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Circular Design For Your Kitchen

It is worthwhile familiarising yourself with the principles of circular design while planning an interior, especially if renovating a space purchased on the secondary market, or in a move to an already furnished apartment, or simply if the need is to transform an existing kitchen into a new one. With that said, we can consider some of the steps you can take to achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly kitchen.

Make use of available resources: Begin with what you already have

Before: The kitchen layout was no longer suitable due to the evolving demands of the household.
After: The kitchen was relocated to another part of the house and opened up to the living room, IKEA cabinets were incorporated into the new design.

It is advisable to start the makeover by analysing the layout of the existing kitchen, keeping in mind the needs of the household members. This is an opportunity to improve the use of the space, perhaps by moving existing kitchen cabinets to another room or opening up the kitchen to the living room. Additionally, it might be possible to use components recovered from other projects to create the most local possible source of materials for the renovation.

Investing in sustainability: Replace elements with more durable ones

Before: The kitchen was not suitable for the aesthetics of the new owners.
After: The existing arrangement was maintained with fronts replaced, upper cabinets became panels with open shelves.

A change of kitchen fronts offers an opportunity to furnish the interior in line with one’s own style and nature, especially when choosing materials such as wood and veneer. If retaining the existing cabinets and replacing the worktop, consider using a more durable material such as damage-resistant stone. Adding new fronts to the kitchen will allow it to match the rest of the house on a visual level. Such consistency is particularly important when the kitchen area is open to the living area.

Pure fronts and Shelving Unit from the Norwegian Wood collection, American Walnut

For a lightweight design without sacrificing storage space, custom-made wall panels with open shelves or a Shelving Unit may be used in place of hanging cabinets. In contrast, Wooden Drawers can help organise the less convenient lower shelves in METOD cabinets and enhance the quality of the kitchen from the inside.

Sustainability: Ensure energy and water savings

Blade fronts, Norwegian Wood collection, Natural Oak
Pure fronts and panelled shelves, Norwegian Wood collection, American Walnut

With an energy-efficient kitchen being one way to be environmentally conscious, choose appliances with low energy consumption: install LED lighting and consider installing water-saving systems. Fine quality kitchen appliances may be retained and perhaps repositioned in a renovation, for example, the oven moved higher for more comfortable access, or the fridge built into the fronts.

The kitchen got more light and the warmth of natural oak after the makeover. See Max and Nico's kitchen metamorphosis on Instagram.

Since every kitchen is individual, the principles of circular design should be adapted to your own requirements and possibilities. Durable and easily renewable materials ensure a long service life and reduce the necessity for frequent replacement. With a sustainable approach, you can enjoy an aesthetically pleasing and functional kitchen without interfering with the environment.

Create environmentally friendly kitchen