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An open plan kitchen with navy cabinets, wooden shelves and pale tiled walls
Kitchens today really are the heart of any home. People eat, celebrate, socialise, study and entertain all in the family kitchen. Here are some of our handy tips from kaboodle to help you create the perfect kitchen for entertaining in your home.

The open plan area

The best entertaining kitchens are spacious and based on an open plan floor plan that leads through to the living area. This promotes connectedness throughout the different spaces. You'll be able to entertain guests and cook simultaneously instead of being separated by a wall.

Kitchen island with timber bench extension with two stools

Kitchen island benchtops

An island benchtop is ideal for preparing and presenting meals. They are easy to access and create a nice traffic flow around the kitchen. Guests can even pull up a stool (or chair) and relax at the island while you prepare dinner.

The working triangle

Functionality should be the primary area of focus when designing a kitchen layout. Keep the working triangle in mind, this is the space between your cooktop, sink and refrigerator. Incorporating the working triangle into your design will make it easier to move around in a busy kitchen – which is absolutely essential when entertaining!

Kitchen with white cabinets

Find the right kitchen storage solution

There's so much choice when it comes to storage accessories and solutions that there is no excuse for a disorganised kitchen. A cleverly organised kitchen means no clutter and less mess. Try concealing bulky appliances in an appliance cupboard or butlers pantry. Not only will this tidy up your kitchen but it will also give you more preparation space. Check out kaboodle kitchen's wireware and waste bin range for more decluttering inspiration.

Love the idea of open plan spaces? Find out how to create an open plan living room.

More great kitchen ideas

Check out kaboodle's full range for more kitchen ideas and inspiration.

 

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.