The Ultimate Checklist for Visiting Kitchen Showrooms
These days, most of the things that we buy are found and purchased online. From shoes to cooking equipment, television sets, cosmetics, and pet food; the internet is a place where everything is available. However, there are some things that you really do need to see and touch before you take them home. If you’re thinking about investing in a new kitchen, for example, it’s important to get up close and personal with your favourite designs.
Fortunately, there are plenty of kitchen showrooms up and down the country. While many providers do now offer a ‘virtual’ showroom tour, there’s nothing quite like getting to run your hands over stylish countertops and scrutinise bespoke finishes. So, the next time that you’re shopping for kitchens in Ipswich, head down to your nearest showroom or store and browse the huge amount of fixtures, fittings, accessories, and designs on offer.
This guide to the ultimate kitchen checklist will help you decide where to start and how to find the perfect products for your home.
Must Have Features
The most luxurious and high quality kitchens in Ipswich can only be judged as such if they also provide a lot of practicality and flexibility. You could have the most glamorous and expensive fixtures in the world, but if you can’t get around your kitchen in a way that feels fluid and ergonomic, you won’t enjoy spending time there. This is why ‘must have’ features are so important; you should know exactly what you need before you start shopping.
How far should the widest counter be from the oven? Is there plenty of space to get hot stuff from the oven to the counter safely? How high should the cabinets be? Is the sink best placed in the centre of the kitchen or off to the side somewhere? These are important questions, so focus on practical considerations first. Then, you can start to think about stylistic flourishes.
Spacing and Layout
For smaller kitchens in Ipswich, spacing is a big issue. If you’re working with a restricted amount of room, you can’t just head out to a store and pick cabinets, appliances, and accessories in a hurry. You need to think carefully about how you can maximise the space that you do have and what kind of designs could open your kitchen up and expand its functions and dimensions.
For instance, super sleek breakfast bars and islands can now be bought with chairs and accessories that slide neatly underneath. They take up no room when they’re not in use and the island can be used as an extra countertop. Another great idea is to build taller; many homeowners don’t realise that they can utilise the empty space above standard sized overhead cabinets. If you invest in bespoke cabinets, you can build right up to the ceiling.
It is a common faux pas for homeowners to get all excited about kitchen renovations and rush into decisions when shopping for appliances. While that American style refrigerator may look great, is it going to fit your lifestyle and the rhythm of your home? Take the time to look for appliances that suit your needs; otherwise, you’ll end up with overly bulky devices that eat into energy bills and take up a lot of unnecessary space.
If you don’t have a big family, you don’t need a huge refrigerator or a double dishwasher. You don’t need two sinks and an absurdly large trash compacter. The secret to designing the perfect kitchen is, and always will be, practicality. Identify your needs first, so that you can create a space that fulfils them. Your dream kitchen should be not just stylish, but also easy to clean, maintain, and use.
For more hints and tips on shopping for your dream kitchen, visit Connells KBB today. Or, you can call 01473 715566 to get directions to your nearest Ipswich showroom or store.