If you feel like you’re always scrambling around your kitchen looking for tools and trying to make better use of your space, consider a functional kitchen design remodel for better efficiency and organization.
While some remodels might require layout changes, others are simple organization ideas that you can incorporate today!
#1 – Use A Kitchen Work Triangle
This is one functional kitchen design idea that may require a more extensive remodel that includes moving plumbing or appliances. With the kitchen work triangle concept, your stovetop, sink and refrigerator are at each corner, so that if you draw a straight line between these appliances it makes a triangle. The idea is that having these work stations in close proximity to one another reduces excessive movement and makes doing common tasks quicker and more efficient.
#2 – Have A Big Kitchen Island
The most efficient use of space in a big kitchen is a big island. What you decide to use it for is personal preference, but many people choose to have items for prepping food: utensils and cutting boards, prep sink and garbage, as well as a separate space for sitting and eating. The beauty of a large island is the amount of storage space under and around it. You can have traditional cabinets and drawers, or built-in shelves, Lazy Susans and other innovative storage solutions.
#3 – Take Advantage Of Vertical Space
Especially in smaller kitchens, take advantage of any unused wall space where there are no cabinets. Magnetic bars hold spice jars, hooks hold utensils, coffee cups and towels, and shelves can hold everything from cookbooks to plants. The key to using vertical wall storage solutions is to keep it neat and uncluttered.
#4 – Create A Complete Lighting Plan
Gone are the days of a single, overhead fluorescent light in the kitchen. Not only are they unsightly, these lights do nothing to illuminate work areas, cabinets and pantries. A functional kitchen design includes a complete lighting plan with three types of lighting: general lighting (the main overhead source of lighting in the kitchen), task lighting (that illuminates specific work areas over the counter, sink or stove), and accent lighting (decorative lighting that creates a focal point).
#5 – Splurge On Innovative Storage Solutions
Everyone loves those giant corner cabinets for all their appliances, but who likes digging to the back of them on their hands and knees? An innovative solution is a matching giant lazy Susan that brings appliances front and center when you need them. Other storage solutions that will change your life include deep drawers with custom racks for plates, cups and bowls; spice inserts for drawers; built-in utensil crocks in custom cabinets; pull-out under sink drawers; cookie sheet drawers; pull-out trashcan drawers; and built-in pet bowls.
As the leading design-build home remodeling company in the greater Chicago area, Synergy Builders can help you incorporate functional kitchen design ideas into your kitchen remodel for a more efficient, organized space you’ll love. Contact us today at 630.293.8070 for a complimentary consultation.