Constructing a low-maintenance kitchen is always a good option to consider as you don’t have to spend half of your life cleaning the kitchen, especially on weekends. Less open shelves, more pull-out cabinets and a bunch of other features can be incorporated to construct a kitchen that requires low-upkeep. In this blog, we will be covering some ideas for a low-maintenance kitchen to help you save both time and money.
Let’s get started.
Easy Checklist for a Low-Maintenance Kitchen
Here is a small and easy checklist for you to consider in building a low-maintenance kitchen.
- Go for vinyl flooring sheets
- Aluminium kitchen cabinets
- Glass backsplash
- Window Blinds
- Pull-out Cabinets
- Marble Countertops
Let’s discuss each of them in detail.
Go for vinyl flooring sheets
Cut down on your cleaning time and save repair costs by installing these easy-to-maintain vinyl flooring sheets in your kitchen. Vinyl flooring is a good option for water-bearing surfaces like kitchen, as vinyl is a material that is impervious to water and hence it becomes water-proof.
So, if your child spills milk on the floor, you don’t have to spend a lot of time clearing the mess. Wiping it off using a damp cloth is enough in cleaning a vinyl surface. If you are using marble tiles or normal tiles on the floor, you would always need to mop and clean the surface.
Moreover, if water or any liquid spills on the floor, it becomes slippery and can result in a dangerous fall. Padded vinyl flooring for a low-maintenance kitchen is one of the best flooring choices you can explore.
Aluminium kitchen cabinets
One of the best low-maintenance features you can install in your kitchen is having aluminium cabinets. These cabinets come in various striking colours. Pick and choose the one that goes with your kitchen’s overall theme and look.
Being water-proof and rust-resistant, you don’t have to spend your weekend cleaning the house. You just need to wipe it clean, every time there is a splash on the cabinet or when you see signs of dust appearing on these cabinets. Moreover, these cabinets are not only economical but long lasting as well. You don’t need to replace them every now and then.
In modern kitchen designs, a plain glass sheet is used as a backsplash. They not only look contemporary and trendy, but they are fairly easier to clean. Backsplashes are some of the dirt-accumulating places in the kitchen.
Whatever you cook, it is quite likely going to appear in the form of some spills and splashes on your backsplash. If you have a glass backsplash, instead of a tiled one, all you need is a good glass cleaning product and wipe it clean. No grease, grime and dirt can accumulate on your glass backsplash and that is what you want in your low-maintenance kitchen!
If you have large windows, don’t use curtains in your kitchen. Good window blinds are not only trendy, but are easier to maintain. You don’t always need to take out the fabric of your curtain for a machine wash. Blinds can be wiped clean when you see any dust or dirt on them. Easy!
When constructing a house, make sure to install pull-out cabinet features in the house. They are not only great in terms of hiding away heavy pots and pans, but these cabinets are easier to use and maintain.
For instance, if you have different pull-out cabinets meant for a particular set of utensils, dinner set or kitchen appliances, you would know exactly which cabinet to pull-out and use. If you have only one large cabinet where you keep all your utensils, it becomes difficult to spot the one you are looking for.
Proper racks are built inside each pull-out cabinet where you can compartmentalize the spoon set, dinner plates, sauce pans and skillets.
Also, don’t go for fancy handles for your pull-out cabinets. Keep them simple and choose handles that allow more control on the grip. The same goes for kitchen doors and stand alone cabinets. Have plain design on the cabinets and doors.
It is best to go with flat-panel doors for easy upkeep. If you have a wooden door that needs to be polished every now and then, don’t invest a lot of your time and hard-earned money in hiring a professional who could do the job. There are plenty of easy DIY ways to polish wood.
For countertops, most home designers suggest having an easier-to-manage marble top. Why? Because countertops tend to have the most spillages than any other surface in the kitchen. If you want to have a spotless, clean kitchen, then it is best to use a marble countertop.
Quartz countertops are also top choices for most homeowners. Mostly, because the material is somewhat similar to marble in looks and style but is non-porous and stain-free.
If you have a kitchen island where you also have dinner or lunch, then don’t invest a lot on your dining chairs. Go for smart, trendy long stools that can work best in your kitchen.
So, these were some of the smart tips for a low-maintenance kitchen. If you are a good planner, you can reduce your cleaning time and money by using any of the ideas discussed above. You can also check out our guide in building a low-maintenance home and save yourself from the cleaning hassle.
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