We live in a fast –paced world where functional modular cabinets becomes more and more important when designing your modular kitchen. When it comes to functionality, modular kitchens are the way to go. This is not to say that your kitchen should be some kind of factory. When done right, your modular kitchen can be an efficient work-space while still being a welcoming place for your guests.
However, setting it up is not as simple as going to your local modular cabinet maker and buying the stuff you want. The easy solution would be to consult your interior designer and trusting their advice.
With this, we came up with a list of the most common mistakes made when setting up a modular kitchen to make your kitchen making life easier:
Not having enough legroom in “The Work Triangle”
The sink, stove and refrigerator are the busiest workstations in the kitchen and is collectively called the “work triangle”. A common mistake is not giving enough room in the working area. Narrow aisles, not enough space for doors to swing, and unnecessary islands are the most common mistakes made when allotting space in the kitchen. These can be causes for people stepping on each other’s feet and other related accidents we wouldn’t want.
Not using enough storage cabinets
A nice design is good, but it is even better to plan for proper storage on top of this. A common mistake when designing your modular kitchen is to think cabinets can store just cooking materials. Planning with your local cabinet maker or interior designer will definitely help to account for everything else from appliances and cups to cookware and condiments. This is the part where a modular kitchen’s functionality can really shine and, with the right plan, may not even take so much space.
Neglecting the durability of your countertop
Chopping fruits, tenderizing meat and other kitchen activity can really take a toll on your countertops. Even if you prepare food carefully, there is still the risk of making irremovable scratches. It is best to consider high-quality countertops made of marble, granite or stone and not just the sleekest looking (less durable) ones in order to avoid this. Nowadays, there are even plenty of good options using wood and laminate.
Poor kitchen lighting
The floor, countertops, cabinets, and other basics make up the character of the kitchen. However, it would be best to plan for lighting as well. Not only does it make the kitchen look better, but it also makes sure you can see everything especially the sharp objects. Moreover, good lighting has proven to improve concentration when cooking. Designing your modular kitchen for aesthetics and performance is definitely worth spending for. A bonus here is that there are plenty of led and other options that are good for your budget.
The unplanned kitchen island
Having an island in your kitchen makes it look good, no doubt. However, aesthetics should not be the only reason behind designing your modular kitchen. Only consider an island when you are sure you have enough space. Smaller kitchens can still be functional without one, so consider the options carefully.
Let’s move on to something that we can’t really see – ventilation. Aesthetics and functionality are important, but it is equally important to make sure your guests can’t tell what you had for dinner last night by smelling your kitchen. On top of keeping your kitchen air smelling fresh, it also helps to make your appliances last longer by keeping it clean.
At this point, your modular kitchen should now look and feel perfect. Let’s make sure it stays that way by planning for backsplashes. This will keep the nasty grease and oil stains away from the walls when cooking. Options normally include plastic, metal or tiles – all of which can effectively protect the walls.
Kitchen design will eventually boil down to your lifestyle. No single ‘best’ design will do the trick. Your local modular kitchen cabinet maker or interior designer should be the best consultant. But if you want to familiarize things for yourself, we hope these 7 tips can help you plan your next modular kitchen.
We can never be too careful when making the most out of our space especially if it’s limited. Is there anything you feel should be avoided? Feel free to tell us in the comments section below.