The Importance of Seating Space
It is essential to select the right chairs or stools to compliment your counter. Luckily, there are simple size guidelines to follow for certainty that size and furniture selection meets the needs of the family.
Counter and Chair Width and Space
If you have already selected or installed an island or peninsula, measure the length of your counter. This will help you decide how many seats you can have or help you select the correct chair in terms of its width.
In order to avoid cramped seating and elbow-bumping at the counter, measure a chair or stool at its widest point to determine the needed space.
The following sizes are recommended:
Chairs or stools from 16 to 18 inches wide will need 21 to 22 inches of counter space.
Chairs or stools from 19 to 22 inches wide will need 24 to 25 inches of counter space.
Tip: Add a few inches of space if you select chairs or stools that swivel or have arms.
Alternately, if you haven’t yet installed an island or peninsula, this guide can still assist you in determining the size you will need. Perhaps you want to have seating for. Assuming that you want a stool that is about 19 inches wide for, you would calculate your desired counter space to be a minimum of 48 inches long.
Determining Chair Height
To determine the height of the chairs or stools you will need to sit comfortably, first measure the height of your counter. Then, consider the chair or stool recommended measurements to be from the floor to the seat.
If your counter is 28 inches to 30 inches high, select a chair or stool that is approximately 18 inches high.
If your counter is 36 inches to 39 inches high, select a chair or stool that is approximately 24 to 26 inches high.
If your counter top is 40 inches to 42 inches high, select a chair or stool that is approximately 28 to 30 inches high.
These simple guidelines should help you make the most out of your kitchen renovation. Making the right choices for your kitchen’s new look and style can be exciting. Making the most out of your space for the comfort of your family and friends is a great feeling and something that will make you proud of your home.
Reuse what you can
Many people think they have to reinvent the wheel when they remodel a kitchen and bath by demolishing everything and starting from scratch. But that’s very expensive and it’s also not necessary. There often are opportunities to reuse existing things in your kitchen and bath. For instance, if you have a perfectly good floor that is still in good shape, make your remodel conform to it to save money. The same goes for anything else. You can reface cabinets instead of replacing them. And there is no need to replace your toilet if it still works OK and will match with the rest of your remodel.
Do some work yourself
In many cases, the labor involved in a remodel project costs as much or more than the materials used. So one way to save money on your remodel is to do some of the work yourself. You might agree to do your own demolition and haul away of debris and appliances. Or you can agree to cleanup after the workers are done or to do your own painting. If you do any of these things on your own it is likely to save you hundreds of dollars.
Don’t move utility lines
One of the ways to rack up costs quickly on your kitchen or bath remodel is to design it in such a way that it requires moving water, gas or electrical connections. Having to do that can be extremely expensive and also will add time to your remodel. You should design your remodel in such a way that you avoid having to move any of those utilities.