A functional kitchen from scratch: plan it yourself!
Dreaming of a functional kitchen? Think about how you normally use your kitchen and what feels comfortable for you. Look at your existing kitchen and make a list of the things you like and what you’d want to change. Then, start planning. It is easy said and done with our kitchen planning programs. And we are here to support you if you need any help.
When planning your kitchen, keep the three work zones in mind: cooking, washing up, food storage. The way you position your work zones helps you to move quickly and easily from task to task.
In accordance with your space, you can choose different kitchen furniture layouts:
* If you have space, adding an island to your kitchen gives you extra storage, lots of work space – plus, it’s a great social hub.
* L-shaped kitchens make the most of a corner. They’re ideal if you want to add a small dining table as well.
* Single-line kitchens are perfect when space is limited.
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If you lack ideas on how to turn your old kitchen into a new one, explore some projects implemented by the IKEA interior designers and see that even a tiny kitchen can become cosy, functional and stylish if properly planned.
The most important remains invisible
The outside doesn't have to dictate the inside. The kitchen fronts can hide an organised interior with space for everything.
Keep utensils, pots and pans close to the hob and sink for easy access when preparing and cooking. Place your waste sorting bins in a drawer under, or close to, the sink and keep cutlery in a drawer close to the dinner table. Add drawer mats to keep things from moving around and to reduce noise when putting things in. And last but not least use drawer and cabinet lighting to find what you’re looking for also when the kitchen isn’t fully lit.