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How to Plan the Perfect Pantry

It’s no secret that modern homes are placing an increasing emphasis on the kitchen.  Dining rooms are fading into history, and the kitchen is taking over, serving the dual purpose that both rooms once held. Kitchens are becoming enlarged and there is a greater importance placed on their sense of luxury and sophistication. The kitchen is now being examined as a multi-purposeful space where families and guests can spend their time. Some features of this new emphasis on the kitchen include carefully constructed designs and kitchen appliances that are made to accentuate the rest of the kitchen. Kitchens are being made larger because there is no longer the need for a dining room, and now that space can be designated to the kitchen. One aspect of these enlarged kitchens is the walk-in pantry.  Walk-in pantries are somewhat common for luxury kitchens and are not necessarily a new phenomenon, but what’s new is that they are now becoming commonplace in contemporary homes and even in some apartment buildings.

If you’re doing a kitchen remodel, or perhaps designing your first kitchen, we have provided some examples of the hottest kitchen pantries we’ve found. Some of these pantries require more room to work with, but we’ve also included a few smaller pantry designs for those kitchens that weren’t gifted with space and may not be looking to do a full remodel.

Decide on Your Pantry
It may sound simple, but deciding on the outline for your pantry is definitely the most important place to start. While kitchen pantries may sound relatively simple and similar, they can actually be quite different from kitchen to kitchen. What will be stored in your pantry? Do you want the pantry to enclose the fridge? What is the desired height for your pantry? What will the dimensions be? Will there be countertops or cabinets? These are just a few of the things to be considered when planning for your pantry. It’s important that you make the decisions before you start building, and with consideration to the rest of your kitchen in mind. What is the function of your pantry and how will it accentuate the rest of your kitchen? Let’s get planning!
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Try to Blend the Pantry
The best walk-in pantries don’t make a huge fuss, and they aren’t immediately obvious, either. While walk-in pantries certainly feel luxurious, and you might be tempted to show it off, it’s one of those things that can start to feel like its in the way after some time. The best way to indulge a walk-in pantry is to blend it with existing cabinetry, so that you have the additional space without feeling like there’s a small room within your kitchen that is just taking up space and making the kitchen feel smaller. Guests will marvel at the spacious room behind what they assumed was just a simple cabinet, when the pantry is blended the right way.

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Create Accessibility
One thing that can dampen the aesthetic and organizational value of a walk-in pantry is difficult accessibility. If you have to squeeze between the island and the countertop to get to the pantry, the pantry door doesn’t open all the way because something is in its way, or the pantry is simply inconveniently located from the area in which the food will actually be prepped or cooked, the pantry may become more of a hassle than a convenience. If you are (re)modeling your kitchen area, make sure the pantry will be in a place that is convenient to store food and walk back and forth to put away groceries or gather the needed items for dinner. Just as regular kitchen cabinets are disbursed throughout the kitchen, so the pantry should feel like an extension of the kitchen rather than its own separate space.

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When You Don’t Have Space to Walk-In
So, what do you if you don’t have space to build out the kitchen for a walk-in pantry or you simply can’t afford to do a full remodel at this time? Pantries can still be inverted to provide more space than the typical cabinet, and you can also purchase stand-alone pantries for additional food storage. However, if you can invert the pantry even by a few inches, it could add to your overall sense of space and provide a quaint little storage area.

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Otherwise, you can find some large, practical, and elegant stand-alone pantries that will do the trick, and create an ultimately more affordable solution for additional storage room in the kitchen. Stand-alone pantries will house a big majority of your household staples and come in a variety of sizes, colors, and layouts to fit your home’s needs with just the right touch.

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These are some ideas to get you started in planning the perfect pantry. Large, spacious kitchens will have more wiggle room when it comes to planning the perfect pantry. Choosing to remodel, or planning your first kitchen from scratch can be an exciting way to make sure you get the perfect pantry for your kitchen. However, if you don’t have the time or money to remodel, or you simply don’t care to go to the trouble, but you need the extra space, purchasing a stand-alone pantry can be a great way to get some additional storage room you need without the hassle or cost of remodeling.

