20 Tips for a Better Kitchen


Today’s kitchens are often the heart of the home. Therefore, careful planning is needed to ensure a kitchen that is both exquisite and highly functional. Here, brought to you by Complete Joinery Solutions, a local kitchen fitter in Newcastle you will find some great ideas and tips on how to design your new kitchen space.



  1. Remove wasted steps. Before anything else consider how and where you use the items in your kitchen. Breakfast foods and bowls should be kept close to the breakfast table for ease of use. Keep wraps and containers in one area near the working surface for wrapping foods and leftovers. Dishes and flatware ought to be stored near the sink and dishwasher for easy unloading.


  1. Design wide walkways. Paths within a kitchen need to be a minimum of 36 inches wide. Paths in the cooking zone need to be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration. When planning, adjust kitchen islands and peninsulas properly.


  1. Consider kitchen traffic. For kid-friendly kitchen designs, Make sure the cooktop is kept away from the traffic areas so adults and children alike arent likely to catch handles and cause dangerous spills when passing through.


  1. Stay clear of corners. To make cabinet and appliance doors completely functional, plan space for the door’s clearance and swing direction in your kitchen design. Appliances ought to always be kept away from corners and do ensure doors don’t swing into one another when opened at the same time


  1. Choose the best height for the microwave. This will vary based on the chef and the general kid character of the area. For adults, 15 inches above countertop level is a good microwave height. For children, a below-countertop setup may be safer and a lot more suitable.


  1. Consider the kitchen Islands function. When it comes to kitchen islands, form follows function. If the family will be cooking and eating on the island ensure you plan for enough space between the cooktop and the dining surface.


  1. Prepare landing space. When designing your kitchen, allow 15 inches of countertop on each side of a cooktop and freezer or fridge. Landing space is likewise important near to the microwave.


  1. Give some thought to worktops. For those who cook more you will want a good amount of work surface — ideally between your range and sink. In addition, integrating two countertop heights helps make baking easier and will help children who are involved in meal preparations.


  1. Double up. The addition of a second microwage or mini fridge at the edge of the work centre will help keep snackers out of the chef’s way. Add a snack bar with barstools for an after-school area for the kids.


  1. Arrange the range. Have a shelf fitted behind the range to keep your spices and cooking oils. Pots and pans can be hung on S hooks besides the range.


  1. Fill it up. Sick and tired of lugging pots of water from the sink to the cooker?? A swing out tap placed near the cooker could be used to fill pots with water right where you need them.


  1. Cinsider where t0 store sharp knives. You can hang your knives on a magnetic strip on the backsplash. This makes it easy to spot the right knife for a job and keeps hazardous objects out of children’s reach.


  1. Make recycling effortless. Consider having a cabinet for recycling old newspapers, food waste, glass and plastics, keeping each container separate from the other results in hassle-free recycling.


  1. Think short. Have a shelf or drawer full of the kids favourite snacks in a place they can easily reach.


  1. Add a message center. Create a message center next to the kitchen phone. Place a bulletin board, blackboard, or whiteboard on the wall, and store a diary, notebook, and writing utensils in a near by drawer.


  1. Plug it in. Power sockets can be installed along the backsplash and the kitchen island so you have enough power points wherever you need them.


  1. Cut cleaning time. Consideration of cleaning when designing will make your cleaning life much simpler in the long run. Glass shelves in the fridge as an example catch the spills which wire shelves would let through to the shelves and food stuffs beneath. Flush-set or undermount sinks don’t have a crumb-catching rim to worry about. Glossy finishes show more dirt than Matte.


  1. Break up cabinetry blocks. Avoid boring, heavy blocks of doors and drawers with the addition of intriguing details including glass doors and display shelves. Or try wine storage or windows.


  1. Use light colors in a small kitchen. Dark colours tend to make a space less inviting then light colours and can shrink an already small space. Use soft shades on kitchen cabinets and natural light to visually expand a smaller room.


  1. Give the new space a focal point. Splashy tile, fancy floors, sizable range hoods, bright cabinets, and busy counter patterns give the eye a lot of to look at. Pick one focal point in your kitchen design and complement that space with some other more subtle, eye-catching characteristics.



Complete Joinery Solutions is a Check a Trade approved Newcastle Joinery Company with an exceptional online reputation spanning over 10 years. The owner is an avid blogger and regularly shares useful tips and advice through their website.