Renovating your kitchen is an immense project that requires a lot of planning and research. Ensure to avoid these 8 common kitchen design mistakes to create the kitchen of your dreams that you will continue to love for many years to come.

  1. Poor Ventilation

Ventilation is an important part of cooking as it creates a safe cooking environment. Ensure you have a quality range hood exhaust installed to stop food splattering and improve the air quality, especially if you have a small kitchen or it opens up to your living area or family room. Ideally your range hood should be ducted so that the air is expelled outside the house entirely.

  1. Not Allowing Enough Space for Door Openings

Narrow aisles, inconvenient door openings and two cabinets that can’t be open at the same time will prevent you from cooking efficiently. Remember to allow space between each bench top area for opening cabinets, drawers and appliances and make sure you can move comfortably around the kitchen.

  1. Skimping on Bench Top Space

A common complaint in kitchen design is the lack of bench top space, as the majority of activities in the kitchen require a bench top. If space allows, consider adding an island as this will also increase storage space.

  1. Ignoring the Kitchen Work Triangle

In an efficient kitchen design, the sink, stove and refrigerator are linked as a work triangle. Carefully plan your kitchen triangle and ensure you have easy access to these high-traffic areas.

  1. Inadequate Lighting Variations

Your kitchen needs a combination of light sources – general illumination, task lighting for workspaces and cook tops as well as accent lighting to create ambience including dimmable lighting above dining areas.

  1. Not Having a Bin System

Plan for trash management and carefully consider the placement of your bin system. Remember to include a recycling section to sort your trash efficiently. Kitchen professionals that custom make cabinets and drawers can create an integrated pull-out drawer system for separation of your trash.

  1. Giving up Electrical Outlets

Don’t underestimate the amount of power points you will need in the kitchen. Add multiple outlets along your kitchen splashback and inside your appliance cabinets and drawers so you will have access to electricity whenever you need it.

  1. Doing it All Yourself

If you think taking on a kitchen renovation project yourself will save money, it can actually do the opposite and waste money and time in the long run. Hiring a professional kitchen designer is a vital process when remodelling as their quality of workmanship will mean your kitchen will last longer and add significant value to your home. Professional kitchen designers like Harrington Kitchens will identify your needs and create an efficient kitchen design plan that fits your taste and budget.

If you’re looking to transform your kitchen, the team of expert designers at Harrington Kitchens can help you create a beautiful kitchen without going over your budget. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your kitchen renovation plans.

Harrington Kitchens offers a wide variety of kitchen design and styles including:

For more information on our various kitchen designs, please visit our Gallery. Our Gallery brings together a selection of our custom kitchen designs ranging from traditional to contemporary kitchens. Each kitchen style has the flexibility to work in any home environment and can be designed to suit all tastes and budgets.

The entire Harrington Kitchens team is focused on designing kitchens that utilise premium materials and offer each and every customer the highest level of service. Harrington Kitchens partners with the best quality kitchen suppliers within the kitchen manufacturing industry and employs experienced and professional tradesmen to ensure the longevity of your custom designed kitchen.

For a free quote and free design consultation
Please contact us at Harrington Kitchens on (02) 4647 4474 or submit an online enquiryAlternatively you are welcome to visit the Harrington Kitchens Showroom at 12 Graham Hill Road Narellan NSW or 5 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong NSW.

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