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Kitchen Designs Tips To Create a Space Perfect for Entertaining

December 18th, 2017 | Posted in Insights, Nashville | Tagged ,


If you’ve ever hosted a holiday at your house, you know the kitchen ends up being the center of entertainment. We’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday season this year, and if your kitchen doesn’t live up to its full potential, here are some tips to design a holiday-friendly kitchen for next year:

Create an Open Space 

Many kitchens – especially in homes built in the early 00’s or prior – still have layouts that hide the kitchen in a separate room or tuck it away in the corner. We’re seeing more and more of the “open concept” come into play in new construction today, which is nice year-round, but especially during the holidays. This truly helps bring friends and family together. Not only does it open up the living space so you can show off your awesome kitchen, but while some people are preparing food or cleaning up, they can still interact with those in the living room. And, this might help get Dad in the kitchen too if he can watch the game from the kitchen, just saying! 😉 So, don’t be afraid to knock down that non-load-bearing wall to create a knockout kitchen (pun intended) the whole family can enjoy.

Cook Twice as Much at Once with Double Oven Cabinet 

If your family is anything like mine, the holidays are when you discover a plethora of relatives you’ve never seen before. This is great, don’t get me wrong – the more the merrier, but it requires a lot of food and planning. Adding a double oven to your layout helps ensure everything gets cooked on time and at the correct temperature. No more accidentally burning the buns or having to keep adding extra time to the turkey! You can even devote an entire oven to pies which is the real important thing here. Understandably not every kitchen layout has space for a double oven, but if you host holiday parties and can fit one, it’s a lifesaver.

Add a Large Kitchen Island with a Prep Sink

Just like the double oven, an extra prep sink can save time and headache as well. It may sound like overkill – 2 sinks, really?! However, incorporating one into an island is an excellent solution for the holidays. One sink may need to be used for cleaning and prepping vegetables while the other is full of dishes. In addition, having a large island to prepare food on is a plus. Having all the extra counter space makes it so much easier for preparation, and it also creates a nice serving area. Not only that, but you can add seating so the little ones can help without getting in the way too much

Additional Storage for Holiday Items

We all know that stacked cabinets are in right now, but there’s always the question of whether they are truly functional or just purely aesthetic. Well, you can put your mind at ease and justify adding them to your design now – just store your holiday items in them! Holiday glasses, dishes, serving trays, etc. can stay tucked away the rest of the year. If that doesn’t do it for you, you can always add extra cabinets under the seating area of an island. These cabinets aren’t ideal for everyday items, so it makes a great storage solution for seasonal items.

You can talk with professional designers about creating your holiday-friendly kitchen for next year at Markraft’s Nashville Design Center. Contact our design team to schedule a consultation or drop by our Nashville showroom for ideas and for ideas & inspiration. The Design Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 1664 Elm Hill Pike in Nashville.

Since 1985, Markraft has specialized in custom cabinet and countertop design and installation in residential and commercial construction and custom remodeling. To learn more about Markraft, go to Contact Markraft at 615.360.2118 and be sure to follow Markraft Nashville on social media! Facebook – & Instagram @markraftnashville.