Upgrading Your Kitchen Faucet

When it comes to making changes to your kitchen, some of the most noticeable changes come in small packages with small price tags. One way to upgrade your kitchen without breaking the bank is to change the sink faucet. Over time, faucets can become old and worn out. They lose their shine and polish, and they can have a dismal and diminished impact on the whole kitchen. One way to feel like you are getting a whole new space is to replace the faucet and let the new shine radiate throughout your kitchen.

Know Your Limitations
To start, it’s important to know the limitations of your faucet based on the style of your sink. Does your sink have only a single port through which the hot and cold water are controlled? Or does your sink have three or even four ports for the faucet, handles, and spray stream? If you have a sink with four openings for handles and a spray stream, chances are you won’t find the aesthetic of a single ported faucet very appealing after you’re left with three gaping holes in your sink. If you can, consider replacing both your sink and faucet so that you won’t be confined to the faucet system that your current sink requires. Otherwise, take note of the type of sink you have so that you know your limitations when it comes to choosing a new faucet.

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Consider Style and Color Tones
While a new, more contemporary style faucet looks very appealing in its display, this doesn’t mean that it is necessarily the best option for your home. While a bronze faucet may seem like a great idea online or at the store, will it clash with your kitchen’s existing color patterns?  If you have outdated or old-style kitchen design, will a contemporary faucet look awkward or out of place? These are just some of the things to consider when choosing a new faucet.

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Think About Cost
Finally, it’s important to have a budget in mind when you go to pick out a new faucet for your kitchen. While faucets can be an affordable way to update your kitchen, there are certainly some faucets that challenge this assumption. Do you want a simple, yet elegant faucet that will improve the overall appearance of your kitchen while keeping your wallet smiling? Or, do you want faucet that will be almost as pricy to replace (if not more) as the refrigerator or range hood? It’s all up to you, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind so that you can eliminate certain options as you go along.
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Can you think of anything else that is important to consider when investing in a new faucet for your kitchen sink? Do you have any processes or methods for shopping and finding the right styles and products for your kitchen? Leave your questions and feedback in the comments below and let us know what you think!

Kitchen Décor Ideas on a Budget

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When the kitchen becomes cramped or outdated, it can be one of the most frustrating rooms in the house to deal with. Older kitchens usually don’t feature the luxury of space that more contemporary kitchens have. It can make it difficult to cook or find storage room for the household groceries. Even if you do have a kitchen with plenty of storage, an outdated kitchen can feel somewhat depressing and can suck you dry when it comes to finding inspiration for new recipes and meal plans. Yet, the budget doesn’t always allow for kitchen renovations, even when you need them the most. Yet, sometimes even the smallest changes can make a big difference and make the whole cooking and cleaning process much easier. So, if you’re on a budget and don’t have the funds for a complete renovation, check out these tips that can help to make a world of difference in just a few small ways.

Repaint the Cabinetry
One thing that can make a kitchen feel brand new is a new paint job, and we don’t just mean a touch up to the existing paint. Choose a brand new color and fly with it. Feel free to change the color of the walls while you’re at it. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose a bright color such as baby blue or peach to update your cabinets, but whatever you do, try something that will make it feel like a new room by the time you’ve finished, and not just something that will be hardly noticeable.

Rule of One
If you haven’t yet hopped on the DIY bandwagon and or you simply don’t have time for a DIY project, consider finding that one piece of furniture or that one appliance that is just going to transform your kitchen. Instead putting all your resources into a few different small projects, use your budget to by that new fridge, install a new island, or find a new range hood. The one major item can sometimes have a transformative impact on the rest of the kitchen space, making it feel like a new room.

Restyle your Style
As a last resort, you can always rearrange your existing furniture to make the room feel like a new space. Obviously, there may not be any other place for the main items, such as the sink, stove, oven, or fridge, but if you have a mobile kitchen island or enough space to rearrange the kitchen table, you might try to move things around so that you have a change of scenery that effects the whole design of the room.

