Top 5 Biggest Kitchen Mistakes
Getting a new kitchen is exciting, and one of the best investments you can make in order to add value to your home. But it’s important to stay focused and not get carried away if you want to get it right, as getting it wrong can prove very costly and time-consuming. Here are some of the biggest mistakes we’ve had to correct in kitchens in Liverpool!
1. Getting the measurements wrong
We all love that feeling of ordering shiny new things for the kitchen – but will they all fit? Before you spend days browsing different tiles or choosing your dream kitchen worktops, it’s essential to get the basics right – and that starts with your measurements.
When you’re measuring your kitchen, there’s no room for guesswork – you have to be absolutely precise, as this is the only way you’ll be able to work out how much space you have to play with in your design. Otherwise you could end up wasting a lot of time and money having to return cabinets that don’t fit, or choosing appliances that are too large for your kitchen.
2. Not planning the layout properly
It’s easy to concentrate too heavily on the aesthetics when you’re planning your question, instead of remembering that this is a working room that has to function on a daily basis. Good design and planning are absolutely key if your kitchen is going to work in a practical way.
Think about how you and those you share your home with use the kitchen. How much workspace do you need?
What’s the ideal layout for the room? The idea is to make the most of the space while ensuring everything can function as it should – you should have work surfaces as close as possible to the cooker to prevent the risk of spillages, and remember that doors and drawers need to open, so don’t position anything in a way that could prevent there being enough room for this.
3. Choosing the cheapest options
We’ve all had our heads turned by displays at the DIY store – somehow they make cheap flat-pack kitchens look fabulous! But choosing these options could actually cost you more money in the longer term, as they tend to be made from cheap, flimsy materials.
It may not be long before you find yourself back at the retail outlet because handles have come off, or a cabinet has bowed under the weight of your crockery and detached itself from the wall.
4. Forgetting about safety
The kitchen is a room with a lot of potential hazards, and you really can’t afford for anything to go wrong. This is why it’s essential to make it a safe and hygienic environment, especially if you have children.
Marble and slate floors may look wonderful, but they have the double danger of being extremely hard as well as treacherously slippery. They’re not always a practical choice in a kitchen, especially now that there are softer, non-slip vinyl alternatives which look almost identical to the real thing.
Additionally, porous materials are not ideal choices for tiles and work surfaces. They’ll stain quickly, be almost impossible to clean, and they can also harbour germs, which can be hazardous to health.
5. Buying something you don’t really like
Before you choose your kitchen, ask yourself – “Do I actually love it?” Your kitchen is a big investment, so there’s a high probability you’ll be living with it for many years to come. Some people make the mistake of choosing the kitchen they think is the most on-trend, or that will impress their friends, rather than the option they really want for themselves.
Remember, it’s the heart of your home – it should be a place where you love to relax and spend time with family and friends, and it should reflect who you are rather than what the magazines say is hot this year.
If you’re not sure what you want or how to plan your new kitchen, why not contact us and consult a professional designer? HB Kitchens has been creating beautiful bespoke fitted kitchens in Liverpool for many years, and our friendly team are always happy to offer a consultation.