11 Kitchen Remodeling Tips

A kitchen is more than just a stunning backsplash and gorgeous cabinets. Integrate these thoughtful tips when planning your kitchen remodel for a space that is functional and easy to work and live in.

Eliminate Wasted Steps

Think about how and where you use kitchen items. Store breakfast foods and bowls near the breakfast table. Keep wraps and plastic containers in one handy spot near a work surface for wrapping leftovers. Locate dishware and flatware near the dishwasher to ease the process of unloading.

Eliminate Wasted Steps

Design Wide Walkways

Paths throughout a kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Paths within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration. When planning, adjust kitchen islands and peninsulas accordingly.

Design Wide Walkways

Direct Traffic

For kid-friendly kitchen designs, keep the cooktop out of traffic areas so children don’t catch handles and cause spills when running through. Also, make the refrigerator accessible to both passersby and people working in cooking and cleanup areas.

Direct Traffic

Find the Right Height for the Microwave

The best height and location for a microwave oven depends on the chef and the degree of kid-friendliness desired in the kitchen. For adults, 15 inches above countertop level is a good microwave height. For kids, a below-countertop setup might be safer and more suitable.

Find the Right Height for the Microwave

Stay Clear of Corners

To make cabinet and appliance doors fully functional, plan space for the door’s clearance and swing direction in your kitchen design. Keep appliances away from corners, and make sure doors won’t bang into each other if open at the same time.

Stay Clear of Corners

Determine the Island’s Function

When it comes to kitchen islands, form follows function. If you want to cook and eat on kitchen islands, plan enough space so the cooktop is safely separated from the dining area.

Determine the Island's Function

Plan Landing Space

When designing your kitchen, allow 15 inches of countertop on each side of a cooktop and refrigerator. Landing space is also important near the microwave.

Plan Landing Space

Consider the Countertops

Those who cook frequently require more counter space — ideally between the range and sink — than those who cook infrequently or who prepare simple meals. Incorporating two countertop heights makes baking easy and helps kids who are involved in meal preparation.

Consider the Countertops

Double Up

A second microwave oven and a mini refrigerator or refrigerator drawer positioned at the edge of the kitchen work center can keep guests and family members in the kitchen but out of the cook’s way. A bar with stools doubles as an after-school spot for kids and as a gathering spot for dinner guests.

Double Up

Arrange the Range

Place a shelf beside or behind the range to keep cooking oils, utensils, and spices handy. Place S hooks on the side of the range hood to hang frequently used pots and pans.

Arrange the Range

Cut Cleaning Time

Careful design decisions make cleaning easy. Glass refrigerator shelves catch spills that wire shelves let through. Flush-set or undermount sinks don’t have a crumb-catching rim to worry about. Matte finishes don’t show dirt as much as glossy ones do.

Cut Cleaning Time
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6 thoughts on “11 Kitchen Remodeling Tips

  1. I am so glad that I was able to find this! My wife and I have been wanting to do some renovations to our kitchen for a while now, but we are stuck on the kind of cabinets we would like. I love these glass ones that are in this first picture. How much do you think they would cost?

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  2. I like what you said about the countertop space. My kitchen doesn’t have much counter space, but I love cooking. It’s frustrating not having enough room to do what I want, so that is definitely something I will consider during my remodel. Thanks for sharing, I will keep these tips in mind!

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  3. These pictures are great inspiration for my kitchen remodel. The most important part is the planning and being sure that the kitchen flows properly for your needs. Thanks so much for sharing!

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