We all know the kitchen is where all of the real action in the family happens. What other place in your home can claim to have hosted cooking, eating, homework, bill pay, conversations, arguments, apologies, laughter, and love. And since kitchens are also the most common place to find a back door, they have also become the most common entryway into the home as well!
Whether you’re the family chef or not, we all spend more time in the kitchen than we realize. Certainly the most important aspect of that time spent is with whom you’re sharing that space. However, the structural and functional aspects are not to be overlooked, and will definitely contribute to how you spend that time — enjoying it with loved ones, or trying to wrestle things into submission.
Take a look at these three common pain points that many homeowners see in their kitchens. Do they sound familiar? If so, it may be time to consider remodeling your kitchen, or at the very least investing in some updates to make better use of the space and make your time there more enjoyable.
1. Not Enough Storage Space
Everyone seems to whine about not having enough storage space in their kitchen. To compensate for lack of shelf space, many people overload cabinets and pantries by stacking items haphazardly. Heavy canned goods can cause easily cause head and foot injuries when they’re knocked over and fall. Even the lightest objects, such as plastic container lids, become dangerous when they land on a kitchen floor, and turn into slip-and-fall hazards. (Plastic seems to have near zero friction coefficient on most kitchen floors!) In extreme cases, excessive weight can lead to pressure build-up that over time can loosen shelf supports and/or bowing of the wood, causing shelves to collapse, and possibly even “pancake” on top of each other.
2. Not Enough Counter Space
Small countertops quickly become even smaller as they overflow with appliances, cutting boards, and aspiring cooks. Knocking elbows during meal prep may sound harmless enough, but even playful fighting over a few precious inches of counter space could lead to serious consequences when both combatants are wielding chef’s knives. Smaller counters also mean that tools and food will get pushed out to the edges, which makes them more likely to slip off the edge, leading to spills and shattered glass.
3. Not Enough Lighting
Often overlooked as a vanity design element, poor lighting in any room is a major defect which easily leads to dangerous situations. Simply put, you need to see what you’re doing! This could not be more true than in your kitchen, where you’re working with high heat, handling sharp objects, and usually have to move quickly. There are many everyday kitchen utensils that become camouflaged in a dark drawer, and will poke, jab, scratch, or cut when you reach in. Many homeowners opt for simple, LED under-cabinet strip lights which plug into a standard receptacle. Although these can help to shed light on many of the darkest corners in your kitchen, they’re it rarely a cure-all. Consider a kitchen re-design that incorporates open shelves in addition to upper cabinets, which invites both natural and artificial light to reach more of those dark corners.