Top Common Kitchen Layout Mistakes to Avoid

Jun 30, 2017

In many Long Island houses, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Beyond nourishing your body and soul, the kitchen becomes the place where kids do their homework and it’s always the room guests gravitate towards. Therefore you should bear in mind that it needs to be a comfortable spot for drinks and socializing, as well as functional for your meal.

When planning your kitchen layout, you should work with your design team to consider not only the aesthetics, but also your family’s unique organizational needs, layout, and functionality. And, although many interior designers will have different approaches, they will mostly agree on certain basics concerning functionality.

Here are some of the most common mistakes that occur when families are designing their dream kitchen:

Wasting storage space

Kitchens have a lot of stuff, from small appliances and cooking utensils, to pots and pans, dishes, glasses, and silverware! One of the most common mistakes occurs when the design starts with the look and not the functionality of the space. Spend some time thinking about how much storage room you’ll need. If you have a small kitchen, consider extra tall upper cabinets. Think about seasonal storage places like a cabinet over the refrigerator. Think thoughtfully about the space you’ve available right now, many kitchens have some wasted space that be utilized.

Forgetting the kitchen triangle

The kitchen triangle is made by three focal points: the sink, the cooktop/oven or range, and the refrigerator. The lines between each point should be unobstructed to allow proper workflow. Think also of how much clearance space you need moving between these areas with serving trays or heavy groceries in your hands. Regardless of the size of your kitchen, you must always think about the kitchen triangle and ways to optimize your utility of the kitchen.

Low counter space

Of course, having a nice big sink is a great feature in many renovations and magazines. But while they may look fantastic, the reality is that having enough prep space is more important if you do any cooking or baking. How many dishes are you really going to do by hand if you also have a dishwasher? Not to mention that appliances these days are stunning design pieces worthy of being left out countertops year round and not hidden in a drawer. Try to add as much horizontal surface area in the kitchen as possible. If you have a big kitchen, make sure you work in an island or peninsula to extend the countertops and provide you with space to get your family cooking!