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The Future of Kitchen Design (Post-COVID)

It's been almost a year living through the pandemic. Whether you’re making your morning coffee at home, running errands online, or spending more time alone, there’s no doubt that COVID 19 has shaped the way we behave.

There’s no doubt that the future of kitchen design will look different in a post COVID 19 world. So far there have been 3 major kitchen-related changes that we have had to adopt on a moment's notice.

First, we have been forced to alter the way we shop, store, and prepare food. Second, we have more time at home to get organized, tackle lingering projects, and sanitize our homes. Finally, we have had to change the way we interact and socialize with family, friends, and colleagues.

Here are the top 10 long-term ways COVID19 will change kitchen design going forward.

It’s no secret that online retail sales is the wave of the future. For over a decade we have grown more comfortable ordering everything online. Now many consumers don’t have a choice. The COVID 19 pandemic has punctuated the importance of online retail sales.

When nearly all stores had to close their doors, AJ Madison was prepared. For nearly two decades AJ Madison has been helping customers shop for appliances and home essentials online. As a top internet retailer, it was relatively easy to shift to an online-only store. The AJ Madison website is easy to navigate, and shop for all home appliances and promotions.

AJ Madison is still completing deliveries everywhere in the continental US. Customers can browse the industry’s largest selection of appliances with over 140 brands to choose from. Simply order online, or you can set up an appointment with an appliance professional by phone, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Facetime.
Instead of going to the store every day, we’re buying and storing more food at home. Refrigerators are essential for short term fresh food storage and leftovers. Freezers are important for longer term preservation and frozen goods.

When designing kitchens in the future, we’re going to pay more attention to refrigerator and freezer capacity. Here are a few pro tips for getting more refrigerator and freezer capacity in your kitchen:
Full depth refrigerators are freestanding refrigerators with a case depth of 28 to 30 inches. They come in all the popular configurations like top freezer, bottom freezer, side-by-side, and French door styles. Full depth refrigerators can give you anywhere from 18 to 30 cubic feet of storage space. Full depth refrigerators give you more cubic capacity than counter depth and built-in styles, and they’re less expensive.

The only downside is refrigerator depth. Full depth refrigerators stick out of a standard cabinet 6 to 8 inches, which can be an eye-sore. Having a lot of refrigerator depth can be a challenge as you can sometimes lose food items in the back of the fridge.

In all, I think full depth refrigerators will become more popular in years to come. Design professionals will need to get crafty about hiding the extra depth. But you’ll be happy you have that extra capacity!
Columns are a more upscale way to add extra storage space to your kitchen. If you’re going for a luxurious look, consider these all-refrigerator and all-freezer towers that can be mixed and matched to give you an optimal amount of storage space. Install them side-by-side or separated, whichever works best with your design.
Under counter refrigerators are tremendously popular already. Under counter refrigerators are a stylish addition to any kitchen, pantry, living area, outdoor entertainment space, master suite, or home office. If your main refrigerator isn’t enough, you can get some extra capacity under the counter.
Getting an extra freezer can come in handy. Whether you want to stockpile extra frozen dinners, chicken, bread, ice cream, or leftovers, you can keep extra meals handy. An upright freezer or small chest freezer can tuck into a large pantry. If you need more storage space, get a bigger freezer for your garage or basement.
Many households have an extra refrigerator to accommodate extra food storage. Whether it’s your old refrigerator, or an inexpensive scratch and dent piece, adding an extra refrigerator to your garage, basement, or bonus room can come in handy.
Home cooking
3. More Cooking at Home
There are some positive benefits to cooking at home. Home cooked meals can be fun and creative. Get your family, and kids involved in the kitchen. Eating at home will also help you save money and possibly, lose weight.

New kitchens will be designed for healthy meals, food prep stations, and storing leftovers. You might also find yourself using those fun small appliances like your juicer, slow cooker, ice cream maker, or food processor.

Investing in a high-quality set of food storage containers will reduce food waste. Look for dishwasher friendly, stain resistant, freezer safe, and even oven-safe options. Leftovers are more appealing when stored in a high-quality container.
Pantry Storage
4. Cabinet Space, Pantry, and Dry Food Storage
Having a well-organized area to store non perishable items will be a top priority for consumers going forward. Whether it’s open shelves, extra cabinet space, or even a walk-in pantry, you’ll want to make sure you have ample storage.

