Fix These Common Kitchen Design Flaws During Remodeling

A remodel is a great time to fix kitchen design problems that make your life a little harder or messier than it needs to be. Maybe you just bought a home with faucets that don’t reach the sink base and leak all over the countertop. Or maybe you’ve always wondered why the original kitchen designer didn’t make use of the space better. Your kitchen remodel is the perfect time to address these issues. Here are some common design issues you might want to fix during your kitchen renovation. 

Not enough storage space

Storage space can be a big issue in the kitchen, and too often, the space a kitchen does have isn’t maximized to meet its full potential. Thankfully, this can be fixed easily during a remodel. When designing your kitchen remodel, be strategic in your cabinet choices and their placement. Lazy Susans are perfect for corner cabinets, while deep drawer cabinets and appliance garages can help maximize every square inch of your kitchen space. 

Insufficient countertop space

This is a big one, especially for people who like to cook. When it comes to countertop space, the more the merrier! However, there are helpful guidelines you can follow to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for optimal countertop space, like having at least 15” next to your refrigerator so you can easily load or unload groceries, or adequate space next to the sink so you can easily wash and prep your food without dripping water all over the floor. Think through how you use your kitchen and what you’d do differently if you only had a little more countertop space. Then, implement it!

Poor lighting

Not only does a well-lit space improve morale and aesthetics but it also keeps you safe! Having a well-lit kitchen will help protect you and your loved ones while chopping and prepping food. The three most common types of lighting in a kitchen include accent, task, and ambient lighting. Ambient lighting is what most kitchens come with; accent lighting is what people add for design, such as a chandelier; and task lighting provides safety by lighting up your workspaces. 

Bad garbage placement

Most of us don’t want our garbage bin out in the open -- it’s stinky and easily accessible to our pets; however, we also don’t want it 10 feet away in a kitchen closet. The solution? An under-cabinet pull-out garbage bin. The most convenient place for this is typically near or under your sink. These are easy to install and usually come with a system for trash and recycling -- just make sure to allow for the proper amount of space during design. 

Inefficient workflow

Your cooking experience should be seamless. You don’t want to spend time constantly running from one side of the kitchen to the other. If you find that’s what you’re doing, your kitchen was poorly designed. Not to fret! Now is the perfect time to fix this. When planning your new kitchen, talk to your designer about your workflow. He or she will be able to plan for it, ensuring that you have both ease of movement and access to storage and appliances. 

Final Thoughts

If you plan on remodeling your kitchen this year, we highly recommend that you consult with a designer before beginning any major renovations. The designers at Kitchen & Bath Ideas have a combined 100+ years of experience to help you address these design flaws and more. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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