Category Archives: Common Mistakes

Common Kitchen Design Mistakes: What’s the Appropriate Space between a Peninsula and Cabinets Close to it.

Inexperienced designers often forget to leave enough circulation space between  cabinets (see another example here) and cabinets and appliances. As shown above, any refrigerator in inaccessible when there only 25” of free space. Our IKEA designers weren’t thrilled about placing … Continue reading

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Common Kitchen Design Mistakes: Do I Need Fillers for Drawer Cabinets by the Wall?

Bathroom storage is tight to begin with; who wants drawers that only open halfway? Or, that do manage to open completely but scrape the adjoining wall. When using IKEA’s frameless cabinets it’s important to remember that fillers (spacers) are vital … Continue reading

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Common Kitchen Mistakes: How do I Know What the ideal Circulation Area is between cabinets?

An experienced kitchen designer knows that there must be at least 30” of free space of circulation area between cabinets. The narrower the space the greater the chance for accidents, problems or general boo-boos. Imagine carrying a pot of boiling … Continue reading

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Common Kitchen Design Mistakes: Why Cabinets on the Counter are a Bad Idea When Close to the Stove

Forget the “3 R’s” from elementary school and remember the the “3 R’s” for the minimum cabinet space around the cooking area: Range Range Requirements. A minimum of 18” of free-space must separate the cooking heat and any adjoining cabinets. … Continue reading

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Common Kitchen Design Mistakes: Placing front-controlled Cooktops lower than the countertop

Normal cooktops sit in a countertop cut-out; all four exposed countertop edges of the cutout are covered by the rim of the cooktop itself. Front-controlled cook-tops are unique because the countertop is cut on three sides – so the exposed … Continue reading

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Common Kitchen Design Mistakes: Corner Stove and Microwave alignment

Inexperienced IKEA designers have a tendency to set all cabinets and appliances against the wall, however ranges placed at an angled corner wall are an important exception.  The main reason for this is that the range will not be aligned below … Continue reading

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Common Kitchen Design Mistakes: How the Window Frame affects your Design

Our practical side aims to install as many IKEA cabinets as possible in the kitchen (especially if it’s small) to increase storage space. Though, our opposing aesthetic side knows that the kitchen must look good and be comfortable.  Often times … Continue reading

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