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Guidelines When Updating Your Kitchen

July 24th, 2011

5 Measurements to Help You Choose the Perfect Kitchen Table

The table you choose needs to allow for at least 24 inches between each chair you plan to add.

30 inches is the perfect height for a kitchen table. If your table is going to be accented by a hanging light fixture, you also want to have at least 30 inches of clearance between the fixture and top of your table.

The table that you opt to look for should be 30 inches wide. This will provide a comfortable amount of space between the seats on either side of the table.

Allow for 42 inches between your table and any other pieces of furniture. This will give you room to walk without needing to squeeze through a gap. If space is tight, you can reduce the distance to 36 inches.

Kitchen Countertops 101

Granite is the most popular option. Homeowners love granite for it’s appearance and durability. This countertop usually increases the home’s value. The downside is it’s susceptible to stains. It can also be quite costly.

Slate is great because it’s resistant to stains. It is not resistant to chips and scratches. Minor scratches can usually be removed with sandpaper.

Limestone can make a kitchen look timeless. It’s also an organic choice that’s very versatile. The main problem with this is it’s not scratch resistant, or stain proof. It also falls on the higher end of the price spectrum.

White marble is a great and a really classic choice. Like many classics, it comes with a price. This option is prone to discoloration and scratches.

Wood is perfect for the kitchen where there are plenty of foods that are being prepared. This countertop can be put to hard work. Rejuvenating a wood countertop is as simple as sanding it. You do have to be conscious of not sitting hot cookware on it. The same goes for promptly cleaning up any vinegar that gets on the countertop. It’s also important to apply mineral oil to the surface on a regular basis.

Soapstone is a less common but really great option. This countertop is resistant to heat and stains. You do need to regularly apply mineral oil to soapstone. The reason soapstone is not seen in tons of homes is it’s the most expensive option on this list.

Ideas for Making Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly

Coat any new additions to your kitchen with BluWood. This will protect new wood against mold without releasing any harmful chemicals into your home.

Open up your kitchen with natural lighting. Opting for energy-efficient options will cut down on how much electricity your home uses. It will also keep more money in your pocket.

Brighten up your kitchen by bringing in fresh flowers on a regular basis.

Stop doing your own dishes. Many people don’t realize that putting their dishes directly in the dishwasher and then running it when it’s full uses less water and energy than washing them by hand. What’s great about this change is it also saves you time.

Consider using bamboo for your kitchen cabinets. Cork is another eco-friendly material you can use in your kitchen.

Now that you’ve decided that you are going to upgrade your kitchen with new cabinets, you are probably interested in finding some expert advice on making this process as easy as possible. To get started on the right track, find out more about what you can learn from Zach Hunt at Huntwood Industries by going to Spokane Remodeling and Cabinets Spokane.

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