DIY Creativity
If you’re a creative type and you have some ideas as to what you want to do with your kitchen, consider sacrificing the time and energy to do it yourself. If you don’t have the budget to spend on products and services, just save and purchase some discount supplies to create your own renovations with an emphasis on the creativity.

We know that renovating your kitchen is often something that feels like can’t wait, and we don’t think that you should have to wait. Even if you just do small renovations at a time, those little updates will eventually turn into a whole new kitchen. Do you have experience renovating a space in your house on a budget? What did you do and how did you make the most out of your budget? Let us know in the comments below!

Tips for Choosing a Stainless Steel Sink

The stainless steel sink is a classic choice in the average kitchen for good reason. The sleek, clean structure of stainless steel makes it compatible with almost any design, and it’s easy to clean, maintain and polish. So, if you already know that you want to go with a stainless steel sink, but you’re not sure what sink will fit your kitchen space best, here are a few things to consider before taking the plunge with a new stainless steel kitchen sink.

Undermount vs. Overmount
One of the first things you’ll need to consider in choosing your stainless steel kitchen sink is whether you prefer to have the sink to be overmounted or undermounted. Undermount sinks can be very attractive in design and certainly include some advantages against overmount sinks, such as the ability to wipe countertop debris straight into the sink or the recovery of additional counter space.

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Unfortunately, however, undermount sinks tend to be more expensive than their overmount counterparts. These sinks require weight-bearing countertops and have a greater propensity for mold build-up. As such, overmount sinks have a higher adoption rate for the average kitchen space. Fortunately, however, overmount sinks don’t mean you have to sacrifice that modern, minimalistic design. Dependent upon the gauge of the sink, many overmount sinks can have a thin bridge that takes up minimal counter room and gives your kitchen a refined, sophisticated look.

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Size and Depth
Another important factor to consider in choosing the specific sink for your kitchen is the size and depth of the sink. Also, do you prefer one or two bowls? Some sinks can include an additional cutting board or drying station, others can be divided into a garbage disposal and regular draining system between the two bowls. Single bowl sinks are becoming increasingly popular for their simple, minimalist design.

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However, some contemporary kitchens rock the double sink look, and show us that the double sink in modern life certainly have a place.

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 In addition to single or double bowls, you will also want to consider the size and depth of your sink. To an extent, the size and depth of your sink will depend on the size of your kitchen and the amount of counter space you have available. If you’re doing a kitchen remodel, now might be the time to consider your kitchen needs and put in the extra work to have a larger sink if that’s what works best in your kitchen. Large sinks can be advantageous, but they may also take away from counter space, so the real choice comes in determining which is more needed in your specific kitchen.

Choose the Right Gauge
Finally, gauge the metal to fit your needs. The higher the gauge, the more thin and malleable the metal will be. Typically, anything around 16-gauge or lower is a solid piece of metal that should hold up against the normal wear and tear over the years. The gauge level will also determine how other materials resound off of the metal, such as metal pots and pans or stainless steel silverware.

Warranty and Repairs
Finally, it’s important to go with a brand you trust, or at least a brand that stands behind their products. When looking into the right stainless steel sink, consider lifetime manufacturer’s warranty and the cost of repairs or replacement if the need were ever to arise. It is always better to be prepared for the worst and go with a brand that stands behinds its products than to be surprised by a sudden malfunction and find out that the manufacturer is not willing to replace or repair the faulty parts.

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These are just some of the few important aspects to consider in looking for a stainless steel sink to fit your bathroom needs. Have any other suggestions for investigating stainless steel appliances? Leave your feedback in the comments below and let us know how you make decisions in your home improvement endeavors.

Contemporary Kitchen Sinks

When considering remodels and renovated kitchen space, it’s unlikely that the kitchen sink is the first piece of equipment that comes to mind. Yet, while sinks seem like such a small part of your kitchen, they can actually have a very big impact on the impression your kitchen gives off for both you and visitors to your home.

An old kitchen sink can be not only inconvenient, but it can also give your kitchen a shabby and somewhat dirty appearance. Older kitchen sinks tend to be a bit shallow in nature and can make it difficult for washing large pots and pans or other dishware.

