If you are getting ready to remodel your kitchen, the first decision you will need to make is whether to go with an open or closed design. Open-concept floor plans have been popular for years, but today's trends are seeing a return to closed-concept kitchens. Each style has its own advantages and disadvantages and taking a few things into consideration will help you make the decision that is best for your lifestyle and family.
A need for privacy
Since the pandemic hit, many homeowners found themselves working from home, schooling their children at home, and entertaining at home rather than going out to restaurants and shows. For larger families, finding areas in the home for the adults and children to have privacy for completing work tasks or schoolwork became a problem. Closed-concept kitchens are making a comeback, as they make it possible for the kitchen to be used as a separate work or study area when necessary.
Open and closed kitchen layouts can both be beneficial for those who enjoy entertaining. Popular for years, open home layouts are often seen as the perfect design for those who enjoy hosting parties and entertaining. Open layouts are best if you enjoy interacting with your guests while you prepare food or if you like to show off your beautiful kitchen.
However, food preparation leads to messes and clutter that are in plain sight in an open layout. The closed kitchen makes it easy to keep the prep area and entertaining area separate, so you never have to worry about your guests seeing kitchen messes and clutter.
When it comes to cabinet space and storage, a closed-concept kitchen may have an edge over an open-concept kitchen. Open kitchens mean you have less wall space for cabinets or other kitchen elements. A closed kitchen gives you an extra wall for installing both upper and lower cabinets, which can boost your kitchen's storage capacity and give you more countertop space for small kitchen appliances.
However, open kitchens can make your home appear more spacious and will give you a little extra floor space. You will need to determine if more floor space or more storage space is best for your lifestyle.
A great kitchen layout will look beautiful, make kitchen tasks easier, and suit the unique needs of your lifestyle. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of open and closed-concept kitchens will help you decide which one will work best for your home and family.
Contact a contractor for help with your kitchen remodel.