In school for Interior Design, they don’t just teach you what to do when you are designing a kitchen. More importantly, you will learn what to avoid. Here are the top 10 kitchen design mistakes to avoid.
Kitchen Design Mistake #1: Minimizing food storage
Where do you plan to keep your dry food items? The thing I find most irritating about renting a place is when there is no place to store food. If you don’t have a separate room for food storage, at least consider incorporating a tall pantry cabinet into the kitchen.
Kitchen Design Mistake #2: Minimizing countertop space
Unless your kitchen is just for looks and you never plan on using it, you will need a space to prepare food. Determine how often you cook and how big of meals you prepare in order to determine how much countertop space you will need.
Kitchen Design Mistake #3: Leaving the garbage out
Whether you decide on garbage/recycling pull-outs or a space tucked away in the corner, you will need somewhere to keep the garbage can.
Kitchen Design Mistake #4: Leaving the microwave out
For some people, the microwave is the most important appliance in a kitchen. Other people never cook with one. However, you will want to plan a space for a microwave, whether it is built into the cabinets or tucked away in a corner.
Kitchen Design Mistake #5: Inadequate landing space
You need a landing space for each appliance in your kitchen: the refrigerator, stove, sink, and even the microwave. Imagine taking a piping hot bowl out of the microwave or oven and having nowhere to set it. There should be a landing space either adjacent to, directly above, below, or across from each appliance.
Kitchen Design Mistake #6: Going too trendy
Orange cabinets may be trendy now, but in a few years, they will seem dated. Stick to the classics: stained wood is beautiful and will always be in style.
Kitchen Design Mistake #7: Planning for the short term
Plan for the future – one day, the simple kitchen activities you do now will not be quite as easy. If you plan on staying here forever, universally-friendly knobs will make tasks like opening cabinet doors and drawers much easier when you are older.
Kitchen Design Mistake #8: Inadequate lighting
How do you plan to prepare food in a kitchen without proper lighting? A kitchen needs at least adequate general lighting, if not under-cabinet lights for tasks such as chopping vegetables or mixing ingredients. Accent lighting is optional in the kitchen.
Kitchen Design Mistake #9: Inadequate ventilation
Ventilation is important in preventing the buildup of smoke residue. Proper ventilation also helps to improve indoor air quality.
Kitchen Design Mistake #10: Less-than-functional layout
The sink, stove, and refrigerator make up the kitchen work triangle. Each needs to be placed conveniently so that you will be able to move easily from one to another.
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