5 Mistakes to Avoid when Renovating Your Kitchen

Renovating your kitchen should be an exciting time. You may not choose to do it very often as it can cause a lot of upheavals and it costs a fair amount of money, too. This means that when you are going to renovate, it is vital to get it right. You don’t want to have to spend further time and money fixing the issues.

If you’re about to get underway renovating the kitchen, make sure you have considered all of the different ways that you can potentially get it wrong, to avoid the frustration of having to make repairs or change your kitchen more quickly.

Overwhelming a Small Space

Be realistic about the space that you actually have. If you are clever about it you can make the most of your space and ensure that your kitchen still operates properly and allows you to prepare food and drink without the awkwardness of overwhelming the space with clutter or trying to fit everything in.

Think about whether you really need appliances in there, and consider what sort of surface space you will need, the surface is premium when it comes to preparing meals and if you don’t have enough you will probably find yourself very frustrated and wishing you had a bigger kitchen space.

Incorrectly Fixed Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets can make or break your kitchen space. Efficient, well-thought-out kitchen cabinets can help you to make the most of your space and store everything you need.

Unfortunately, it is often something people get wrong. The fixings may change from one cabinet design to another, and every kitchen is slightly different too, which can alter the design of the cabinets.

It is always best to get professionals to help you when it comes to designing kitchen cabinets and make sure that they are perfectly installed. Other details can be changed more easily, but cabinets are a permanent fixture.

Choosing the Wrong Flooring

Your kitchen flooring is another big decision and one that you should spend some time researching. If you buy flooring that is cheap and of poor quality then it can start to get damaged and even ruin your kitchen in a matter of months. The kitchen will likely get a lot of traffic and people standing and sitting there all the time.

On top of this, the flooring may receive some spills and need a lot of cleaning, which means that lower-quality options may become discolored more quickly or get damaged. Though it is an expensive time anyway, getting flooring that you can rely on for years to come is always a good investment and may even be cheaper in the long run as you avoid having to get your kitchen refitted or have work done on the flooring when it gets damaged.

Ignoring the Kitchen Triangle

You might never have heard of the kitchen triangle before but the chances are that you use it pretty much every day. The kitchen triangle is the relationship (in space) between your refrigerator, sink, and your oven/stove. These three things will be needed constantly while you are cooking, and this means that it is important that you can access all three easily.

Think about the triangle they will form when you design your kitchen and ensure that it isn’t awkward to reach any of these.

Underestimating the Cost

How much do you have to spend on your kitchen? Make sure you set aside a budget and understand that it is not going to be cheap. A lot of people underestimate how much it is likely to cost and this can lead to having to scrimp on certain areas or use certain types of materials that aren’t of the desired standard.

Get quotes in advance, and try to put aside some extra money as an emergency fund in case something goes wrong or you decide you would like to do more in the kitchen than you initially planned. It’s not cheap, but a kitchen can last for decades if it is high quality so it is worth spending money on a higher-quality model.


A mistake when renovating your kitchen can be really frustrating and even cost you more money. If you want to ensure you get your dream kitchen, plan it properly and ensure you avoid the basic mistakes in this guide.

You probably spend a lot of time in your kitchen and want to make sure that time is enjoyable and the kitchen functions properly.

Home Base Project Team
Home Base Project Team
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