There are a thousand decisions to make when you build or remodel a kitchen. Granite or laminate countertops? Tile or wood floors? White or hardwood cabinets? Or maybe you’d prefer a kitchen with marble counters, vinyl floors, and black cabinets! In any case, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is how to arrange the various pieces of your kitchen: the appliances, the cabinets, the pantry, the sink, the table, etc. If you’re having trouble deciding on an arrangement, scroll down for some helpful tips and advice regarding how to design a kitchen layout.
How to Design a Kitchen Layout
First, measure your kitchen so that you know what you’re working with. Also make note of the dimensions for your appliances, sink, island, table, etc.
Then, look for inspiration. You could examine your friends’ kitchens, flip through interior design magazines, scan through Pinterest, or check out Barnes & Noble’s home section. Look for kitchens that are similar to yours in size and function.
After that, start playing around with your options. There are online programs that allow you to input your room’s dimensions and arrange the elements how you like (for example, Autodesk Homestyler and Floorplanner). If you aren’t interested in online tools, you could also draw the design on paper.
Finally, check the details with your contractor to ensure that there won’t be any issues regarding plumbing, ventilation, electrical wires, etc.
OUR TOP TIPS
1. THE WORK TRIANGLE. Which areas in your kitchen are used most often? Many people identify the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove as the most important kitchen elements (they’re often called the “work triangle”), so try to separate these work stations to prevent crowding.
2. PLENTIFUL COUNTERTOPS. Don’t forget about countertop space, especially if more than one person will often be cooking at once. If you need more countertop space, try incorporating an island or a peninsula (which is basically a connected island).
3. LAYOUT OPTIONS. If you’re having trouble deciding on an arrangement, consider the most common options. Homes with very large kitchens often use a U-shaped kitchen with an island. L-shapes are preferred by many homeowners, especially with the addition of an island. You might also consider a G-shape (which incorporates a peninsula) or a galley kitchen. To save space in a very small kitchen, try using a one-wall layout (also called a Pullman kitchen).
4. SPACIOUS STORAGE. Don’t underestimate the importance of storage. If you don’t have much room, look for and make use of wasted space. For example, why not extend your cabinets up to the ceiling? In addition to adding extra storage space, you’ll eliminate both unused space and dust-coated cabinet tops.
5. LIGHTING. As you create your kitchen’s layout, be sure to include plenty of light. Incorporate natural light where you can, but don’t forget to add lighting directly above important work areas. Lighting helps show off your design elements, but it’s also important for safety (and critical in a room where knives are plentiful).
If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask your contractor for advice. With their experience and expertise, they can help you create the perfect kitchen layout. Good luck!
Are you planning to build or remodel a kitchen? If you live in southwest Missouri, give the Bailey Company a call. We’re a premium construction company based in Springfield, Missouri, and we’d be happy to tackle any home project you throw at us. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.
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