Is storage as important as looks in kitchen design?
Absolutely! Even though we all want a designer kitchen, if it doesn’t function like an every day kitchen, it isn’t worth having at all. There are many things to consider when designing for function. How much storage do you need? Where do you plan on storing everything? Will your storage decisions complicate your workflow?
Determine your kitchen’s functions
Take advantage of every square inch. Every part of the kitchen is usable space when organized correctly. Think about what each space is going to be used for. For example: it may be good to add an extra 6 inches for that cookie sheet or counter-top appliance.
Cabinet functionality is also important. Their function depends entirely on the proximity to appliances. Once all the plumbing and electrical is sorted out, you can then decide which cabinets are best to hold pots and pans, and which are best to hold dishes.
Everyone uses their kitchen in a unique way. The best way to handle this is to imagine yourself in your kitchen and see where you end up.
Work triangle tips
Silverware drawers are best placed near the sink and/or dishwasher, with dishes above, or below.
Everyday items are best kept near the sink or prep area, as they will be easily accessible and just as easy to clean.
Spices should be stored near your cook top or prep area. Whether you prefer to keep them in a cabinet, on a spice rack, or just on the counter, keep them well organized and easily accessible.
Drawers or cabinets?
Cabinets do cost less than drawers. Most architects agree that deep, wide, drawers are much more functional than standard cabinets. This is because they allow use of the entire space. Being able to pull it out, rather than crouching down and digging in the back of the cabinet, is also a huge bonus!
Maximizing space and storage
Maximizing storage often makes a kitchen feel more open. Dedicating one wall for floor to ceiling storage will keep counter tops clutter free. Playing with drawer and counter heights can add storage space too. Try to make use of the extra space beside deep refrigerators. Deepen the upper cabinets and counters, and take cabinets all the way to the ceiling.
Furthermore, with these few tips, hopefully your kitchen will feel more efficient and functional!