I recently visited a popular homewares store for some new placemats. While on a leisurely stroll around the store, I noticed myself thinking “Now, why would they do that?!” much too often and spent the remainder of my visit snapping pictures of “What not to do!” Needless to say, I never did get those placemats. I hope you enjoy our gallery of design tips. Click on any image below to open the gallery:
Inner pull out drawers should not be installed above head height!
This lift up cabinet has been installed above a fridge: much too high to comfortably pull down that handle.
Yet another set of lift up cabinets installed too high for comfort.
Hanging racks should be installed at a height where the topmost item is comfortably reachable.
Overhead cabinets should be installed at a minimum of 600mm above your benchtop. These overheads are almost touching the tap!
French door pantries should always open from the center outwards.
This cabinet’s handle gives the impression that it is a pull out system…
Not so! Using a drawer handle to open a cupboard is uncomfortable!
Once again, drawer handles shouldn’t be used for cupboards. These are also very uncomfortable due to the handles being placed below hip height on a tall cabinet.
Same handles used in a vertical application, causing the user to have to dislocate a shoulder just to open these tall cabinets!
If you’re using a combination of opening mechanisms (in this case: touch catches to overheads + handles to base cabinets) try to combine matching mechanisms. In this case, touch catches combined with a more discreet handle would do the trick.
Ensure your kitchen adheres to Australian Standards: This gas cooktop is installed against regulation as it is installed within 200mm of a combustible surface (composite stone splashback).
Stick to using a continuous line for your splashback, rather than only covering sections of wall.
This corner coffee station is almost unusable due to the tall cabinet installed directly beside it. Try to allow yourself standing room!
Like the look of open shelves? Make sure to have them finished properly! This example simply looks like the cabinet door has just been pulled off!
Protruding downlights beneath overhead cabinets are not very appealing; opt for flush mounted lights or LED strips instead.
Avoid using protruding downlights inside your cabinets: especially if the cabinet has a short internal height!
Pendants look lovely over a dining table however, try not to install them low enough to bump your head on!
Again, pendants installed much too low!
Try to avoid using two different wall finishes in the same space: especially when they butt up to each other.
A great idea to have a mini office bench off the kitchen however, ensure overhead shelving is above forehead height and shallower than the actual bench!
A large, protruding shelf isn’t ideal over a small desk.
The corner of the wall cabinet is much too close for comfort!
Ensure all tiling is finished properly with appropriate edge finishing.
Ensure tiling patterns don’t look like a botched job! Choose a pattern and stick to it!
In the bathroom: Stay away from tacky shower curtains!
Although very common and useful, shower niches can cause issues with waterproofing, mould and grime. If space allows, opt for a simple glass shelf instead.
Ensure floor is properly screeded to falls and not completely flat in wet areas.
Looks lovely, but it would be very frustrating to keep the inside of this mirrored cabinet clean!
Even with curtains, open wardrobes in the actual bedroom (and not in a separate walk in robe) can make the whole room seem messy.
What a lovely wardrobe design!
It’s a shame that drawer has no space to move… It has scratched and damaged the door finish.
Anything we’ve missed? Tell us your Design DON’TS in the comments below!