This is always the hardest thing for people to decide on. There are several things you should consider during the planning stages.
What Do You Use Your Kitchen For?
This is more important than you realise. For new kitchen design ideas, you should consider what it is you do in yours. For some of us, it’s nothing more than a room to wash the odd dish and microwave a ready meal. For others, it’s the hub of the home, with long cooking sessions several times a week, and days entertaining friends at a big wooden table.
If you are looking for a whole new kitchen, rather than a set of new doors and a lick of paint, consider how you use your kitchen. The traditional triangle of sink cooker and fridge doesn’t have to be set in stone.
- How long do you spend on each activity.
- How long you spend at each appliance.
- How far you are willing to walk on a regular basis.
- How much space you have to fit in the appliances you want.
- Where you want your hob to be in relation to your table and sink.
- Do you really want your fridge and cooker to be close together?
- Are you happy to have a busy kitchen surface, or do you want lots of cupboards to squirrel things away in?
- Where you want your worktop space, and how much do you need..
We may want oodles of worktop space and big, deep, never-ending cupboards, with a large dining table, room for guests to chat and mingle, a breakfast bar with stools, and an island to look fancy with the hob embedded. Some people may have the room to accommodate all of the above, but in reality, most of us don’t.
What do you need, and what do you want?
- Regular fridge and or freezer v American style double door all in one.
- Dishwasher or not. If yes, slimline dishwasher, or regular size.
- Stand alone cooker, range cooker, multiple ovens, or a simple oven and hob.
- Microwave build in, or free standing on the worktop.
- Washing machine and tumble drier, or do you have room for a utility?
- Coffee machine built in to the unit, free-standing, or do you even need one?
- The latest fad in on demand boiling water taps.
Utensils, Plates, Pots and Pans
Are you going to hang yours from the ceiling, have them looped over a range cooker rail, or squirrelled away in a drawer?
Traditional Kitchen Shapes
- L Shape – Two walls directly connected to each other.
- U Shape – Three walls, great for smaller spaces.
- Single Wall – Ideal for kitchens sharing a space with a lounge, or you want an open style kitchen, possibly with room for a table.
- Galley – Often long thin rooms with kitchen units and appliances along parallel walls.
- Kitchen Island – Large kitchens with enough space often choose to have an island in the middle.
Think about how you use your space now, and think about how you want to use your space in the future. If you are looking for a big change, think about what limits your current kitchen has. Take your time to get it right.