Your kitchen can be one of the most difficult rooms in the house to keep warm. Cold floors, draughty cupboards and open windows (when something is burning in the oven) can all contribute to this. If you want to keep your kitchen warm without radiators taking up vital space then here are some alternative ideas for you.
One of the most popular but also the priciest of all the ideas. Underfloor heating is a great way of keeping your kitchen warm without having to sacrifice wall space for radiators. The great thing is that it can combat those chilly feet that are a regular occurrence on kitchen floors. It can also save you money in the long run as it is more efficient than many other heating options, as long as you know how and when to use it properly. This option will more than likely involve pulling up the floor however, so is best considered before all the kitchen units go in!
A range cooker
Range cookers are those big appliances that seem to suit any style of kitchen; country or modern. A lot of people opt for these as a way of cooking their food (obviously) but also to keep their home warm. Depending on the type of range cooker you go for, you can save a fortune in heating bills and energy. Back in the old days they actually used to use their range cookers for heating the home and even drying the washing. Now a lot of people see them as a gorgeous accessory in their kitchen but they still have all the same good qualities as they did back then.
It may seem like a bit of an odd thing to think about, but the layout of your kitchen can make a big difference to how hot or cold it is. Snug kitchens will tend to be a lot warmer than big open spaces with minimal furniture. I’m not saying you need to cram your kitchen with lots of bits and pieces just to stay warm, but here are some layout tips to bear in mind:
- Keep your cooker central. That way it can give off heat throughout the kitchen as opposed to just one area of the room.
- If you get cold feet and don’t want to invest in underfloor heating then consider some kind of rug on the floor. There are plenty of different designs that can match your kitchen’s style and will keep your feet toasty.
- Clinical is cold. Unless your number one priority is the way it looks and not the way it feels then try to avoid stainless steel worktops and that generally clinical design.
- Keep your friends close. Seating in the kitchen is a great way of turning it into a social area but will also keep in the warmth. If everyone can sit down and chat in one room then the heat will soon rise!
Hopefully you’ll now have some alternative ideas for keeping your kitchen warm! If you’re planning a refit or just a shuffle around of furniture then bear these tips in mind whilst you do.