How to design an open plan kitchen

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.

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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!

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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.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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