Isn’t home ownership a funny thing? You buy a house thinking it’s the perfect home for you and your family until you live in it, day in and day out, and then you realise that improvements need to be made in certain areas. And I bet that if you were to ask people what part of the house needs to be improved, 8 out of 10 would say the kitchen.
Why is that? Purely because the kitchen is where we spend so much of our time and if the flow of the kitchen is off, then it makes for many, many hours of cooking frustration.
So, what are some aspects of a kitchen that create ‘good flow’?
- The Golden Kitchen Triangle
Many kitchen designers subscribe to the golden kitchen triangle where the stove, fridge and sink are positioned at three sides of the triangle. This is a good rule of thumb and is simply about keeping the most used areas of the kitchen in close proximity to each other. Important to remember is to keep related things close together, for example, keep the dishwasher near the sink, keep the bin within easy reach of the dishwasher and your food preparation area close to the stove.
During the design phase, it would also be wise to take into consideration how open appliance doors may affect the flow of the kitchen. So, if you are thinking of putting your fridge, dishwasher and pantry in the same vicinity, consider what would happen if all three doors were open at the same time – that’s right, the kitchen would become one big traffic jam!
- Working With The Space You’ve Got
If you’re fortunate to have a big airy house, that has ample space, then you might consider an open plan kitchen without any closed in corners and an island bench. Not only is this style of kitchen inviting for family and guests to be able to congregate in (because the kitchen is always the hub of the party) but it will also ensure that kitchen overcrowding and traffic jams are a thing of the past.
When it comes to smaller kitchen spaces, avoid the temptation to cram in as much cabinet and bench space as possible – not only will it make the kitchen look crowded and even smaller but it will throw the flow off once again. Instead, opt for moveable work areas such as island carts or trolleys.
- Ample Plug Points
When planning a kitchen, you can never have too many plug points because the kitchen is possibly the most power-hungry room in the house. Ensure that you have ample plug points at the various work zones in your kitchen so that all your small appliances are not cluttered in one area only, as this can be a source of great frustration especially if you’re using a slow cooker, rice cooker, electric mixer, and kettle all at the same time.
TIP: Because so many of us use our smartphones or tablets while cooking to look up recipes, measurements, etc. it’s a good idea to get a USB electrical socket installed so you can plug in and charge your phone at the same time.
- Light, Beautiful Light
Ensure that you have adequate lighting over all the work zones in your kitchen. If lighting is only good in one corner, it will throw off the flow because you may find that you land up doing everything in that corner, thus blocking access to the sink or stove/oven or dishwasher. Plus, a well-lit kitchen will prevent any major accidents from happening because let’s face it, sharp knives, hot stoves and oven grills can be very hazardous if you can’t see what you’re doing clearly.
- Spectator Box Seats
Because the kitchen is the heart of the home and where all the cool kids hang out when there’s a party, ensure that you have an area where people can sit so that they can still be a part of the kitchen magic but not in the way of it. Bar stools at an island bench make for great spectator seats and with such a large variety available in stores, you’re sure to find a set to compliment your favourite new room in the house.
Kitchens can be a huge investment and cost a lot, so many may be tempted to go the DIY route, however if you make the smallest mistake, it could cost a whole lot more so it’s always a good idea to consult with a qualified and reputable company that specialises in kitchen renovations, like Kitchens Direct Perth.
Kitchens Direct Perth is a family-owned business that specialises in kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovations in Perth. The business is located in Malaga and it is a full-service renovations company that can take care of all your needs – from rip outs to custom-made cabinetry and from plumbing services to gas works and all other electrical services. If you’re looking to update your kitchen, bathroom or laundry, contact Kitchens Direct today.