Avoid These Seven Kitchen Design Mistakes

As we are just starting a brand new year, many people have made resolutions they hope to accomplish in 2023. If one of your resolutions is finally having the kitchen of your dreams, you’re in the right place.

A new design can breathe life into your kitchen and give your home a fresh feel. However, there are some mistakes that often occur with kitchen designs. Keep reading to ensure you avoid these seven common design mistakes as you proceed with your kitchen renovation.

1. Ignoring The Golden Triangle

The “Golden Triangle” almost sounds like some highly sought-after treasure in an adventure novel. But, in reality, it is just a fun nickname for a kitchen design concept, also known as the “Kitchen Triangle.”

This concept consists of arranging the oven, sink, and fridge so that the area between them creates an imaginary triangle. If done correctly, this imaginary triangle will create a good flow between these three workspaces.

The oven, sink, and fridge are the most utilized parts of a kitchen. So, having them within a reasonable distance of each other is essential. Follow the guideline below to create an ideal “Golden Triangle” in your kitchen.

Each side of the triangle (the distance between any two of the three workspaces) should measure between 4 and 9 feet. The total sum of the triangle should be no less than 13 feet and no more than 26 feet.

These sizing guidelines allow enough space to move around easily in the kitchen. If you choose to go any smaller, your kitchen will feel cramped. Going much larger will feel like a workout every time you decide to bake or cook.

While maybe not as exciting as hidden treasure, this “Golden Triangle” is invaluable to your kitchen workflow. So, when designing your new kitchen, stick to this triangular layout.

2. Lack Of Space

One of the number one complaints homeowners have about their kitchens is the size.

Think about it; the kitchen is the heart of the home. So much happens here, from preparing and eating meals to doing homework to family game nights and so much more. There needs to be enough space to accommodate all of these activities.

If feasible, adding more space is the best way to have more room in your kitchen. This could include tearing down a wall or two or adding on to your home. While actually adding more space isn’t an option for all homeowners, we think you should consider it.

If you decide that now isn’t the right time to knock down walls or add on to your home, then the next best thing is to plan a design that will allow for a less crowded space than your current kitchen.

You can also do some simple things to make your small kitchen feel more spacious, such as clearing up clutter or replacing the lighting.

3. Poor Circulation

The circulation or the ability to move around in a kitchen is important. A kitchen with poor circulation space will feel cramped and limit the number of people who can use the area at the same time.

Poor circulation space can also cause issues with things like opening cupboards and appliances and allowing others to pass by while you’re cooking.

For sufficient circulation space, the kitchen design should provide at least 4 feet of space between the countertops and the island or bar.

Kitchen islands can be a great addition to a kitchen, providing extra counter space and storage. However, if having an island will cause your circulation space to be less than sufficient, you may want to remove that from your design.

4. Not Enough Storage

Another design mistake relating to size is the amount of storage space available. Inadequate storage space can lead to cluttered counters, which make your kitchen seem smaller than it is.

The perfect kitchen design will have ample storage for your dishes, small appliances, containers, canned food, etc. But storage in a kitchen doesn’t have to be limited to cupboards and the pantry.

Other storage options include an overhead pot rack, wall hooks, open shelves, a magnetic knife strip, or small nooks. These options add storage and can help with the overall look of the space.

5. Wrong Sized Appliances

Imagine this: the day has come for your new appliances to be installed. However, upon installation, you realize those beautiful new appliances don’t fit. This is incredibly frustrating.

Not only do you have to decide on different appliances, but you have to return the ones that don’t fit. And taking back appliances is a bit more work than taking back a t-shirt.

To avoid this, remember your dad’s advice to “measure twice and cut once.” You can apply a similar rule here: measure twice (or three times) and order once.

6. Poor Lighting

Proper lighting in a kitchen is not only great for the overall ambiance of the space, but it is also crucial for safety. Seeing what you are chopping can help save your fingers from unfortunate accidents.

General illumination lights are great, but they often aren’t sufficient. Opt for adding some task lights above the island or some lighting underneath the cabinets.

7. Not Getting Professional Help

The final and most important kitchen design mistake we are going to address is not consulting a professional.

Designing a kitchen can be overwhelming, and mistakes are more likely to be made without the proper skills. Save yourself some stress and hire a professional.

If you live in the Austin area, give our top-notch experts a call. They’ll work with you through every step of your kitchen renovation. Before you know it, the kitchen of your dreams will be a reality, and you can finally check this New Year’s resolution off your list.