From COVID 19 we’ve learned that keeping an organized pantry is key for easier home cooked meals. Dry goods such as rice, beans, grains, and oats are a low cost way to feed your family. Elevate your cooking game with a hidden pull-out rack for spices and dry herbs. Airtight storage containers are a great way to store baking ingredients, cereal, loose leaf teas, and coffee.
Over the last few weeks, we have been more mindful about cleaning our homes. We are taking extra time to disinfect heavily trafficked areas such as our kitchen, bathroom, car, and workspaces. We’ve been reminded that germs, bacteria, and viruses linger on door knobs, keyboards, refrigerator handles, buttons, and knobs.

New kitchens will be designed with cleanability in mind. Low maintenance cabinet finishes, faucets, tile, and fixtures will be a top priority. For appliances, that means coated finishes like smudge-resistant stainless steel will become more popular. Consumers will look for countertops that are non-porous, scratch resistant, stain resistant and even antimicrobial.
Whether we like it or not, technology is making its way into our homes. Before the pandemic, this trend was already on the rise for a number of reasons. Smart appliances help consumers troubleshoot service problems, reduce food waste, and explore new recipes.

Smart cooking appliances can be beneficial for seasoned chefs and home cooking newbies. For the experienced home cook, a smart oven can serve as your sous chef, keeping time providing guard rails against failure in the kitchen.

If you’re new to cooking, you’ll benefit from step-by-step cooking instructions. If you’re a picky eater, consider an integrated cooking app like Innit or Yummly where you can enter your food preferences. You can even connect your oven to your phone or smart speaker, order groceries online, video chat with friends and family and even share your dinner masterpieces on social media.

Some smart refrigerators give you the ability to keep a running grocery list. From your refrigerator you can order groceries online. Your smart refrigerator can also help you prevent fresh foods from going bad. If an item will expire, your refrigerator can recommend recipes to help you use it before it’s too late.
If you can, always opt for a dishwasher, washer, and dryer with a sanitize cycle. Appliances with the best sanitation cycles are certified by the National Sanitation Foundation or NSF. A sanitize cycle is a hot water cycle designed to reduce bacteria, mold, allergens, and viruses. For washers a sanitize cycle runs typically about 170° F. Sanitizing appliances are designed to keep your family safer.

For large kitchens and homes, it’s convenient to have more than one dishwasher. Whether the extra dishwasher is in the kitchen, bar area, guest suite, or even outdoor entertainment space, having extra cleaning capacity is an added convenience.

In addition there are more cleaning appliances that have been beneficial for healthy living. Air purifiers, air conditioners, and HEPA vacuum cleaners eliminate dust, allergens, and harmful pollutants. If you’re designing a laundry room, consider adding a styler. Stylers steam and sanitize delicate items like formalwear, throw pillows, and stuffed animals.
The weather is getting warmer and we’re getting closer to gardening season. If you’re lucky, you have a safe space to catch some fresh air like a yard or balcony. Many Americans are tired of getting cooped up inside.

If you’re planning a home improvement project, you will want to also upgrade your yard to spend time outside with your family and friends. Consider adding a barbecue grill, outdoor furniture, lawn games, a patio heater, fire pit, or even a home garden.

In some parts of the country, consumers are running supermarket shelves dry. COVID 19 proved that our food supply is limited. Starting a home gardening project is a great way to get home grown veggies and save money. You can store your homegrown produce with a long-term food preservation technique like flash freezing or canning.
For many Americans COVID 19 caused massive economic implications. For many, money's too tight for a home improvement project. Yet, as we sit around our homes day after day, there could be some room in the budget for a few small upgrades.

Replacing your old energy-hogging appliances can actually save you money in the long run. Consider an easy to replace appliance such as a freestanding refrigerator, front control range, faucet, or dishwasher. There are many fun appliance finishes for a fresh new look. Stainless steel is forever, but consider alternatives like slate, black stainless, sunset bronze, tuscan brass, or matte white.

You can also easily upgrade the color palette in your kitchen. A new coat of paint on your walls or cabinets can give your kitchen new life. Bright colors are in. If you’re looking for a subtle pop of color consider new curtains, rugs, or dish towels. If you’re looking for a more ambitious project, add a tile backsplash. Adding tile could be a fun DIY weekend project, and will elevate the value of your kitchen.
All of your large appliances serve critical roles in your home. They’re made to make our lives easier. Appliances are more than utilitarian boxes, with many styles and features. However, at the end of the day, your refrigerator needs to keep your food fresh, your dishwasher needs to clean, stove to cook, and microwave to reheat.

It’s worth keeping your appliances running for years to come. In order to do that, you need to make sure you’re taking the necessary measures to take care of your appliances over time. Over the years, most appliances will require maintenance. If your appliance needs service, it pays to have a warranty in place. Investing in a warranty at the time of sale will give you peace of mind, and will save you hundreds of dollars.