Kitchen Planning

Prepare for your next kitchen project by discovering our planning ideas & tips.


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All About Kitchen Vent Hoods

An essential partner to your range, kitchen hood vents are workhorses that help keep your air clean. Here’s how to choose the right one.
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10 Organization Ideas for Small Kitchens

It's easy for a small kitchen to feel cluttered. Here, we share 10 organization tips to get the extra space you need without tearing down walls.
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When is the Best Time to Buy Large Appliances For Your Home?

When your appliance is on its last leg, you have no choice but to replace it right away. However, if you have some time to make the decision, it’s ideal to buy at the best times of the year. Here is a guide to seasonal purchases for appliances.
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Best Kitchen and Bath Products from KBIS

From well-priced finds to splurge-worthy upgrades, our picks for the best of what’s new bring function and flair to the most-used rooms in your house.
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Best Kitchen Shelves (2023 Guide)

If you’re strapped for space in your kitchen or don’t have a dedicated pantry, additional shelving will help maximize usable space. Find the best kitchen shelves with our top recommendations.
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A Buyer's Guide to Induction Ranges

This latest generation of electric cookers is sleek, precise, and better for you (and the planet). Here’s what to know before bringing one home.
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Before and After: Kitchen Island Design Ideas

No, we’re not suggesting less time at the stove. We’re highlighting smart layout fixes for circulation problems. A key strategy: the right island design.

All About Ready-to-Assemble Cabinets

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, cabinets take a big chunk of the budget. An alternative to traditional factory-built boxes, RTA cabinets promise big savings in exchange for some sweat equity.

The Best Backsplash Materials for Your Kitchen

Backsplashes are the decorative focal point of your kitchen. From ceramic tile to wood, here are the best backsplash materials to choose from.

Plan the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

There are some important factors to consider when planning your outdoor kitchen.

All About Ceramic Subway Tile

Add visual interest in your bathroom or kitchen with this versatile household staple.

What to Know About Non-Toxic Kitchen Cabinets

Protect your health by choosing one of these non-toxic materials for your cabinets.

How to Refinish Cabinets Without Sanding

Want to save time on a kitchen update? Consider painting your kitchen cabinets without having to sand them first. Read our tips to learn how.

Read This Before Hiring a Kitchen Designer

You’ve finally decided it’s time to say "goodbye" to those laminate countertops and that puny white refrigerator. Here’s how a professional kitchen designer can help make the kitchen you’ve envisioned come to life

Open House | Kitchen Renovations

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discusses how kitchen renovations can impact a house budget

Remodeling Your Kitchen? Read This!

Before you embark on your remodel, check out our list of spend-smart strategies to get the kitchen you covet—within your budget.

Pot Rack Shopping Guide

Keep pots at the ready with this kitchen-storage upgrade. Starting at $42

All About Farmhouse Sinks

You spend more time at the kitchen sink than the stove, so why not invest in one of these capacious attention-getters? But first, take a moment to master their surprising nuances

31 Best New Kitchen and Bath Finds

From a luxury soaker to a mini stand mixer, here are some standouts from the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, plus a few discoveries of our own

Butterfly Hinges Perfect for Cabinet Upgrades

Try these symmetrical, surface-mount hinges on inset cabinet doors in need of a style metamorphosis

How to Choose a Countertop

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner select a new countertop

4 Universal-Design Ideas for Comfortable Kitchens

Interior-design advice on creating an accessible cook space
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How to Build a Takeout Menu Holder

A wall-mount organizer—with a chalkboard surface—is a tidy alternative to a cluttered drawer

All About Wood Countertops

From types of wood to maintenance, our experts help you weigh your options before putting in a wood kitchen countertop.

All About Pro-Style Ranges

Pick the right high end range for your space, cooking style, and budget.

Quartz Countertops: Buying Guide, Costs, and Care

With the look of natural stone, minus the maintenance, quartz countertops give granite a run for its money.

All About Stone Countertops

The experts at This Old House explain how to find a quarried countertop that suits your home, your budget, and your cooking style

All About Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are multipurpose units that can enhance a kitchen's utility and appearance. Find our best kitchen island ideas here.

All About Kitchen Faucets

For a quick and easy upgrade in a house's most popular room, nothing makes a bigger impact with less sweat and expense than replacing an outdated faucet

All About Laminate

The stuff of retro 1950s kitchens is looking cool again, thanks to new patterns and vibrant colors.

All About Kitchen Cabinets

More than just storage for pots and plates, cabinetry defines the look of your cook space. The experts at This Old House help you pick the right style for your budget and your needs

10 Tips for Tile Backsplashes

Make an affordable and stylish upgrade to your kitchen

Health-Conscious Kitchen Cabinets

Why a pediatrician mom chose nontoxic kitchen cabinets for her young family's vintage home