Planning a small kitchen: the 10 mistakes to avoid
Thelayout of a small kitchen sometimes feels like an obstacle course. Three architects lent themselves to the game of 10 mistakes to avoid when setting up a small kitchen: follow the guide !
A kitchen in a handkerchief is not always easy to arrange. Household appliances unsuitable, difficulties of circulation, bad exploitation of the space ... Three architects direct us on the errors to avoid to arrange without being planted a small kitchen.
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Error # 1: Do not think about your project ...
... and start directly to buy furniture and appliances. "The smaller the kitchen, the more it is appropriate to plan his project," says Benjamin Godiniaux, architect DESA, of the Benjamin Godiniaux Architecture Workshop, in particular to rationalize every square meter as well as possible. 'to use priority priority standard furniture cheaper than the custom-made elements'.
We must also show a certain realism. In a small space, you have to make choices, which necessarily means an accurate analysis of your needs, says Sara Camus Bouanha, interior designer. "You have to ask the right questions: a single person may not need a dishwasher, and a two-burner plate may be enough if you do not cook for a family."
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In this little kitchen, the architect Sara Camus Bouanha has installed a two-burner plate, sufficient for a single person or a couple.
Sara Camus Bouanha
Mistake # 2: focus on appliances at the expense of storage
Be careful not to multiply the devices: no need to store in a small kitchen a machine that serves only twice a year. it is better to opt instead for home appliances that we use daily. "Do not expect too many appliances or too bulky devices to the detriment of storage for kitchen utensils or food, continues Benjamin Godiniaux.If you have a window, you can do without a hood, for example. But we often forget to keep enough closets to store food. "
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This small kitchen gives pride of place to storage and optimizes the management of space. Kitchen Benjamin Godiniaux.
Error # 3: Too much traffic space ...
... and leave less than 60 cm in front of the worktop, warns Sara Camus Bouanha: "Even if the kitchen is small, it is necessary to rationalize and keep at least 80 cm in front of the worktop, to be able to move from one side to the other. 'other and cook comfortably'. To do this, it may be interesting to seek the advice of an architect and to provide some custom elements to arrange the space closer. Other advice given this time by Benjamin Godiniaux: "For reasons of practicality, the high cupboards must be shallower than the low elements (around 38 cm) and above all, it is necessary to provide at least 55 cm of credence between the work plan and the bottom of the high cupboards to be able to easily open them and bend down.
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For ease of use, it must be possible to move from one side of the kitchen to the other. A distance of at least 80 cm should be allowed. Smart: the hob placed on the worktop is retractable. It is stored as soon as you finish cooking, for a perfectly clear worktop. Arrangement Sara Camus Bouanha.
Sara Camus Bouanha
Error # 4: Choosing Free Appliance Appliances ...
... would be a mistake. In a small kitchen, integrated appliances are much better, according to Benjamin Godiniaux: "admittedly a little more expensive, it is nevertheless more compact and can save space". It's also a story of perspective, says Lara Grand, interior designer at Ever Invest: "By wrapping the doors of the dishwasher or oven with the same coating, you create an impression of unity and increases the impression of space ".
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Here, everything is perfectly integrated: the fridge is placed under the hob, the microwave is above in a closet. In addition a single finish enlarges the space. Lara Grand landscaping.
Error # 5: Prefer closed storage columns to high and low storage
They are bulky and even if they allow to increase the storage space, they remain unsuitable in a small kitchen, according to Benjamin Godiniaux: "The closed storage columns are perfect in a large kitchen, but if there is not enough space remember that the columns reduce the worktop surface, which is never good: you have to be able to store but also have room to spread or cook your food. "
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In this small kitchen under the roofs, the layout is tailor-made. The mix between the high and low elements allows to release a more important work plan. Kitchen Benjamin Godiniaux.
Error # 6: Using too much matte surfaces
Better on the contrary bet on lacquered or satin finishes that will catch the light and increase the feeling of space. And Lara Grand says: "not only do the lacquered surfaces bring a light gain but they create a mirror effect, ideal in a small kitchen".
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Cap on the light with white lacquered furniture and satin red splashback that create a beautiful mirror effect. Lara Grand landscaping.
Mistake # 7: Choosing an unsuitable soil
Cement tiles are trendy and aesthetic, but it's also very fragile, says Sara Camus Bouanha: "In a kitchen, especially if it's small, we tend to trample a lot and cement tiles will stain. Over time, a dark floor will also be much more suitable than a white floor that one will spend one's time cleaning ". Ideal, an ultra-easy maintenance tile especially in front of the cooking or washing part or PVC imitation parquet.
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In this kitchen, we mixed two floors: very practical and easy-care tiles in front of the cooking and washing part and a warm and aesthetic wood coating. Benjamin Godiniaux arrangement.
Mistake # 8: leave an untapped angle
In a small kitchen, we do not forget the parts in angle, even mixing standard elements and custom-made elements. "To lose no place, it is also good to re-use the corners of the room, says Sara Camus Bouanha, by installing custom shelves or corner furniture."
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No space is left out: in the corner of the kitchen, we installed a sink adapted. Opposite, the interior designer has provided a small additional work plan: intersected at 30 cm, it also acts as a shelf and allows to put his coffee maker. Arrangement Sara Camus Bouanha.
Sara Camus Bouanha
Error # 9: neglecting the high parts
The wall above the door can easily accommodate folding chairs horizontally, to store them when they are not used. Similarly, you can mount a wall of shelves to the ceiling, positioning at the top of the dishes or utensils that are used less often.
In this little kitchen designed by Benjamin Godiniaux, all the upper parts of the room hold shelves. Convenient when there is not enough space.
Mistake # 10: Not Segmenting Space into Different Universes
A zone, a function: in a small kitchen, it is necessary to clearly identify the different universes. Indeed, the more one delimits distinct areas in a small space, the more one gives an impression of size to the room.
Washing universe, cooking universe ... The spaces are clearly defined. The interior designer also chose to create a coffee corner with the coffee maker and dedicated shelves. Lara Grand landscaping.
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