If you’re simply not happy with how your kitchen functions, then a renovation may well be the best option that you have to better shape it to your needs. However, when you’re considering what renovations to make, you also need to consider the size and shape of the room itself. There are limits as to what you can do. But what can you do? Here are a few ideas to consider.
How to make the best use of your kitchen
Handle clutter better
How much of the space used in your kitchen is actually used by essentials such as fixtures and appliances, and how much it is used by clutter? The items that you have standing out might not be unimportant to your daily life, but they could be counterproductive if they’re left standing on the counter. Renovating to add things like vertical storage can help you deal with clutter much more effectively. Find a space for everything so that your counters are left as clear as possible so that you have more space to actually work with, rather than feeling boxed in by your kitchen.
Fit your fixtures to your space
One of the problems when it comes to renovating your fixtures is that it can be tough to find them in the size that best fits your kitchen. Expensive options like quartz tend to be custom-made to fit, but there are other options if you’re not looking to pay that much. With bespoke carpentry services, you can create fixtures, such as drawers and countertops, specific to the space that you have. Whether you need larger fixtures for a larger space or you want to save as much space as possible, going with custom-fitted is usually the wisest course of action.
Build in your appliances
If you’re worried that you don’t have a lot of room for your appliances, then you should look at when you can save some space. Built-in appliances can make a lot more sense than freestanding ones. Appliances like dishwashers are coming with a wide range of things like drawer depths and cavity sizes to make them better suited to kitchens where saving space while providing utility is a priority.
A single overhead light in a kitchen is not enough. Consider different ways of using additional lighting to brighten up every corner of the room. Recessed lights across the ceiling and multi-arms ceiling lights can help to illuminate the entire kitchen. You can also consider individual lights beneath cabinets to light up countertops. You can even put lights in cupboards. Sites like Lumier have a range of lighting solutions to choose from.
Open up some room
You might not have quite as little space in your kitchen as you think. It may be a matter of simply opening things up. For instance, if you have a kitchen island, could it be worth taking the time to remove it, if it doesn’t add much in the way of functionality? A lot of people extend their kitchen by knocking down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room or hallway or living room. Open-plan living can be a lot more convenient, so take a look at your floor to see if it’s worth having a deeper think about.
Beyond the tips above, there is always the option of giving your kitchen more space, to begin with. An extension can go a long way to addressing the problems your kitchen currently faces. Of course, how feasible that option is will depend on a range of factors.