It seems no matter what the size of your kitchen, figuring out where to put your appliances is a universal problem. Should they go on the counter? In the cupboard? Can they be blended into your kitchen’s design or are they destined to stick out like a sore thumb?
Figuring this all out can seem quite daunting but, with a few tips and suggestions, it’s easy to navigate. Here are the things you need to consider to ensure you create the perfect space for each of your appliances.
Starting with your larger appliances, you’ll need to factor in your kitchen layout and consider your space when choosing where each appliance should go. It’s important to think about your preparation process when you cook and how the placement will affect that flow to ensure you aren’t traversing the entire kitchen every time you need a pinch of salt at the stove. Remember the all-important working triangle: the sink, the fridge, and the stove.
For your smaller appliances, make sure to consider what will be used on a daily basis versus less frequently. You need to strategically put them in an efficient place based on how much use they will get. So, should the rice cooker go on the counter or should the juicer get that piece of real estate instead? For storage ideas, consider using cabinets, pantries, and shelves for those appliances that may only need to be brought out from time to time. But remember, location is everything! You don't want to be reaching up high on your tippy toes to retrieve a heavier appliance such as a slow-cooker or a breadmaker. And it's a good idea to store appliances in a convenient location, like tucking your blender in a drawer right beside the freezer and the shelf where you keep your frozen fruit and protein powder for easy morning smoothie making.
It doesn’t matter if your kitchen is brand new or a bit dated – when it comes to integrating appliances into your space, you’ll have to make the decision if they’re going to be hidden away or out on display. The answer comes down to 1) your personal taste and 2) your current kitchen scheme.
Ask yourself, “Do the exposed appliances suit the layout and look of my kitchen?” And if they don’t, they might be better suited behind a cupboard door. The stainless steel finish of appliances may provide a slick and modern finish that suits your kitchen design quite well. And adding elements such as a trim kit around your microwave may be just the finishing touch you’re looking for.
Whatever route you take, make sure it makes you happy! You want a pleasing aesthetic and a comfortable flow to make sure your kitchen feels like home to you.