Making your kitchen work for you

28 Mar

A kitchen is the heart of a home – from preparing meals, to chatting while cleaning up and overseeing homework, it is often the busiest room in a house. Designing a kitchen, therefore, requires some consideration to make sure that the space works best for you, your family and your lifestyle. It should be designed for everyday living, not just for special occasions or events. Before embarking on a kitchen design project, ask yourself the following three questions:

1. What do you use your kitchen for? 

Is it a practical space for preparing meals, or a social hub for chatting, homework and hosting dinner parties? The answer to this question will help greatly with layout and design, helping you make the most of the space you have. Size doesn’t have to be an issue when design takes lifestyle into account. 

2. Who uses the kitchen? 

Is it there for one or two people or does it exist to support a family? Is there a predominant user or does everyone in the household access the kitchen regularly? If there is one main user, then the kitchen should be designed around their preferences – both practical and aesthetic. For example, consider their preference for contemporary kitchen design or classic kitchen design. For multiple users, you can create designated areas, for example, places for storing dishes, an area for cooking and food storage areas, that are easy, functional and obvious for all.

3. What do you keep in the kitchen?

Make an ideal list of the appliances you need - as well as those you want - to keep in your kitchen. That includes dishwasher, fridge or fridge/freezer, washing machine, boiler, coffee machine, etc.

Once you have a clear idea of how the kitchen is to be used, you can then look at the practicalities of layout, storage, lighting, flooring and so on. There may be limitations set by space, sockets and the position of doors and windows and these will decide whether you go for a fitted kitchen or something more bespoke. 

Accessing professional planning services and tools from a trusted supplier such as BPM Kitchens will go a long way to help create a kitchen that works for you despite any limitations. Want to discuss a kitchen project? Contact us today and make your kitchen work around you.