Top 10 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes

We’ve all been there. Something makes sense in our imaginations and even on paper, but in real life it just doesn’t quite work. Redesigning a kitchen is a complex and rewarding process, but there are ideas that might seem great at first but end up making your kitchen less than everything you had imagined. Read on to learn about some of the most common mistakes in kitchen design so you can avoid making them and learn from others’ experience. Also keep in mind that our support team at Nelson Cabinetry is here to help you – check out our Contact Us page for more details.

Forgetting About the Kitchen Work Triangle

The kitchen work triangle provides the most efficient, comfortable space for working in the kitchen. It consists of three points – the refrigerator, the stove, and the sink – where the most activity in the kitchen takes place. The distance between each should be between 4 and 9 feet, with the sum total of all sides being between 13 and 26 feet. To maximize your work space, ensure that the paths between each of the stations are clear. Items such as a freestanding kitchen island unit should not intersect any of the sides by more than 1 foot. You can even incorporate one of the stations into the island, since there are kitchen middle islands with sinks and even stoves.

Going Beyond Your Budget

After you’ve decided how to apportion the costs of your kitchen remodel, you might come up with a new idea that could put a dent in your budget. Though it’s tempting to make changes along the way, it can lead to headaches down the line. It’s better not to stray from your original plans in order to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Focusing Too Much on the Main Features

To ensure the success of your remodel, don’t forget to consider how the smaller details fit into the bigger picture. This includes planning everything down to the kitchen toe kicks, wall filler, and crown molding around cabinets. Nelson Cabinetry has got you covered down to every last detail of your new cabinets.

Neglecting Corners

This is one area where you don’t want to cut corners: lazy susan kitchen cabinets and blind base cabinets significantly add to your overall remodel by transforming the “dead space” into fully functional storage areas. The back areas of corners tend to get neglected and cluttered, but with a blind base cabinet or a lazy susan, you’ll have all your items at your fingertips and make the most of your kitchen space.

Failing to Keep an Open Layout

An open layout is the best option for an inviting kitchen with a good workflow. Keep in mind how many people are usually there when meals are being prepared and where they tend to be. This way, you can make sure they won’t be in the way when the cook needs to access storage or when moving from one point of the work triangle to the next.

Not Taking Storage into Consideration

Be sure to plan your kitchen layout according to what kinds of activities occur most frequently in your kitchen, which involves storing items that only get occasional use. If you only use an electric mixer every once in a while, for example, it’s best to store it in bridge cabinets over the refrigerator or stove. A single- or double-door kitchen pantry or utility cabinet is an excellent choice for cooks who need to organize and access smaller items like ingredients and cookware.

Wrong Measurements

Mistakes in measurements is one of the most common problems that consumers can encounter. Double- and even triple-checking is key to make sure everything is accurate. It’s a good idea to buy a few extra filler pieces just in case.

Not Squaring the Sink Base with a Window

It’s important to get the sink base squared with the window. Usually if a window is 36″, you’ll want the sink to be right beneath it and get a 36″ sink base. If the window is 30″, then go for an SB30; for a 33″ window, make sure to choose an SB33, etc.

Choosing Cabinets Based on Price Rather Than Quality

Big chain stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards all sell very low-quality cabinets for a low price. However, these cabinets are made with particle board and MDF and often have ball bearing glides and they are not designed to last long or to look good. You’re sure to spend a lot of time around your cabinets, so be sure to choose a high-quality product.

Not Asking for Help

For a project as substantial as a kitchen remodel, it’s always a good idea to get advice from the experts. While most consumers have pretty limited experience with kitchen remodels, the experts know all the ins and outs of the industry and can give you some great tips, whether you have questions about design, cost, or quality.