How to design functional and modern kitchens
With the pandemic, the importance of comfort and the time we spend at home has become clear. With this, a new paradigm has arrived in which we tirelessly seek to make the home a practical and functional space. Now we care more about the use of every square meter and, in addition, we put all our experience and creativity to create spaces where comfort and practicality shine with their own light.
In today’s article we will explain how to design functional kitchens, that is, what aspects should be taken into account for their creation, use and enjoyment with the whole family. We will take the opportunity to list the key factors to take into account to furnish a modern kitchen and we will make a small tour of the best distribution of appliances in the kitchen. All this, without neglecting the perfect balance between aesthetics, functionality and comfort.
Modern and functional kitchens according to space
For many customers, the most important thing is to design a multifunctional kitchen. To be able to enjoy a place to cook, eat with family or friends and have storage space is certainly a luxury. And, certainly, this aspect can be achieved whether your kitchen is large or small.
Bars or islands help in many kitchen projects to solve two aspects derived from the use of space. On the one hand, with these elements you can get a perfect eating area. At the same time, they allow to place drawers or shelves with doors at the bottom of the bar or kitchen island and become a storage solution.
When we have a large room, the available space becomes our great ally. What is usually done when you have ample space is to opt for the design of functional kitchens with central island. In addition, in most cases the area is usually complemented with large appliances and a spacious countertop with sink and cooking area included.
The concept of the work triangle
In Molins Design we work our projects of modern kitchens under the umbrella of the work triangle; a working method used to make these spaces of the home much more practical and functional.
To do this, we have to imagine an example of a kitchen with a central island and large dimensions. Having this design in our mind, what we do in Molins Design is to arrange a first work triangle that interrelates the cooking area, the sink located on the island and the refrigerator.
Secondly, we draw a second triangle in which we arrange the microwave and the oven in relation to the work table or island and the freezer.
At this point, it is very important to know how we do our daily tasks in the kitchen. All this, to arrange in the best way the furniture and appliances in the cooking area.
How to install kitchen furniture?
One of the key factors to consider for the location of your kitchen furniture is its accessibility. In addition to the type of material and its suitability to the space, something very important is to know at what height should be located drawers and shelves in your kitchen. These factors will determine the functionality of your kitchen and will make this space practical and easy to use.
One of our favorite designs are the column units, which allow you to place functional, elegant and large-format storage equipment. Thanks to its aesthetics, this type of furniture blends completely with the wall and acquires a homogeneous decoration and a greater sense of spaciousness.
How to organize appliances in the kitchen?
The ideal is to have a distribution that facilitates us to do our daily tasks quickly and easily. Therefore, and depending on the height of each user, it is key to determine the height at which to locate the microwave or oven, as well as the refrigerator or fridge. In addition, we must take into account that each and every one of the appliances in our kitchen combine and are perfectly integrated with the interior design of the project.
Knowing whether the user is right-handed or left-handed will also determine the best distribution of appliances in the kitchen. For example, refrigerator or freezer doors can open both ways. So, when the time comes, it will be vital to decide in which direction we want them to open to make it easy and practical for us to use them in our daily lives.
We hope these tips and tricks will help you choose the right furniture and appliances for your kitchen. We recommend that you also take a look at the 6 basic elements of a kitchen; those on-trend accessories and utensils that cannot be missing in this important space of the home.
When designing a practical and functional kitchen, different aspects must be taken into account. The circulation of movement in the kitchen, how to plan the distribution triangle, the finishes and finishes that the furniture should have. A whole series of factors and important decisions that will mark the design and creation process of this important room.
18 November 2021
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