- The basics of kitchen design
Are you a large family, a couple without children, a single person? Do you only use your kitchen occasionally? Are you a real chef? Are you used to entertaining? These aspects will result in choices in terms of layout, layout, and equipment. Options that are not trivial, when we know that a kitchen is renewed on average every … 23 years.
- Well thought-out kitchen design rhymes with practicality
Comfort and ergonomics are essential elements. We sometimes spend time cooking, which involves a lot of travel: from the refrigerator to the worktop, from the preparation area to the oven … You might as well save your efforts by arranging the place as practical as possible. For installation, kitchen designers generally start from the triangle of activities defined by the cooking area (hob, oven), the washing area (sink, dishwasher), and the preparation/storage area (refrigerator).
Bringing these areas closer together makes it easier to move around while avoiding any obstacle. Storage gains in height: prefer columns that take up less floor space but allow more storage than a traditional cupboard. Likewise, with a raised work surface, the storage capacity is increased by installing an additional drawer.
- Successful kitchen design also relies on good space organization
Before you start, an action plan is essential. To help you define the location, the kitchen designers have developed 3D software that allows you to build your project in just a few clicks. But, beforehand, you will have to take the measurements of the room to be fitted out: dimensions (length, width, and height of each wall), right angles or not, location of openings (doors and windows), connections and technical elements (water, gas, electricity, but also sockets, switches, radiators).
- Select materials and finishes
Determining the type of material for the furniture, facades, worktops, as well as their finishes, will directly affect the price of the kitchen. While solid wood is the most expensive for fronts, solutions such as veneer, PVC, or melamine particleboard (the cheapest) make the score more affordable. New materials are also making their way into the kitchen, such as paper (PaperStone), bamboo, with environmental benefits.
- Choose the household appliance
Generally, when creating a kitchen, we opt for built-in appliances. A question of aesthetics and practicality, since the household appliance disappears from view or goes perfectly with the kitchen furniture. Moreover, manufacturers have developed coordinated ranges (oven, dishwasher, hob) and now offer colours other than the classic black and grey. Of course, this evolution is also found in the open kitchen, which, presenting itself to the view, imposes a hyper-neat appearance.
Beyond the aesthetic aspect, the choice of a model depends on its capacities and durability. Built-in appliances are often more expensive than freestanding models. To find your way around, you have to look at the energy label affixed to large household appliances. It allows you to find out and compare energy and water consumption and know the acoustic performance.
An islet or not?
When we think of cooking, we often imagine having a large island. If this arrangement is the dream of many of us, sound advice: if you have a room of less than 15 m2, it is better to give it up. Because this piece of furniture not only requires space to be functional enough but also to move around or use it (if it has storage, for example), all around, a space of at least 90 to 100 cm is required. This to be able to open the cupboards without hindrance.