While kitchens have been functional spaces of the home for decades, they have now come to be very design specific and stylish. Our HomeLane Kitchen Design Expert warns about the 4 most common mistakes we make when it comes to kitchen storage and how they can be averted.
Kitchens have to fulfill their primary purpose – that of providing a workspace to cook food and provide optimal storage for products and cooking equipments. It is easy to overlook many aspects when designing a kitchen, and care should be taken to ensure that one doesn’t compromise on utility for aesthetics.
1. DON’T skimp on kitchen cabinetry
Kitchens are available pre-fabricated and with snap-fit options. They can be crafted as per individual kitchen measurements & based on a pre-configured design. These factors should not limit the choice of your cabinets, nor should it be a deterrent to choosing the number of cabinets you want, their shapes and sizes. Cabinets in a kitchen don’t just provide storage but also lend themselves to the design aesthetics. You can decide to go with as much as, or as little as you want. Keep in mind though, that this decision depends on several factors, including the size of your family, the amount of utensils used, how discreet or obvious you want them to be and the longevity of use. Putting in fewer cabinets can add much strain on storage in the long run, and placing them there without proper thought can affect kitchen movement.
2. DON’T waste storage
Products and equipment in a kitchen, are what make life easy. Storing them though, is where the real problem lies. Modern kitchen cabinets can be built intelligently to avoid wastage of space while accommodating as much as they possibly can.
Shelves can be installed at the back of lower kitchen cabinets which will help reduce space wastage. In case of an island kitchen, cabinets provide added storage to discreetly put away frequently used kitchen items.
3. DON’T ignore countertop workspace
Most homeowners love installing countertops, playing with the looks and material, depending on factors such as aesthetics and cost. Just focusing on these however isn’t sufficient. What matters is the availability of countertop space to perform daily kitchen functions, place essential kitchen items and appliances and the ability to accommodate additional people. Adding a breakfast bar or an island, especially in L-shaped and G-shaped kitchens fulfills this purpose.
4. DON’T miss out on a backsplash
Unlike abroad, Indian kitchens place the least importance on installing a backsplash. Many a times, budgetary constraints decide this, while in other cases, a lack of awareness on this move. Although it might save the homeowner some money in the short term, in the long run, it will cost him much time and effort. With the amount of cooking we do, one can only imagine the dust, grease, steam and humidity that is continuously produced, and which can damage the kitchen walls, especially around the main cooking area. Installing a backsplash behind the oven, and extending it above and around the counters covering the entire cooking area is a great idea to prolong the life of kitchens while making it easy to clean and maintain.
5. DON’T install kitchen islands without thought
With the trend of islands catching up in Indian kitchens, it is natural to be keen on installing it in your kitchen as an additional storage & workspace. The fact is however, that kitchen islands can be waste of space when not installed properly or when it is just a choice made on the spur of the moment. Islands can create bottlenecks and obstruct flow of traffic between the kitchen triangle. They can add chaos to an already cluttered kitchen. An island should not be more than 4 ft long and 2 ft deep, and have plenty of space around it for people to move about. Unless a kitchen is at least greater than 7ft in depth and more than 11ft in length, an island isn’t quite necessary.
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