Over the last couple of decades, kitchens have become the new centre of many family homes. As well as food preparation and cooking, laundry and other activities, kitchens are now used to eat food in, socialise and entertain guests. To meet this new demand and use of the room, therefore, open-plan kitchens are more common than ever.

Whatever the layout of your kitchen is, though, you need to make sure you choose furniture that can meet your specific storage and functional needs. Although this can be tricky, we have put together a list of trips that we hope will help make it easier for you to make the best choices.

We have divided our tips up in terms of kitchen size and uses, as well as factors such as materials used in the construction of furniture and the quality.

Larger Kitchens

As noted at the outset, larger kitchens provide space for a variety of activities, including cooking, eating, dining and entertaining, working and relaxing. With larger kitchens therefore, you can benefit from islands designed with multiple functions in mind and still have enough space for separate storage furniture too. Separate furniture like sideboards and even TV cabinets can be of use to help add extra dimensions to your room.

Smaller Kitchens

Smaller kitchens, even with less space available, can still be used to socialise in. When you have limited space though, you need to be a bit clever with how you utilise that space. Lighting, colours and worktops can be used to give a smaller room the feeling of more space. Small chests of drawers and sideboards give you the functionality and storage you need.

Kitchens Ideal for Families

If you have a family of any size, you need a kitchen that accommodate the needs of everyone. Storage for children’s toys and books needs to be considered, especially if they frequently spend time with you in there. The placement of this furniture obviously determines the accessibility they have.

Kitchens used for Home Offices

For many people, modern kitchens are now used as home offices and places for children to study in. In a similar way to family kitchens, storage is an important consideration to make when choosing furniture options for kitchens that double as home offices. Seating is also crucial. Breakfast bar-style stools may be suitable for shorter sessions, whereas a swivel office chair or even a sofa may be the best option for longer sessions.

When choosing furniture pieces like sideboards and welsh dressers, you also need to think about the home office equipment and accessories you may need, along with the cables and power racks you will be using.

Materials and Construction

You should always take time to think about the materials used and what would be right for your kitchen. Nest at Number 20 specialise in solid oak and pine painted furniture pieces, and in most kitchens, wooden furniture is a great option. Composite, plywood, metal and plastic, particularly flat pack-style, furniture is a lot less expensive than solid wooden furniture. However, for the money you may save, you could end up with furniture that does not last as long, requires more care and attention and is just not as aesthetically pleasing.

Whereas solid pine and oak furniture is incredibly robust, durable and while it doesn’t require much more than frequent dusting or wiping down, can be repaired when accidents happen, and it is damaged.

It can be difficult when trying to navigate through the furniture market, but hopefully with the tips we have provided and advice we have supplied, you will find it a lot easier.