How to create a kitchen for extreme functionality

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Creating a modern kitchen that’s both functional and user-friendly is key to any design. While the right décor, style and finishes go a long way; it’s the layout and user-friendly features that make the real difference to homeowners. From the optimal layout to multi-purpose furniture, we’ll tell you exactly how to create the dream functional kitchen in today’s blog.

The work triangle

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The work triangle is essentially the placement of the sink, hob and refrigerator – making sure they’re close enough to each other to ensure efficiency. From this, all related appliances and furniture are placed in their proper zones – for example, the dishwasher near the sink, and the microwave and toaster within the same area as the hob.

Those with larger kitchens can begin to think outside of the work triangle too by zoning the kitchen for task-specific areas. This way your kitchen will set up a series of mini-work triangles for you to work from, rather than just one big work triangle.

Functional furniture

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At Kitchen Design Centre we pride ourselves on installing furniture that not only looks great, but is multi-purpose too. Take our kitchen islands for example – they add a stunning focal point to your kitchen space while offering optimum functionality. You can use one as a breakfast bar, take advantage of its storage space and use the worktop for food prep.

It’s not just the kitchen island that’s functional though. Many kitchen furniture items are now being designed with lots of built-ins and little nooks – such as knife blocks built into drawers and magic corner storage in cupboards.

Proper lighting

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You’d be surprised to find out how many homeowners struggle to make the most of their kitchen space due to poor lighting. Limited lighting in food-prep areas results in chefs having to prep elsewhere, while a super-bright main space doesn’t exactly make for enjoyable dining. Rather than opting for one type of lighting, you need to layer and blend four. By using all four across your kitchen design you’ll be able to complete food prep, create that dining ambience, add those interesting accents and bring a decorative touch to your room.

Modern appliances

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Spending your time and energy on appliances that either aren’t up to scratch, or fail to combine functions is a waste of time. With high-end kitchen gadgetry, from Neff, you won’t have to worry about a thing as your new appliances do all the hard work for you. Neff’s all-in-one units combine convention and microwave oven uses, while add-ons, like the Slide & Hide, keep food warm while you’re getting on with entertaining or cooking other courses.

To find out how to add extreme functionality to your kitchen, why not pay us a visit today? You can find our showroom locations over on our contact page.

Do you have any tips for kitchen functionality? If so, leave them in the comments below or tweet your top tips to us @ModernKitchens

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