Ideas for your New Kitchen Layout
Most kitchen installations are decided upon to fit a certain space, but you don't have to limit yourself to a basic design when there are so many design tricks you can use for your new kitchen layout.
For anyone having a new kitchen installation done in their home, or are wanting to renovate their existing kitchen, take note of some of the designer tricks that will help you to make the most of the space available and afford you your dream kitchen.
Usually, a kitchen is a square or rectangle shape that needs to be filled with cupboards and cabinets, appliances and accessories designed to make life easier for the cook. There will also be kitchens that include an eat-in dining area or breakfast bar where family or friends can sit and relax while chatting. When designing a new kitchen or renovating an existing kitchen, take your time - don't rush into any decisions that you might regret later.
Galley, L-shaped, U-shaped - there are plenty of different layout designs for a kitchen and you need to be clever to be able to fit everything you want into the kitchen.
Before settling on a kitchen design, keep the following in mind:
• Who will use the kitchen - one or more cooks?
If more than one person in the home loves to cook, for example, my hubby likes to cook and I like to bake, you need to plan for enough countertop space for you to be able to work simultaneously. If the space where the kitchen is to be fitted is not a wide one, such as a galley kitchen, perhaps you can look at installing a breakfast bar / island to add more countertop.
• Will you eat in the kitchen?
Having a casual area for family dining in a kitchen lets you keep a separate dining room for more formal occasions or for entertaining. Whether it is a breakfast bar, or a corner of a kitchen set up for breakfasts or casual meals, you will want to include this in any designs you have for your new kitchen.
• Do you like to entertain on a regular basis?
For those that do not have the luxury of a separate dining room but rather a small dining area as part of a kitchen, use this space practically. Consider enlarging the footprint of the kitchen to incorporate more cupboard storage space and allowing enough space to set up an island that can be used for wining and dining with friends.
• Are you neat or do countertops become cluttered in the kitchen?
The truth of the matter is, that there are many cooks out there that tend to get lost in what they are doing and end up with cluttered countertops and overflowing shelves. This is not how you want the kitchen to look, especially when people come to visit, and that's why it is a great idea to make sure you have plenty of storage cupboards where everything has its place.
If you consider yourself a messy cook, try to plan to have a corner sink fitted or position the sink so that it is not as visible from the front of the kitchen. That way, any mess that cannot be cleaned up immediately will be out of sight!
• Do the kids need a space to do their homework?
Planning a kitchen to have extra space where the kids can do their homework without cluttering up the home, or where you can set up a small home office, will kill two birds with one stone. You will free up room in a child's bedroom where there is no space for a study desk, and you will also have a place to answer emails or work from home.
• Do you Want a Separate Pantry or Laundry?
If the space allows and you want more cupboard storage in the kitchen, perhaps you can utilize a small space to install a pantry or laundry nook. This will remove these large space hoggers out of the kitchen and free up valuable floor space while providing you with a large storage space for groceries and produce, or a handy place to stack a washing machine and tumble dryer.
When having a new kitchen installed or a full-on kitchen renovation, you have the opportunity to design features that you will find practical, such as a pantry or laundry nook.