When you’re entertaining guests in your home, the life of the party is always in your kitchen. Whether you mean for it to happen or not, the kitchen is where everyone congregates and socializes. Even if you’ve decorated and cleaned up your dining room and family room, a crowd will inevitably choose to gather in your small, cramped kitchen.
If you’re a frequent entertainer, you’ll know just how important it is to have a kitchen specifically designed to hold a crowd comfortably. If you’ve been considering a kitchen remodel to better accommodate your guests, know that it’s all about the features you integrate into your space that make serving food and drinks easy and accessible.
Must-Have Features for a Kitchen Built for Entertaining Guests
If you have the space for it, kitchen islands can be great space-savers. They’re natural for guests to gather around. Wide aisle ways (42 to 48 inches apart) provide plenty of space for people to stand and for the host to easily slip through. The more islands you can fit in, the better. Consider one island specifically for food prep and another for your major appliances.
- Open kitchen plan
If you read our previous blog on designing an open kitchen, you’ll know how no interior walls or barriers can really open up a room and make it feel bigger and more comfortable. With no one needing to squeeze through doors or around corners, your kitchen is sure to easily accommodate more guests.
- Sleek appliances
You’ll be providing food for your guests of course, so you’ll need appliances that are up to the job. Stainless steel looks great in any kitchen and gives a classy, modern look. Consider luxuries like wine coolers, warming drawers, double dishwashers, and high-end coffee makers, depending on what your parties tend to be like. A flat-screen TV is a must-have if you tend to entertain a lot during sporting events!