Designing a kitchen is a very personal thing; while our living rooms and bedrooms all look pretty similar, our kitchens can – and should – vary massively from one to the next. When you’re designing your perfect kitchen, it’s important to think about how you use your kitchen, and what features will bring the best out of you while you’re in it.

Firstly, you should think about how to divvy up the space you’ve got in your kitchen. More worktop space means more room for counter top appliances – and if you’re a keen user of slow cookers, blenders, bread makers, sandwich grills, or other such gadgets, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of space for them on your counters. Unless you’re working in a very small space, leaving appliances you use regularly out cuts down on hassle and makes cooking with them that much less stressful.

If you like to stock up on store cupboard ingredients, consider your storage space. If you like to have months’ worth of tinned and dry food in the cupboards for a rainy day, you should consider planning your cupboards with plenty of room set aside for food. How best to access it – via cupboard doors, or drawers – will depend on the type of food you’re storing and what you find most comfortable, too.

It’s also worth thinking about the layout of the kitchen in relation to how you’re going to use it. For example, if you cook with a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, you’re probably going to be making that trek from the fridge to the sink to wash them a lot; consider putting the fridge and the sink close together or opposite each other, to cut down on traipsing time.

Of course, there’s lots more to think about when it comes to putting together your perfect kitchen, but hopefully we’ve got you considering how you’re going to use your space, and the best ways to take advantage of it.

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