The Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade Guide: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Kitchen Space

The kitchen is the beating heart of your home. It’s where you cook, socialize, and unwind after a long day. And with so many different kinds of kitchens out there — from farmhouse to industrial — you have many options for designing your perfect space. Unfortunately, not all kitchens are created equal. Whether you’re just starting to plan your dream kitchen or are in the process of renovating one you currently own, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about upgrading your space.  

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Know Your Why Before You Start Shifting Things Around

Your kitchen is the main stage when it comes to cooking. So you want it to be the best it can possibly be. The first thing you should do is determine why you want to upgrade your kitchen. Answering this question will help you stay focused and avoid getting overwhelmed. Whether you’re upgrading because your old appliances are on their last leg or you simply want to make your space more functional, having a reason for your upgrade will help you stay on track. 

Plan, Plan, And Then Plan Some More

Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or simply adding a few new appliances or pieces of furniture, planning is critical to success. First, it’s important to note that kitchen renovations take longer than most other renovations. This is because there are so many different aspects of a kitchen that need to be considered. For example, you’ll likely need to replace your countertop and flooring even if you’re just adding a few new appliances. To help you stay on track, try to break down your renovation into smaller parts. 

Decide On The Biggest Point Of Focus

Whether you want to upgrade your appliances, cabinets, or storage, deciding on the most significant focal point is essential. This way, you’ll be able to make sure all of your other upgrades tie into your primary focus. For example, if you want to upgrade your cabinets, you can choose a shade of paint that will tie in nicely with the wood. If upgrading your appliances, you’ll want to decide on the brand you wish to purchase. This way, you’ll be able to make sure your new devices fit in nicely with the rest of your kitchen. Finally, if you’re upgrading your cabinets, decide on the style of cabinets you want to purchase and the type of finish you want.

Storage Options

One of the first things you should consider when upgrading your kitchen is the amount of storage you have. If your cabinets don’t have enough space, you can always add custom shelves to make up for it. Double-decker shelving is also a great idea to maximize space. You can also add hooks to the backs of your cabinets to hold items like pots and pans. Finally, you can always purchase smaller appliances if your appliances take up too much space. This includes countertop appliances, like a blender, stand mixer, or even a microwave that sits on top of your cabinet instead of taking up space below. 

Appliance Upgrades

To upgrade your appliances, you should note each energy rating type. This way, you’ll be able to make sure they all tie in nicely with your new kitchen. You should also note the size of each appliance you want to replace and the space they’ll take up in your kitchen. You can also add new lighting fixtures, such as pendants, to help tie everything together. Finally, before upgrading your old appliances, consider whether they’d benefit from appliance repair. If they will, you could save yourself a pretty penny by mending rather than buying. 

Custom Cabinets And Shelving

If you want to add custom cabinets or shelving to your kitchen, you should note the size of your space and how many cabinets or shelves you want. You should also decide on the type of wood you want to use. If you want to add custom shelves, note the space you have above your cabinets. Remember that you may need to have a professional come in to add shelves above your cabinets. Contact a contractor to ensure they fit correctly if you want to add custom cabinets. You can also add a backsplash to your cupboards to help tie everything together.

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