Ever wondered how your kitchen should be laid out? Find out more, in this post.
When it comes to designing your kitchen, there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. Yes, you heard us. But, whilst it’s not about the styling of the kitchen, one common thing that becomes apparent is that kitchen design layout mistakes are commonly made. Through no fault of your own, you may find that you’ve made a kitchen layout blunder, without realising it.
So, we’re here to help. We’ve got 10 common mistakes made in kitchen design layout. Because knowledge is power and armed with the knowledge of these kitchen layout mistakes, you’ll know how to avoid making them. Make sense? Good. Without further ado, let’s get into the 10 Kitchen Design Layout mistakes to avoid.
10 Kitchen Design Layout Mistakes
Wasting Storage Space
Your average kitchen is going to have a lot of stuff. Pots, pans, plates, cutlery – you name it! So, it’s surprising that one mistake that is often made is not maximising storage space in the kitchen. We’ve seen it time and time again, but if you’re not making the most of your storage space, it can really ruin the layout of your kitchen. It’s essential to make sure the cabinets and storage solutions you’re fitting are going to fit all of your appliances and other kitchenware that you need stored away. The way to avoid this is to make sure you’re planning your design properly – to make sure there’s no wasted space.
This is one mistake that you do must avoid at all costs! Poor ventilation in a kitchen can lead to it smelling really, really bad. Seriously, trapped odour builds up and can make your kitchen feel musty and pretty awful. Ensuring you have the right ventilation tools, located in the right place is essential to avoid having a cave-like kitchen. Whether it’s overhead hob ventilation or an extractor fan, the right ventilation is key. Avoiding poor ventilation is the same as maximising space, you need to plan. And, you should speak to the pros. Failing that, make sure you have windows, vents and extractors to rid your kitchen of smells.
Another kitchen design sin is not having the right lighting in your kitchen. The layout of your new design should make sure there is adequate lighting everywhere. Because you can’t cook what you can’t see. Preparing food or entertaining is a nightmare in a dark, dingy kitchen. So, when you’re in the planning stage, make sure you’re always thinking about where the lights will be. Think about functional lighting, you’ll need brighter lights on work surfaces and so on. To avoid having a dark kitchen, make sure you’re planning where the lighting goes.
Not having Backsplash
This is one that isn’t often thought of in the kitchen, but when you think about it, it should be top of the list. When we’re cooking or washing up, there can sometimes be flying bits of food, grease, steam or water. And, if this goes straight on to wallpaper or paint, it’s so difficult to clean. One thing that all kitchen designers recommend is including backsplash, to avoid staining your walls with unidentified flying food (UFF). Be it tile, metal or plastic, as long as it’s easy to clean and looks good, make sure you include it in the layout.
One thing that may be forgotten at the design stage is where to include bins in your home. Because, recycling is key, you may have a few bins in your home for different things. So, making sure you have the adequate storage for all your bins is essential. You need to plan where they fit into the layout of the kitchen.
The Wrong Island
Island units have been a growing trend over the years, but there’s a right and wrong way to use them. They’re not just for additional storage, and if done wrong, they can really mess up the flow of your kitchen. When it comes to picking your island unit, make sure it’s in the right place, the right size and functions as more than just additional storage space (breakfast bar, food prep space etc.). This is another one that needs to be right at the planning stage, so make sure you’re planning effectively.
Lack of Counter Space
Counter space in the kitchen is an essential part of the layout. Why? Because you need it and will use it. You’ll be pretty annoyed if you don’t have enough, but don’t want your kitchen to be too crammed. When you’re planning the design, make sure you are including enough counter space in the design layout of your new kitchen.
Not using the Triangle
The working triangle is kitchen design 101. It’s the principle that your fridge, hob and sink should all be within close proximity to each other. Because, it helps the flow of food prep and makes working in the kitchen easier. Plus, it makes functional sense and looks good from a design point of view. How to avoid this? Make sure everything is being properly planned.
Being ‘too trendy’
Okay, whilst this isn’t all bad, it’s something that may bother you in a few months of so. Kitchen design is constantly changing, and layout, style and colour schemes change like the wind. So, to avoid feeling like your kitchen is ‘out of fashion’ in a few months of so, make sure you’re not overdoing it with the latest trends. Some styles and layouts have stood the test of time. Make sure you think about your kitchens style and layout.
Not using the Pros
Finally, the last thing that we recommend is to always use the pros! We’ve gone on about planning, but the truth is, only the experts know how to plan and design a kitchen ideal for your space. They’ve got the knowledge and expertise to make sure your kitchen is laid out well, looks good and is stylish too.