What Should You Know About Kitchen Appliances?
At some point in their life, everyone has stood in their kitchen and thought that they could get more out of their kitchen appliances and overall setup. No one wants to be bumping their way around the kitchen while reaching around large appliances. On the flipside, small appliances can sometimes be frustrating as well if they don’t do their job properly, so how is someone supposed to know what kind of major appliances to get for their kitchen?
Fitting new kitchen appliances into your kitchen area can become a nightmare if you’ve never done the research to figure out what type of setup you’re looking for. Walking into a kitchen with appliances scattered in each and every direction can cause you to feel flustered and annoyed, and that isn’t something you want to feel after you just get home from a long day of work.
If you have a small kitchen, it can be difficult to fit in all of the kitchen appliances properly. Even if you have a large kitchen, you might have too many kitchen appliances that just don’t look right. There are a number of factors to keep in mind when you’re thinking about kitchen appliances, and sitting back and doing some research into it can go a long way in ensuring your kitchen will look much better.
Large Kitchen Appliances
Large kitchen appliances typically consist of your stove, fridge, and your dishwasher. Some people like to place the dishwasher beside the stove, but a lot of it boils down to personal preference in how you end up arranging things.
Figure Out Your Kitchen Zones
Having a neat and organized kitchen will increase how effectively you’re able to cook, clean, and maneuver yourself around, and that’s exactly why you should be setting up your kitchen into specific zones.
- Food storage zone
- Food prep zone
- Pots and pans zone
- Cleaning and disposal zone
- Cutlery/China zone
When you separate your kitchen into specific zones, you’ll be able to situate your large appliances in certain areas much more efficiently. Many people like to situate their stoves in the food prep zone. Integrated appliances can also really help you with your zones and increase organization throughout your kitchen. Built-in appliances increase the room and counter space you’ll have, and that means more room to cook food and store things on the countertops.
Some people like to get a cooktop and a wall oven that will have cabinets surrounding each side. Your kitchen zone will all boil down to your personal style and what you want out of your kitchen. After you’re done organizing the large appliances in your kitchen, you can start working on the smaller appliances.
For those that are newly renovating a kitchen, you’ll want to keep the working triangle in mind when you’re doing that. A kitchen working triangle consists of the three main functions of your kitchen:
- The stove
- The refrigerator
- The sink
When you set your kitchen up with a proper working triangle, you won’t be moving around as much when you’re cooking or baking things. It increases the overall functionality of your kitchen and will go a long way in reducing headaches and frustration while navigating around. Another thing to keep in mind is the sizes of appliances in your kitchen. If you get appliances that are way too small, then that could get annoying. If the appliances are too large, then you might run out of kitchen space very fast.
When thinking about your kitchen appliances, you’ll have to carefully consider what you want out of them. If you have a lot of people all of the time, then going with larger ones makes more sense to you. If you’re the type of person that only has coffee once a week, then you don’t have to be investing in a massive coffee maker that will take up an entire corner of your counter space.
Small Kitchen Appliances
After you’ve figured out where the larger kitchen appliances are going to be situated, you can begin thinking about where you’ll put the smaller ones, while keeping the kitchen zones in mind. Putting your smaller kitchen appliances in the right places will go a long way in ensuring the overall functionality of your kitchen. If you barely ever use your mixer, you typically won’t want to be putting that in the spot where your microwave is located if you’re using that multiple times a day. If you haven’t used an appliance in the past year, then you might want to consider selling it or storing it in a place that doesn’t take up much room.
Many people’s kitchens tend to get cluttered with many different appliances that they barely use over time. If you find yourself in this situation, you might want to consider putting the smaller, barely-used appliances into your cabinets. Not everyone uses a blender every single day, and a blender is a product that can sometimes take up quite a large amount of counter space. Consider putting your blender in the cabinet and only pull it out when you’re going to be using it.
The blender being in the cabinet means it’s still right in the kitchen, and still not clogging up much-needed counter space. Keeping your cabinets organized will prevent you from thinking that it will turn into a hassle every time you want to be using certain products that are in the cabinets.
How Do You Make Use Of Kitchen Cabinets?
Sometimes cabinets can also get extremely cluttered and full of things that you don’t ever use. If that happens to you, you might want to think about getting some additional shelving in the cabinets. Extra shelving is usually never a bad thing, and the more shelves you get means the more room you have to store things. Lots of people enjoy rolling shelves because you can situate them in many different places. Rolling shelves are also flexible in terms of their height.
If you get a rolling shelf that has a solid top, you’ll reap the benefits of additional counter space that can be used when you’re preparing meals. It can be used as a chopping board to cut vegetables, meats, and any other food products. After you’re done using it, all you have to do is move it over to your stove to transport your food where you’ll then place it into the pot.
Making use of an appliance garage is another thing that can be used to increase the functionality of your kitchen. It will lower the amount of clutter all over your counter and also give you the ability to use your appliances whenever you need them by just opening the door of the appliance garage.
Pantry cupboards are extremely handy for baking supplies and many other things. Some people use a pantry to store appliances, and that can go a long way in increasing your counter space and making more room available in your kitchen. Using your pantry space for kitchen appliances is perfect for the appliances that you seldom use. Setting up your kitchen in a way that you don’t have to move much will go a long way in increasing your happiness and comfort levels with it.
If you want to clear up some space on your counters, getting a hanging microwave is another option to consider. Not only will a hanging microwave give you more counter space for other kitchen appliances, but it can also increase the overall aesthetics of your kitchen. Putting a hanging microwave close to the stove will prevent you from moving around too much while cooking certain dishes.
When it comes to anything in the kitchen, the design of it is probably the most important thing. No amount of shifting appliances around and putting appliances in cabinets will help if the design of your kitchen is outdated and over used.
Classic Kitchen Designs can help you redesign your kitchen in a way that will have you smiling every time you go to cook something in it.