Impractical and uncomfortable kitchen - is the beauty worth it?

Impractical and uncomfortable kitchen - is the beauty worth it? Beautiful but uncomfortable kitchens and not only - how to choose between beauty and functionality

Let's look at how not to repeat the mistakes of others, as well as make your uncomfortable kitchen functional and better.

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Doors, floors, walls

Toilet with a door to the kitchen-living room

If we talk as it is, then it is unacceptable according to SanPiN 2. 1. 2. 2645-10, p.

3. 9, especially if there is no second sanitary unit with an exit from the hallway. But even if there is, the designers believe that it is very impractical. Just imagine that the door to the bathroom will be placed exactly "face to face" of a sofa or even a dining area. Everything will be in plain sight, and characteristic sounds will be heard from the toilet, which will make it inconvenient for both guests and apartment owners.

Solution to the problem: If the door to the bathroom is directly opposite the dining area or sofa, you should try to unfold the latter and make sure that the toilet is not visible from the eating area. There is another option - a partition that will close the entrance to the toilet and hang a TV panel on it. Even a built-in wardrobe can play the role of a screen.

Budget kitchens with wood fronts

Cheap and expensive kitchens will differ greatly not only in doors / fittings, but also in frames. It seems that the same chipboard is used, but in budget kitchen sets this is a standard laminated furniture board, and in expensive ones it is a weighted specimen, with moisture-resistant impregnation and additional pressing.

Yes, cheap stoves are used in cheap kitchens, and fittings are fixed in them, and since the kitchen is an active zone, then from frequent use the facades are pulled out "with meat" from the body or they begin to "float" and squint.

Impractical and uncomfortable kitchen - is the beauty worth it? Solution to the problem: if an expensive frame does not fit into the budget, you should buy a budget one and do not overload it, and in no case buy facades made of wood or glass. When choosing modules, remember that the narrower the facade is, the easier it will be - two of 0.2 meters hang longer without repairs than one is 0.6 meters.

Combining two types of floor coverings in a small kitchen

But here we are talking mainly about the kitchen or combined rooms (living room and kitchen), because it is in this place Usually, a cooking area is allocated with tiles, and a dining area and other living space with laminate or parquet. The solution has two drawbacks. First, crushing a compact room makes it even smaller visually, and secondly, the joint, for example, of laminate and tiles, usually implies protruding paths into which dust is clogged.

Solution to the problem: choose one compromise solution - wood-look porcelain stoneware, heat-treated board, moisture-resistant parquet.If you decide to join materials, you should choose a coating not on a floating basis for combination with tiles, but something that is glued to the screed, for example, cork, engineering board, quartz vinyl.

In this case, it will be possible to use a narrow profile of up to 0.5 mm or even avoid the sill at the joint, and replace it with a strip of plug or sealant.

Wooden floor in the kitchen

An uncomfortable kitchen can also become because of the floor covering. The main complaints about planks on the floor are related to poor water resistance (after all, the kitchen is a wet area) and delicate maintenance. You will need to wipe up every drop of juice or wine you spill immediately, or it will start to absorb immediately.

Solution to the problem: Designers advise and believe that wood for the kitchen will be a very practical solution if you treat the floor correctly. It should be lacquered, ideally matt, or waxed. This coverage should be renewed a couple of times a year. Ideal for spaces where the kitchen is combined with the living room or dining room - you can use the same material everywhere. But here one should take into account the fact that wood and stone age and change beautifully, but no one has seen beautifully aged plastic or porcelain stoneware.

Sink, sofas, etc.

Sink under the window

Sink near the window opening is excellent lighting and an equally beautiful view from the window. It's also an annual climber's challenge to clean the windows outside and spend on a waste shredder so that there is no unpleasant odor, because now the bin is located right next to the battery.

Solution to the problem: most often the window is lower than the line of the table top, and therefore the rise of the window sill will block the sash. Install a double-glazed window with a horizontal impost at the level of the table top, and for the window to open well, you need a bayonet mixer that can be pulled out of the socket without tools and laid to the side, or buy a folding version.

This will be much more expensive than standard models, and it will be cheaper to arrange the mixer, as well as the window sashes, so that they do not interfere with each other. If you place the sink closer to the edge of the window or even in the corner, then much less drops will fall on the glass, and the view from the window, as well as the degree of illumination, will not be affected.

Snow-white sofa in the kitchen-living room

This piece of furniture does not get along well with animals and children.

Impractical and uncomfortable kitchen - is the beauty worth it? Solution to the problem: if a white sofa is simply vital for your interior, then you should choose a protected upholstery, namely Teflon flock, impregnated chenille, microfiber. Note that removable covers are difficult to clean and costly to dry clean each month.

When buying, you should immediately clarify whether it is possible to bleach the fabric of a removable cover, and if you want to purchase leather furniture, you should take it from patent leather and more durable leather, and preferably from artificial material (eco leather, arpatek). The fact is that such materials absorb dirt less, however, this does not save from claw marks and multi-colored felt-tip pens, but scratches can be made not so noticeable with the help of special care products.

White kitchen

All kitchens (including inconvenient ones) get dirty the same, but different spots are better visible on white, and in the worst case, splashes will be constantly visible in the light and stains on glossy surfaces. In fact, caring for a white kitchen is no more difficult than for others, and the impracticality of white in interior design may not be associated with color, but with the quality of the paintwork or another layer of furniture.

Solution to the problem: it is worth choosing a shade slightly warmer than boiling white - ivory, milky.

Everything will look much more comfortable, and the feeling of soiling will go away. Plastic facades will be easier to clean and less prone to scratches than painted or laminated facades.

Wallpaper in the kitchen near the dining table

The wall where the chairs and the chair are "wiped off" much faster than others, and customers often choose wallpaper, while mistakenly believing that painting is impractical. But, you see, it is easier to repaint the wall than to re-glue the wallpaper.

Solution: It is better not to use chairs with rigid backs if they are near a wall.

No wallpaper and paint can withstand physical influences, and if you really want wallpaper, you can use them to paste over the upper part of the wall, and paint the lower part, cover it with panels or tiles - as in the example in the photo.

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