What not to do when designing a kitchen – the common mistakes to avoid
There is more to designing a kitchen than worrying about the cabinetry, light fixtures, and countertops. You also have to worry about the available spacing, plumbing, electrical wiring, appliances, and so on. If you don’t plan out your kitchen design properly, you could run into trouble down the road.
Below are the top 4 common mistakes to avoid when designing your kitchen.
1) A Cramped Kitchen Layout
People want to be able to move around their kitchen freely and easily. They don’t want to feel cramped and isolated because of too many cabinets and appliances in their way.
For example, if you’re going to add something like a countertop to the middle of your kitchen, make sure it is four feet away from the other cabinetry and appliances. You should also separate each appliance by a distance of four feet too. Otherwise, the doors of your oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher could get in the way of each other when you open them.
2) Not Measuring Your Kitchen Spaces
One of the worst things you can do is not measure the spaces in your kitchen. When you shop around for new appliances and cabinets, you need to know which sizes you can accommodate in your kitchen space. Otherwise, you could end up purchasing an appliance or cabinet that does not fit in your kitchen space.
3) Poor Lighting
You need to be able to see all the workspaces in your kitchen. Too many homeowners only focus on the overhead lighting in their kitchens without considering other unique lighting options. Think about adding under cabinet lights and stovetop lights to your kitchen.
4) Using All Horizontal Storage Cabinets
Horizontal storage cabinets take up a lot of space in a kitchen. That is why you should consider using more vertical storage cabinets. They can help you conserve more space by storing kitchenware upwards.