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Kitchen sinks from the ‘60s and ‘70s often have a slightly green or yellow tent that is not only unattractive, but very unappealing.

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So, if you’re considering a kitchen makeover, take a moment to consider investing in a contemporary kitchen sink. Contemporary sinks can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing.  Many older sinks feature two sides, one that works as a garbage disposal and the other as the primary sink with your average drain at the bottom. However, contemporary designers are beginning to see the benefit to simply having an open sink with a single, dual-purpose drain that also operates as a garbage disposal. These sinks are not only very attractive, but also give you more room to work with, which makes your kitchen work just a bit lighter.

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If you’re a fan of the traditional kitchen design, spruce up your kitchen’s style by adding a corner sink, such as the one below.  While similar to a traditional two-part sink, this stainless steel corner sink adds a sophisticated edge to a somewhat simple kitchen design.

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Finally, consider the faucet that will accompany your new kitchen sink. Faucets are the key to enhancing even the most basic kitchen sinks, and come in a wide range of styles and designs.  Generally, any faucet that breaks with tradition will give your kitchen a more contemporary feel. Consider a wall-hung faucet or one with a flat-nosed spout for optimal luxury.

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Kitchen sinks may not sound fun, but that probably means you haven’t started shopping around yet.  There are plenty of options and some very brilliant designs. Start looking at the possibilities and let us know what you find.  Do you have experience installing a contemporary kitchen sink into your renovated kitchen? Leave your feedback in the comments below!

Venting a Range Hood Outside

Range hoods are common in the sense that the majority of kitchens have them, but what many people do not have in their homes are range hoods that vent the air outside of the house as opposed to simply filtering the air and recirculating it throughout the kitchen. Air ventilation is very important in any kitchen, primarily because of the grease, smoke and debris that crowds the air as a result of cooking and baking. Without proper ventilation, these air pathogens may eventually lead to health problems or food borne illness, so proper ventilation from the start is a necessity.

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If you already have duct work built into your home, installing your new range hood should be a pretty simple process. On the other hand, if you were previously using a ductless range hood and are looking into switching to a vented range hood that will actually deposit the contaminated air to the outside of the house, you may need some additional construction and design work to make sure that everything is properly set up and ready to go.

Step 1:
Before beginning the ductwork and vent hood installation process, make sure to remove any unnecessary body parts from the hood such as the filter, fan, light housing and electrical work

Step 2:
Lift the hood to its permanent location above the range and outline the section that will be knocked out for the duct with a pen or pencil. The knock-out can also be made through the top for wall mounted vent hoods.

Step 3:
Saw out the rectangular piece from the wall where you made the outline, and drill a hole next to this box for the electrical line.

Step 4:
Repeat the same process for cutting a rectangular hole on the outside of the house. If possible, remove the block from the outside wall from inside of the house to achieve better alignment with the first hole.

Step 5:
You can create a mounting plate by aligning a piece of PVC plate to the hole against the inside of the kitchen. You can affix the plate with screws and a silicone adhesive as necessary.

Step 6:
If possible, get someone to help you hold the vent hood in place as you feed the cable through slot next to the knockout hole, and clamp the range hood into its permanent position against the wall and above the range.

Step 7:
Now it’s time to install your duct work. You can do this by starting with the rectangular hole on the outside of the house. Slide the exterior vent cap into the hole and secure with screws. As necessary, apply a silicone sealant around the edges of the cap to ensure no moisture can seep through on wet or rainy days.

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On the inside of the wall, ensure electrical function before sealing off the duct work. Use a wire not to conceal the electrical wiring, and attach the vertical cover to hide the ductwork and finish installation.

Step 9:
Finally, install the body parts back into the range hood and enjoy a cleaner, more breathable kitchen space!

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Have you installed a range hood and/or ductwork in your home? If so, how did it go? Did you encounter any issues, or do you have any suggestions for others who are looking to do a self-manned installation?

Kitchen Cabinet and Wall Color Combinations

The cabinets and the walls are aspects of kitchen design that stand out the most. The colors of these areas give personality to the room and will communicate your taste to visitors. Selecting the colors of the kitchen cabinets and walls is one of the most fun steps in designing a kitchen.

