Kitchen space solutions: Use only the appliances you’ll need

Everyone gets excited when planning home renovations and it’s relatively easy to get carried away with so many nifty appliances in the market.  That’s how some end up with a design such as this one:

This reduces not only your storage space, having less available for cabinets.  It also decreases walk through space.  Sounds bad enough? Just imagine having to use more than one of these appliances simultaneously, opening the doors is an unnecessary hassle.

Here are some tips you can use to avoid this issue:

  • Plan your budget: Appliances usually take up most of the budget. Make sure there is still enough budget for the cabinets, otherwise you might end up with a poor design.
  • Choose appliances appropriate to your lifestyle: A wine cooler is not necessary in most homes unless you host parties and gatherings rather often. Ice makers may not be required with a big refrigerator.  Keep in mind that more appliances means higher utility bills.

    With the bar planned for a different area and using a full range instead of a double oven, there’s now room for a microwave and enough space for everyday tasks

  • Don’t crowd your kitchen: Give the tasks that will take place more frequently in the area more priority and look for other options for your remaining appliances.  The trash compactor might be better off in the garage.  There might be no need for a bar sink so close to the main sink.  How about considering a new area in your home? One that is closer to the area you usually entertain in.

Beautiful bar design is also possible with IKEA, only 87″ wide in Adel Beech

About IKD

IKD began several years ago designing IKEA kitchens for IKEA authorized installation contractors. We've successfully completed thousands of IKEA kitchen designs for every possible range of size, shape, budget and style. We still continue to design for these IKEA contractors, but also serve those IKEA consumers that just want a design or will install themselves. Most often customers want a better quality design than what they can do with IKEA's Home Planner.
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2 Responses to Kitchen space solutions: Use only the appliances you’ll need

  1. Hi, just wanted to tell you, I liked this post. It was funny. Keep on posting!

  2. Bright and intense analysis. These just shows that you are indeed know what are you saying you are certainly a well-informed person. These tips are really realistic and easy to follow.Thanks!

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