Is an Open Plan Kitchen Right for You?

Today, it’s possible to create any number of unique kitchens. We’ve a great range of kitchen styles, and kitchens often fall into one of a number of layouts. But there’s also another consideration- will you have an open plan or closed plan kitchen? We weigh up the pros and cons of each in this article.

Open Plan Kitchen

When we say ‘open plan kitchen,’ we mean a kitchen that forms part of a larger living space, such as a lounge. It might use any of the most common kitchen layouts, or incorporate a breakfast bar in its design. This is the open plan kitchen’s great advantage; it can be used both to prepare food and socialise more effectively than a regular kitchen.

Open plan kitchens have a number of plus points. Since they aren’t enclosed by walls light can reach them more effectively, making food preparation much easier. They also create a sense of space, particularly in smaller rooms, and mean the kitchen takes the lead as the hub of the house. Indeed, open plan kitchens are often perceived as a modern way to live and entertain, making them great if you’re wanting a home on the cutting edge of style and function.

However, open plan kitchens mean you can’t hide anything. Having the kitchen in the heart of your home means any mess you make is there for all to see. It also means any cooking smells can’t be contained, which might be a problem if you’re making anything with very strong aromas.

Our InStock kitchen units are perfect for creating any kitchen layout you want. Their modular design lets you mix and match, letting you tailor any design to your kitchen space. Try creating a corridor or galley layout in your kitchen; our complete kitchen unit range can be seen here.

Closed Kitchen

Most people will have a closed kitchen by default, owing to the style of their home. It refers to a kitchen that’s completely enclosed and cut off from the rest of the house. They’re a more traditional design, but come with a number of advantages.

For starters, a closed kitchen offers some privacy; you can hide smells and mess, freeing up other areas for socialising. The enclosed nature of the space also means additional wall storage, which makes them great if you have a number of utensils or plenty of pots and pans. Food can be prepared out of sight, letting any kitchen mishaps go unnoticed… at least to begin with!

The boxed-off nature of a closed kitchen is also its biggest weakness, though. While cooking or doing other things in the kitchen, you’re unable to interact with friends or family as you do so. This can be a problem if you’re trying to balance a love of food and friendship.

Getting the Best of Both

A third option is to create a kitchen that gives you both seclusion and a chance to socialise. One way of doing this is to create a pass through window; rather than tearing down a dividing wall, you can bridge the gap between two rooms and create a useful serving hatch. Folding or sliding doors allow you to change the room layout on the fly. Box off the kitchen or open it up when friends come over!

Alternatively, you might want to consider using an island counter or half-height wall. These will add a boundary to different areas of your kitchen, whilst also allowing interaction between yourself and friends or family whilst cooking.

Depending on your property- and preference- it’s possible to create kitchens for any social situation. Don’t forget to check out our range of kitchens, and take a look at our article on other common kitchen layouts to ensure you use your kitchen space effectively.

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