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With kitchen design planning, it’s important that you spend time considering who will be using it and for what type of use. Those with family homes may want an adaptable space which is efficient to use, stylish and hard-wearing, whereas a single occupant may want something a bit simpler, which is sleek and designed for occasional use. As we know, a kitchen isn’t JUST for preparing food; it can be an idyllic social gathering space, a dining area, a play area and even a space for children to do their homework!
Getting your layout right is a fundamental part of kitchen design and should always be well thought out in regards to your own preferences, but also your practical situations. For example, if you have children, or are planning to, you might want to have a specific ‘U-shaped’ layout that closes off at one end, keeping little family members away from your feet. Some people do however, like to have a bustling, family centred space with open and free flowing space – so if this
is you, you’ll perhaps want an L-shape, or island layout that flows into living space or living areas.
Tip 2 – Create a suitable cooking space
A kitchen is for cooking! Most families like to try and incorporate some social-promoting layouts depending on the space and certain other features they want. Let’s think practically for a second to illustrate how important (or not important) this might be for you. If you have teenagers that constantly access the fridge and microwave, you might want to position them towards the outer sections of the kitchen. This will mean that they’re positioned in a place easy to reach, but at the same time – safely away from the main cook area.
Tip 3 – Island or no island?
If you have the room to get an island put into your kitchen, you should really consider the ways in which you would use it. An island does immediate allow a degree of multi-purpose usage, as it could be used as a place to eat, study, do homework, or just to sit and relax with a glass of wine. An induction hob can be installed into the island which enables conversation whilst cooking, as well as allowing the kids a chance to watch and learn how it’s done!
Tip 4 – Different surfaces at different heights
In a food prep zone, there are different activities that are best done at different heights. As well as this, people of different sizes work best at different heights! To illustrate this to you, imagine trying to tuck a baby chair under an island, it just might not fit right – whereas if we consider the same scenario with a breakfast bar, we may have a better setup. Again, think if children are doing homework, they may need different heights to which they can physically get it done.
Tip 5 – Make sure you have generous storage
Storage is especially important in family homes. Besides from all the food, pots, pans and plates you need to find space for, additional items like baby bottles, bibs and high chairs – all of which take up extra space. As the family grows, you’ll need even more space, so make sure you have considered that before you commit to your storage units. Think about where you will keep sharp knives and other potentially dangerous utensils, ensuring they’re kept locked away safe when not in use.
As you can see, planning your family kitchen is not necessarily a straightforward task, especially when you need to consider lots of people’s needs and how they may change over time. We hope these tips have given you something to think about in regards to your new kitchen. For quotations, brochures and kitchens, fitting and questions, get in touch with us at Greentree Kitchens Llandudno!