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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: 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: What’s Wrong With Glass Cabinets by the Range?

Accidental bits of glass in the Goulash add crunch but it could be your last meal. So, suspending glass panels above tonight’s dinner is indeed a recipe for trouble. Designing glass door cabinets around the range might seem like a … Continue reading

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Choosing the ideal fridge location for your kitchen

Leaving your fridge next to the wall (as shown above) is always the wrong way to go.  Not only does this make the entire design look poorly planned, but it’s also very impractical – and here’s why: The door must … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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