While planning your kitchen upgrade or remodel, be sure to also check out our blog post How to Layout an Efficient Kitchen for tips on designing a kitchen that works for you.

Two Tone Kitchens – In two tone kitchens, the top and bottom kitchen cabinets are different colors. This simplistic design breaks up the room and is pleasing to the eye. In this kitchen, the top cabinets are a light color while the bottom cabinets are a dark color. The backsplash matches the top color, creating a smooth transition. The hardware is minimalistic, which allows the color to stand out.

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Below, the top cabinets are white and the bottom cabinets are a dark color. In between, there’s a simple and metallic backsplash. These colors create the perfect backdrop for the rustic kitchen furniture in the room.

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Luxury

The colors in this kitchen set the stage for a luxurious experience. The cabinets and the kitchen island are white with a gold trim that complements the marble counter top and backsplash. The result is a very elegant room with the combination of the marble and the white kitchen cabinets.

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Colorful

These kitchens feature more daring and playful colors. Here, the top cabinets feature a blue/green color while the bottom cabinets feature a simple finished wood. The brick backsplash is subtle and allows the green to pop without distraction. The task lighting underneath the top cabinets also help open up the room.

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In this second colorful kitchen, the cabinets, wall and tile flooring are all a relaxing shade of blue that creates a peaceful color scheme. This is perfect for a family kitchen where meals are prepared and memories are made.

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This example shows how color can be used to make certain areas pop. In this case, the trim at the bottom of the cabinets is yellow and so is the kitchen backsplash. However, the doors of the cabinets are actually white.

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In our last example of a colorful kitchen, you can see how different shades of the same color can be used to create depth. Here, the blue cabinets are a lighter shade of blue than the kitchen island. As a result, the island pops.

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Industrial

In this design, you can see how color works in an industrial kitchen style. The wooden cabinets are accented with rivets while the backsplash is a simple white color. The cabinet doors and the range hood exterior are the focal points of this kitchen design.

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Other areas of color to pay attention to in the kitchen include the appliances, backsplash, counter top, island, flooring and hardware. All of these will coordinate together with the cabinets and the walls.

Winter is Coming

Right now, during the warm summer months, you’re probably thinking about every way you can keep your kitchen cool. However, you may also want to consider how to update your kitchen before winter arrives. The summer season is an excellent time to gear up for winter and get your home ready for those chilly days before they happen.

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It’s also a convenient time for home improvement projects in the kitchen, because you can still grill outside temporarily if you cannot use your kitchen appliances. Cook your food outdoors in the fresh air, so you don’t have to worry about having to cook all of your meals in the microwave or the toaster oven. This is especially helpful if you are feeding multiple members of your family at once.

The following are some home improvement projects to consider starting before winter comes:

Heating Flooring – Heated flooring can be installed underneath any type of flooring in the home. Heated flooring is a perfect addition before the winter months so you can walk around in your kitchen and feel less cold. Be more comfortable in your kitchen next winter with a new heated flooring system.

Update the Backsplash – Take the time this summer to improve your kitchen backsplash. Tile Talks recently published Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash. You can reference their post for more ideas for tile designs and updating your backsplash.

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Go Bigger – Do some construction to create a bigger kitchen for you and your family. One of the biggest complaints homeowners and renters have about their kitchens is the lack of space. More space will provide additional storage, workspace and space for family to sit and eat together.

Add a Range Hood – Do you have proper indoor air ventilation in your kitchen? If not, you can purchase a kitchen range hood to install during your summer home remodeling projects. The range hood will ventilate grease, smoke, odors and heat from the kitchen to make cooking more convenient and cleaner.

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Other ideas to consider for installation during the summer include:

-A fireplace near the kitchen to keep people warm and comfortable while they are eating together.

-Purchase and install a larger freezer to store food in before winter hits. Buying and freezing food in bulk also helps save money on groceries.

-Install a pot rack in your kitchen. You can store pots and pans on it and free up space in your kitchen cabinets.

