not complying with the code and in the event of a claim the insurer may reject your claim. It is best to speak to the company that does the work or the designer so that they can tell you which code to follow.
9. Leave enough space between the island and the countertop to have a functional kitchen
If you do not leave enough space between these elements, you will have the feeling that the kitchen is yours. At least one meter of separation should be left, leaving less, it is simply insufficient if we want to be comfortable in our kitchen in addition to appearing much smaller than it is.
10. Choose adequate lighting
Don’t end up in the dark in your new kitchen. Kitchens generally need more than one type of light, halogen and direct with their respective switches. Make sure the switches are in strategic locations in the kitchen so you never miss any where you are, and remember to move them away from the sink!
10 TIPS FOR HAVING A FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN – Extra: Enjoying the kitchen is easier with an island
In Spain, we started to see them in the 80’s TV series and we loved it. Since then they have been gaining more and more prominence, not least because in addition to the visual impact they have, they allow you to experience this division of the house in a different way, in company. Designers and architects love them for their endless possibilities.
They improve the distribution of space, but it is essential that they are proportional to the size of the kitchen. It is always necessary to leave a minimum distance of one meter from other furniture. An island asks and gives breadth.
Its functions can be varied: storage, washing area, work surface or table for breakfast or fast food. They can even be combined with each other, yes, the lighting will always have to be chosen according to them.
In addition, they play an important role in open the kitchen to the rest of the house, usually for the dining room, creating an impressive setting.
Also interesting are the possibilities of playing with the appliances on these surfaces, the hoods, for example, can take on almost industrial dimensions, or the hob area can be enlarged with modular elements such as the grill, the grill or the wok.