Five of the biggest kitchen design blunders and how to avoid them

Designing a kitchen is challenging, fun, exciting and creative. It also requires a certain amount of design know-how or, at the very least, design intuition. As plenty of kitchens are designed without either know-how or design intuition, kitchen design blunders are not uncommon.

Check out the following five big kitchen design blunders and how to avoid them.

Cabinets positioned awkwardly

Cabinets positioned in the wrong place is a leading kitchen design quip. Items placed in cabinets should be easy to locate and manoeuvre and not hindered by an awkward to open cabinet door!

When designing a kitchen, be sure to accurately measure the space and plan the position of the cabinets accordingly.

Insufficient workspace

Designing a kitchen that lacks enough workspace can create headaches later down the line. In fact, according to a Which? survey, insufficient worktops are the number one kitchen design mistake.

When planning a kitchen be sure to include ample worktop space, so everything from a microwave to toaster, and, of course, plenty of room to create those culinary delights, are taken care of.

Underestimating the amount of storage

It’s safe to say that a kitchen is the room in a house that requires the most amount of storage. Despite the large amounts of storage required to store the likes of cutlery, tinned food, plates, pots, pans and more, kitchens are often designed with unsatisfactory storage.

When designing a kitchen, make storage a priority, particularly if you have limited space. For smaller sized kitchens, it is important items are kept off countertops, so sufficient storage is required to place things.

A lack of plug sockets

We’ve all been there, stayed in an apartment or hotel room without enough plug sockets. A kitchen demands an abundance of sockets to take care of the multitude of appliances and other energy-reliant fittings.

When designing a kitchen, make plug sockets and priority, setting them out in strategic places so they can adequately cater for every appliance and fitting.

Low-quality appliances and materials

Renovating a kitchen can be costly and it is tempting to opt for cheaper materials and appliances to keep the cost down. However, cheaper products often come at the expense of quality and result in being a false economy.

When possible, opt for more robust, higher quality materials, such as granite or marble worktops, and appliances from leading manufacturers, so you are not forced to go through the upheaval of replacing them in a couple of years’ time.

Jonathan Caplan

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Jonathan Caplan

I co-founded New ID Living with my brother, Daniel and over the years we have developed and expanded the business together including the purchase of a flooring company...
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