-Repaint your kitchen before the holidays and impress your friends and family with the fresh coat of paint on the walls.

-Replace any large kitchen appliances that may need updating while you are already making improvements and cooking outside.

If you’d like to improve your kitchen before winter comes, feel free to call Range Hoods Inc at 1-800-914-9775. We are available seven days a week to discuss stainless steel kitchen range hood sand your home improvement needs.

July Blog Hop Post #3: Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash

Can we get a drum roll, please? Range Hoods Inc would like to announce the publication of the third post within the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop! This contribution comes from Bill Buyok at the Tile Talk blog. Bill contributed Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash; this post should guide you through choosing tile for your kitchen backsplash.

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Don’t forget that in addition to reading the blog post contributions, you have only 3 days left to enter for the drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Enter here for a chance to win; we hope the funds help you throughout the summer in your DIY projects and home improvement goals.

Tile Talk is the blog at Avente Tile, a company that specializes in ceramic, handmade tile for interiors and exteriors in elegant home design. In his blog hop contribution, Bill explains how artisan tile can complement your kitchen within the backsplash. As you can see in the photos in Bill’s blog post, artisan tile pops in the back of the kitchen and gives personality and character to the space and the kitchen design. Click the link above to learn more and learn how to choose backsplash tile for your kitchen.

You can find each contribution from the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop Here:

5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen on Artful Kitchens

Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks on Snazzy Little Things

Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash on Tile Talk

The Blog Hop Giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card ends at midnight on August 31st, 2015. Visit our blog post (Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card) to enter for multiple chances to win by visiting the Facebook pages of the participants above. It’s easy and fast to enter.

Thanks for reading, and stay cool! We wish you the best in your Summer DIY & Home Improvement endeavors this year.

How to Layout an Efficient Kitchen

Why do you need an efficient layout for your kitchen? Designing your kitchen with an efficient layout in mind ensures that you can use your kitchen to its maximum potential and save as much time as possible while preparing and cooking food. While working on your kitchen, don’t forget to read our infographic Choosing Range Hoods for Kitchen Size for assistance in picking out a kitchen range hood.

There are different templates for kitchen design available to you depending on the floor plan of your kitchen and how you prefer to have everything spaced out. Choosing a layout that fits into the kitchen floor plan you already have will be more economical, because moving pipes and running electrical will be costly and time consuming.

The first thing to consider while laying out a kitchen is the work triangle. The work triangle is the placement of the cooking surface, the kitchen sink and the fridge. If you draw a line between these elements, the resulting shape will be a triangle. This is the most efficient way to place these zones in the kitchen. Ideally, there will be work spaces wherever possible between the points of the triangle.

Kitchen Layouts

These traditional kitchen layouts can help guide you through your kitchen design. Choose the layout that best fits your kitchen.

L-shaped: This kitchen layout consists of two countertops on connecting walls that form the shape of the letter “L.”

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Horseshoe: A horseshoe kitchen has three walls on which kitchen elements are placed. An L-shaped kitchen with the addition of an island is also considered a horseshoe kitchen.

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One-wall: These kitchens are simple and efficient with everything located on one wall. This layout is a good choice for smaller homes and kitchens.

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Galley: A galley kitchen is another layout that works well in smaller homes. It consists of two walls or two countertops on each side of each other.

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Once you have determined which kitchen layout you have, or will have in the future, you can start to layout an efficient kitchen design.

Another way to make a kitchen more efficient is the addition of a kitchen island, if the kitchen is large enough to support one. The island can function as one of the points of the work triangle.

Kitchen islands are practical and provide many functions. They provide extra work surface and storage space. You can also install a stovetop and oven into the kitchen island, as well as a sink for washing food and filling pots. A kitchen island with wheels is great; you can move it around where you need it, when you need it.

Which kitchen layout do you prefer? Do you prefer that layout because of efficiency or because of aesthetics? Feel free to let us know!

Range Hoods Inc is an online retailer of stainless steel kitchen range hoods. Feel free to contact us with your questions about kitchen design and kitchen appliances at 1-800-914-9775. We are available seven days a week.