Open Plan vs Closed Plan Kitchens

If you or one of your clients is in the design phase of a dream kitchen, then you are probably involved in some kind of open plan vs closed plan kitchen discussion. People who are looking for a more minimalistic, modern approach may go down the open plan route – whereas people looking for something more traditional tend to go for more private, closed off areas. Here we will discuss the pros and cons of both.

Open Plan Kitchen

Open plan kitchens tend to be a popular option for people who have smaller homes as they can make spaces appear larger than they really are. It creates additional space for furniture and storage, as well as seating areas. It also gives you the chance to interact more as a family. If one person is in the living area – and the other is in the kitchen, you can still chat to one another. If the area is also going to be used as a space for entertaining, then it will make more room for guests. It means everyone can socialise with one another without having to go off in different rooms. In terms of an investment, it can also boost the value of your home if you ever plan to resell.

There are of course some negatives when it comes to open plan kitchens. Sound travels much more easily, as do smells as there are no doors or walls to act as a barrier. If you want to encourage a space that’s cozy and quiet – it might not be the right option for you.

Closed Plan Kitchen

If you have a closed plan kitchen, this means that there is a space that is private. You won’t hear noise from other areas such as TVs or games consoles – and it can be more tranquil as a whole. It also means that you will have more wall space to personalise and decorate your kitchen. If you have kids, then this could be a good option as it means that the mess is contained – and less likely to spread to other areas of your home. In terms of ongoing costs, it’s much more cost-effective to heat smaller rooms than larger open spaces.

It does leave less room for hosting and entertaining, but that may not matter to you if it’s meant to be used as just a family space. The initial cost for a closed plan kitchen is usually less, and requires a smaller investment.

Things to Consider

When deciding between an open v closed plan kitchen – there are lots of things to consider such as:

  • Do you use the space to host events regularly?
  • How much time do you spend in your kitchen?
  • Do you have feature walls as part of your décor elsewhere?
  • Are you more a traditionalist – or do you prefer a modern approach?
  • Is your Home Noisy or Quiet?

Hopefully this will give you a better idea as to which is the best for your kitchen remodeling project.  Contact us for your free quote on our custom built, factory kitchens.