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From cook space to workspace, how to plan a kitchen that can handle anything life throws at it

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From cook space to workspace, how to plan a kitchen that can handle anything life throws at it

Make the most of your kitchen space with these helpful design tips.

When designing (or redesigning) a kitchen, things can quickly become overwhelming. There are so many options to consider, from countertop material to backsplash tiles to cabinet installation. 

But before all these decisions are made, you have to start by planning out the bare bones of the kitchen – where the main furnishings will fit to form a design that works best for you and your family.

So where do you start? First, you’ll have to spend time thinking about what you need from your kitchen. Then you can create a bespoke, ergonomic design that fulfils those requirements.

Prioritise your needs

While every kitchen primarily facilitates cooking, you will want to consider the different ways to use this space. Will it double as a workspace or entertainment area? Obviously taking size into consideration, take the time to think about what you want from your kitchen.

For example, a single apartment dweller that doesn’t cook at home may not use the kitchen the same as a multi-generational family. Or someone may want to cook in peace separate from the dining and entertaining areas, while others crave open family living so they can see their small children playing nearby. Think about your situation and, when working with a designer, paint the picture of how you plan to use your kitchen.

Create zones

Once you’ve decided what you’ll need your kitchen for, you can give your design direction by creating zones: food preparation, cooking, clearing up and, if space allows, entertaining guests. Food preparation will need ample counter space, which is usually a kitchen island or clear countertop. It must also be near the sink and the hob for convenience.

Similarly, the cooking and clearing up area must be somewhere easily accessible, near cookware and utensils. This is when you decide where the oven, sink and dishwasher will go and if you’ll have built-in appliances. If you can, designate a space for entertainment where the dining table or bar will fit in.

Maximise space

Make the most of a small space by installing discreet storage. Adding floating shelves above windows, spice racks on the inside of cabinet doors and hanging racks for kitchenware are great ways to maximise space.

You can also keep things organised by using sliding drawers or a lazy susan for pots and pans, a rollaway bar cart as a mobile hosting area or bench seating to allow a small round table into the space. If entertaining is a priority on your list, speak to a designer about zoning an area in the kitchen to be a breakfast bar with an overhang for stools.


Cash & Carry Kitchens is Ireland’s leading manufacturer and retailer of fitted kitchens. They have just launched a new website, packed full of design inspiration, and showcasing their beautiful kitchen collection. Discover your perfect kitchen, talk to one of our expert designers at any of our 15 showrooms nationwide. Book a free design appointment and request a free brochure at cashandcarrykitchens.ie.