Big Changes: Tips for Changing Your Kitchen Layout When You Remodel

It seems that no room in the house loses its appeal faster than the kitchen, but it’s no wonder. Only the bathroom, perhaps, gets more use than a kitchen. In addition to being the place where you prepare, cook, serve, and clean up meals, the kitchen tends to be a gathering place for the family. It’s no surprise then that after a few years the kitchen is no longer as inviting as it once was. Fortunately, there are many ways to make your kitchen feel completely new. If you’re looking to change the layout of your kitchen, here are some tips.

Replace the Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands have been popular for a while now. If your kitchen has the room for one, adding on or replacing your old one is a good way to increase your available workspace and provide somewhere for the family to gather for meals or simply to hang out. Because kitchen islands come in many different shapes and sizes, you can find the style that fits your kitchen best.

High-end kitchen islands can have their own power source and plumbing, which allows you to put your stove or sink on the island. Many people like this arrangement because it allows them to talk to friends and family while they cook or clean up. You might also consider adding a section of shelves or a wine fridge. 

Put In a Proper Pantry

If you’re short on storage space, you may want to add a pantry. Like kitchen islands, pantries can be simple or elaborate. The simplest is a floor-to-ceiling storage space that is part of the overall kitchen cabinetry. A fancier pantry can be an adjoining storage room that is nearly as large as the kitchen. A tall cabinet or small closet is probably roomy enough for most households. 

Arranging and stocking a pantry can be great fun and bring out your creativity. You can add everything from spice racks on the inside of the door to lazy susans, wire baskets that slide out, pants hangers to hold bags of potato chips and shelf risers. Don’t forget to invest in a label maker so that you can find everything once it’s been organized.

Move the Sink

Maybe your sink is too small or is crammed into an awkward space. However, you might hesitate to move it because you think that moving the plumbing around is too complicated. The good news is that moving the plumbing isn’t complicated with the help of a plumber. You can expand the counter to get more workspace where your old sink was. By simply moving the sink, you can often increase the amount of usable counter space you have. So go ahead and install that double farmhouse sink right beneath your south facing window.

Increase Counter Space

Few people have enough counter space even in a roomy kitchen, but there are ways to add even more counter space. Of course, you can add an island, but there are other options too. One way is to think of the kitchen as a U shape and place counters on three walls of the room or even part of the fourth wall if the kitchen has a proper door. A less expensive way to increase counter space is to tuck a freestanding cabinet beside the stove or the fridge.

Add Shelving

Though adding shelving won’t change the floor plan of your kitchen, it can drastically increase your storage options, opening up cabinet and pantry space for other items. It also allows you to potentially get rid of some cabinets in order to make your kitchen feel more open and airy. Additionally, adding shelving is a great way to add some extra aesthetic appeal. For example, you can use shelving to display your favorite cookbooks or dishware or as a place for your potted herb garden. 

Even one of these kitchen remodeling tips can go a long way in brightening up a kitchen that’s seen better days. Indeed, the look of the kitchen will improve, but so will its overall efficiency. Best of all, these remodeling tips don’t need to cost you an arm and a leg. You can find ways to completely redo your cramped kitchen without blowing your budget.

About the Author

Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.