The set-up of your kitchen is very important. This heavily used area in the home needs to be functional while also looking its best.
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As the kitchen is one of the most important areas in your house, there should be some strategy for choosing the right kitchen furniture.
We’re here to help with five rules to follow when choosing the right furniture for the area of your home you probably spend the most time in. Read on for some simple rules to keep in mind before you begin your kitchen design process.
Rule #1: Always keep functionality in mind
Before choosing kitchen furniture, think about the ideal distribution of your kitchen and draw out a rough plan. The space you have available will be the deciding factor on how you can adapt your kitchen furniture to suit your needs and the available area. There is a sub-rule to remember here as well; always adapt your kitchen to your needs, not the other way around when it comes to additions and furniture.
Rule #2: Never compromise on your style
Your home needs to be comfortable; a big part of achieving this is staying true to your personal preferences and style. The style that your kitchen will have is heavily dictated by the furniture you choose and your kitchen backsplash, and modern kitchen decor offers many different shapes and colors to choose from.
The primary categories of style are modern, classic, and rustic, and we recommend sticking to the theme that runs throughout the rest of your home if that has already been set. This is especially important if you have an open-plan kitchen and living room.
Rule #3: Think about practical openings
A big trap for young players is forgetting to think about the openings of certain furniture, especially if you have a small kitchen. Practical openings are those that don’t occupy or hinder space unnecessarily. Avoid these issues with furniture that has sliding doors or drawers. For furniture that has doors that open to the outside, position them in places that won’t hinder the space.
Rule #4: Measure twice, buy once
Ensuring the right size of your furniture is not only important to guarantee everything fits in its allocated space but also to achieve comfortable, ergonomic use. The height of your furniture needs to ensure that you can stand correctly when completing cooking and food prep tasks. For example, if the counters are too low (or high), they will cause you to adopt bad posture, and you’ll experience pains and aches.
Cabinets or kitchen islands should be placed at a height that allows you to reach them comfortably, not just reach their doors or shelves.
Rule #5: Opt for custom cabinets to maximize space
Regardless of your kitchen layout, you’ll always find gaps that may seem useless. We like to think that a gap is just a future shelf that can hold jars with kitchen ingredients, utensils, or a plant to spruce up the aesthetic.
Custom cabinets can take advantage of these gaps, creating more space for storage, and you can never have enough of that in the kitchen! If you do go the custom route, consider your countertops as well. As these are the main piece of furniture in your kitchen, your choice of countertop is important. Always keep resistance and durability in mind (along with style), and find a professional to help with their transportation to ensure there is no damage.
With the right plan, your kitchen will look great
Designing your kitchen is all about planning, thinking about functionality and finding the right pieces. If you allow the necessary time to do this, you’ll end up with a kitchen that you’ll love and enjoy for years to come.