Super-Practical Things to Remember When Planning Your Kitchen

Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Here are some practical things to remember!


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Planning a kitchen remodel? Or maybe you’re building your dream house from scratch? Either way, planning a kitchen might be the most difficult task of all, since it is a room that is used daily by a lot of people. There are a million little things to think about and you certainly don’t want to realize you’ve overlooked something once it’s halfway done. So, what are things you should be keeping in mind to make sure your kitchen is as practical as they come?

Give Yourself Enough Room

The best tip anyone can offer is to mark, step by step, an average day in the household. How many people are there at the same time? Is there a designated cooking space and a separate dining space? How are your storage spaces arranged and how deep are they? All of this will give you a clearer idea of how much space you should leave in your kitchen. You should be able to comfortably walk through the kitchen, or if it is a bigger family with many people living there, you want enough space for two people to be able to pass each other.

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All of your cupboard doors and drawers should be able to open fully, as well as your dishwasher. Ideally, you will have enough space to stand in front of the dishwasher when it’s opened. Having enough space is not only a matter of comfort, but also a matter of safety, because bumping into or tripping over something can cause serious accidents.

Use the Dead Space

Sometimes we get furniture that doesn’t exactly match up to the space we have, resulting in so-called “dead space”, the couple of decimeters from the cabinet to the wall, a corner surrounded by cupboards and similar. But this space can not only be filled, but it can be those few extra shelves you need.

If you have a tall, narrow space, you can get custom made shelves on wheels that you can use to store cereal, spices, jars or anything else that you can fit in such a narrow space. And if it’s a corner you can’t use, then consider getting a corner cupboard with a rotating base, so that you can spin it and reach everything that is inside without digging. A blank wall in front of counter space can be filled with shelves, or with a peg-board for hanging utensils, pots and pans.

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Think Ahead of the Mess

Every kitchen’s biggest enemy is the mess that inevitably accumulates. But, there are some things that you can do to prepare for it. For starters, you can buy all-surface cleaning wipes, or make your own with a solution of vinegar, dish soap and toilet paper. Place them in an open space, such as the counter, and teach everyone in the household to use them every time they do something in the kitchen. Also, you can go a step further and equip your kitchen with the smudge-proof Frigidaire appliances. That way, all cleanups will be easy, even the big, monthly scrub-downs.

Compartmentalize and Label

This is especially useful after a reorganization of the kitchen, when nobody knows where to look for something they need. Put everything into boxes, label it and then put that into bigger, labeled boxes. Try to organize your kitchen following your needs. So, the cooking utensils should be near the stove, the dishes near the dining table or the washing machine and baking appliances near the counter.

Make sure that your kitchen is a safe space, especially for children, by installing drawer and door breakers, placing corner bumpers and having fail-safes for all electrical appliances. Remember that just because you saw a beautiful kitchen at your friend’s house, or in a magazine, that doesn’t mean that layout will work for you, so make something that you will be comfortable in.

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Decorating Your Condo on A Tight Budget

Make your condo look designer-decorated even on a tight budget with some of our easy decorating ideas and inspiration!

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You sure have seen some top-notch condo designs in magazines and on television, and most of these designs look so impressive that you would begin to think a lot of money was spent to bring them to life.

However, giving your condo a look with that extra sauce to make it look expensive does not have to cost you a lot of money. Take a look at these ways to make your condo look better without breaking the bank!

Add Color to Your Condo

If the condo you want to decorate has a plain color, you can enhance the look by introducing another color to be used as a motif all through the condo. The point here is not making the whole condo look bland, spice it up by making it colorful using a variety of colors.

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Create Room Without Tearing Down Walls

Thinking of creating more space? You do not have to go about tearing down walls. This would cost you a lot of money on the wall you already broke down will have to be rebuilt. Instead, try and create as much room as possible in which you can move around. Push your cushions against the wall so you can have more space around the center. If you have a low ceiling, use lighting that does not hang low.

Make Your Living Room Cozy

To give a sophisticated impression, make your living room cozier by adding and arranging some coffee table books on your table. As mentioned in this DIY home decorating idea blog post, bookshelves offer space for storage. Since bookshelves can be set up on walls, you can save some extra space as well. There are a lot of book or garage sales where you can scout out coffee table books.

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Hang up Works of Art

If you are a gifted artist or graphics designer, decorate your condo with your works into frames and proudly hang them like you own a gallery. For a modernistic feel in your condo, we suggest printing photos in black and white, put them into frames and display those on a shelf. This makes for a simplistic design and you should probably use frames with the same color to achieve some harmony and a color balance inside the room.

Shop Online for Furniture and Accessories

To save more money, shop for your furniture and accessory in supply stores and shopping malls. You can also check second-hand stores to save more money but make sure that you do not compromise on quality while trying to save money. Checking out thrift stores is another great option to get great decorating items without spending too much money.

We hope that our suggestions have helped you start decorating your condo. Sometimes, it’s difficult to manage your finances and we abandon our efforts in decorating. Here’s our suggestion: list down your cheap finds and look for a personal loan with low interest rate to help finance your decorating plans. That way, you won’t need to wait for another payday to save up and end up delaying your plans all over again. Have a great time decorating!

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