When you think about designing a kitchen, you might think about what color the backsplash will be or what finish you want for the cabinets or countertops. While these are perfectly fine to consider, you also need to make sure that your new kitchen is as functional as it is beautiful. At Kiba Studios, our designers can walk you through the entire kitchen design process, offering tips and suggestions on how to make the room exactly what you want and what you need it to be.
Make Every Step Count
You’re probably familiar with the workflow triangle of a kitchen and how the refrigerator, stove, and sink or dishwasher need to be in the proper places. However, it’s also important to consider how many steps you take to retrieve items such as dishes or plastic wrap while you’re preparing a meal or cleaning up after dinner. You can eliminate steps by keeping things close to where you use them or where they go after they’re clean, such as putting the silverware drawer near the dishwasher.
You’ll also want to think about the flow of traffic in your new kitchen. The walkways need to be wide enough to allow people to move through easily, which means your wall cabinets and countertops need to be at least 36 inches from your island. Speaking of the island, consider how you want to use this space — will it just be for prep and serving, or will you be adding a sink and seating area as well?
Finally, it’s important to have your appliances and cabinets in the right place, so you’re not taking extra steps to get what you need. Don’t put appliances or cabinets on corners, and make sure your microwave is at an appropriate height. If the design allows for it, make sure you have plenty of counterspace next to your cooktop and refrigerator, for setting things down as your prep and clean up.
Form Follows Function
Function is key when it comes to designing a new kitchen, and once you have that figured out, you can choose the form you want in terms of styles and finishes. You may really like the look of a certain vent hood, but if it doesn’t provide the functionality you need, let us help you find the best option.
You may need to think outside of the box when it comes to functionality, such as having a refrigerator drawer in the island so that you can quickly grab ingredients while using the island as a prep space. For your cooktop area, think about how you can add shelves or racks above the backsplash for spices, oils, and more. If you want to install a pot filler above the range for easy water access, that can be a perfect blend of function and form.
Organization is Key
Every kitchen needs to be organized, and when designing your new one, make sure organization is one of the top priorities. You’ll have plenty of cabinets and shelves, but you’ll need to consider how each of those storage areas are organized. Ingredients you use all the time need to be easy to reach, as do after-school snacks for the kids.
You’ll also want to plan for where you’ll have your trash and recycling bins in the kitchen. These will likely be in a base cabinet drawer, and you can make sure you have space for at least two bins — one for trash and one for recycling. If you’re going to have a message center in the kitchen, where you store mail, notes, and other related items, you may need separate trash and recycling bins for this space.
Finally, your electrical outlets can help with organization by providing convenient spots for small countertop appliances to charging stations for electronics. When planning your new kitchen, be intentional about where you put each outlet!
Start On Your New Kitchen Today
If you’re ready to get started on your new kitchen, contact your local Kiba Studios showroom today. The expert designers in the showroom can help you with everything from function and organization to cabinet placement and finishes.