Although aesthetics are the first thing you notice in a new kitchen, stunning looks can’t compensate for a space which is inefficient and awkward to use. For this reason, it’s important that functionality is at the forefront of your mind during the design process so that you have a space which allows you to complete tasks easily and safely. As experts in customised kitchens in Perth, we’re here to share how you can incorporate optimal functionality into your new kitchen design.

Optimise your layout

The layout of your kitchen is one of the first things you need to establish in your design—a well planned layout is the key to an efficient work space. The work triangle is a popular feature in kitchen layouts, based on the concept that there should be equal distance between the cooktop, sink and fridge. Modern kitchens can incorporate different work zones which can be utilised for various different tasks, such as baking or tea and coffee making.

Consider lighting options

Gone are the days where you installed a single fluorescent light in the kitchen to meet your lighting needs. Instead, there are a range of functional lighting options to increase the useability of your space. Ambient light will help set the overall mood, and dimmers are a great way to adjust the brightness. You also incorporate task lighting beneath cabinetry or over benchtops to make food preparation easier.

Invest in appropriate appliances

During the design process of the kitchen, think about the appliances that need to be incorporated into the space so you can go for options which suit your needs. For example, if you entertain regularly, a larger oven is a good idea. For big families, a double fridge can be a practical choice. The last thing you need is to realise too late that the appliances in your new kitchen aren’t up to the job.

Opt for hardwearing benchtops

Our benchtops get a real workout, so you need to be smart about the material you choose. While having a lot of bench space is a smart (and functional!) feature, you also need to be confident that they’ll last the distance. For example, stone benchtop options are hardwearing and stand up to heat and scratches.

Maximise storage options

Yes, we’ve spoken about this one before, but you can never have enough storage! Make use of the space you have by making sure you have a large enough pantry and pull-out storage. Overhead space can also be utilised, with cabinets which extend to the ceiling, or open shelving.

The Maker are Western Australia’s leading kitchen designer and manufacturer, with a passion for creating customised kitchens. Our designers will meet with you to develop the perfect balance between form and functionality. With our superior craftmanship and exceptional customer service, you’ll have an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

For custom kitchen designs in Perth, contact The Maker today on 1300 270 000 and make an appointment to visit our extensive showrooms.

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