33 Hilarious Kitchen Renovation Fails
Are you the kind of person who notices when things look a little off in the homes of friends and family? It could be a set of drawers that's impossible to open, a ventilation pipe leading nowhere, or even a bathtub that's located, for whatever reason, inside the kitchen. These embarrassing kitchen fails can also be a lesson for everyone else on what to avoid.
Warning: if you’re an interior designer or a design enthusiast, the images below just might make you snap.
The kitchen counter is where friends and family gather to snack, chat and prepare food. It's one of the most important parts of any kitchen, so good and functional design is a must. When homeowners insist on customizing their countertops, however, things can go terribly wrong.
The Microwave Won’t Open—Send Help!
The microwave is one of the most useful inventions of the 20th century. An appliance this important should be put in an easily accessible place. It can take some organization to find the perfect location, but sometimes things just don't go as planned.
Double Ventilation Is Overkill
Having proper ventilation in the kitchen is essential. An effective ventilation system helps keep the kitchen free of odors and health contaminants. If you’ve ever fried food in your home and you can still smell it the next day, then your ventilation system likely isn’t working. Ventilation hoods and windows are two great ways to make sure air is circulating through your kitchen properly.
The Drawer That Won’t Open
Storing your kitchen gadgets in drawers will make your life simpler and your kitchen less cluttered. It’s amazing how much more organized your kitchen can be with proper storage. However, storage solutions are only as useful as they are functional.
The Support Beam in the Middle of the Kitchen
Support beams are often essential to the structural integrity of a room, but they can also contribute to the ambiance of a room. While decorative beams can be placed almost anywhere, essential beams need to be factored into the design plans. Word to the wise: Sometimes it’s best to enlist the help of the pros.
The Too-Small Kitchen Island
Don’t you just hate it when you run out of counter space while cooking or preparing meals? Contractors often suggest adding kitchen islands to solve for that problem. Pro tip: Kitchen islands should be large enough to actually fix the storage and space issues.
Drawers Are Only for Decoration Now
Installing drawers doesn’t have to be that difficult. There are plenty of video tutorials, DIY guides, and helpful tips and tricks online to help. However, without proper measurements, things can go horribly wrong.
The Confused Vent
Having a range hood in your kitchen is important. But it’s not enough to just have one — it has to actually connect to a ventilation system. Sounds simple, right?
The Best Place to Take a Bath Is….in the Kitchen?
There are some things every kitchen needs...and other things that belong elsewhere in the home. For example: You definitely need food, a stove and a sink to have a working kitchen. But a bathtub? Not so much.
Where’s the Fridge?
One of the largest kitchen appliances is the fridge, so finding the perfect place to put it can be difficult. Kitchen designs only work when there’s a place for everything. But if you don’t plan ahead, you might have to get creative sometimes.
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Doors Weren’t Meant to Be Opened
Many homeowners love having a lot of cabinets and drawers in their kitchen for storage. It’s easy to start building cabinets and drawers, but harder to know when to stop. Sometimes, less is more.
Make Sure to Own Only One Dish
Kitchen sinks come in different lengths, widths and depths.They are among the most frequently used things in the house, so they’re not something you want to skimp on. If you have a large sink, you'll have less clutter and fewer problems.
The Awkward Coffee Maker
Many kitchens have a home brewing station where family and guests can enjoy a nice cup of coffee. It's the best part of the morning for coffee lovers. Making coffee at home is a great way to save money — but not if you install your coffee maker into the wall.
Where Do You Stand for a Sideways Sink?
The sink is a kitchen staple — no kitchen is complete without one. Most people will tell you to choose a sink style that works for you. However, the one hard-and-fast rule is that you have to be able to actually use it.
Yet Another Failed Sink
Many homeowners have more things than they need in the kitchen. For example, some folks want two sinks close to each other, which is understandable. What’s less understandable is wanting two sinks that are far apart.
The Missing Stove
In the kitchen, the oven is where the magic happens, whether you’re cooking up a Thanksgiving feast or indulging a late-night craving for fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Without an oven, your kitchen is going to feel empty.
I’ll Have A Martini
Remember when homeowners put functional sinks in their kitchen? These days, kitchen sinks are becoming smaller and smaller (and less practical). One thing you’ve probably never seen before is a tiny martini-shaped sink.
Does Double the Ovens Mean Double the Fun?
Having an oven makes life much easier. You’ll need one if you want to impress guests with your baking skills. With that said, one oven should be enough for a kitchen.
“Super Mario Bros.” Would Be Proud
What does your dream kitchen look like? Many homeowners choose design elements that reflect their personalities and lifestyles. Whether you’re going for an ultra-modern, bohemian or farmhouse style in your kitchen, it’s a good idea to run your ideas by a professional designer before fully committing.
Perfect for Avoiding Others
Columns can add some architectural flair to a kitchen. Many architects include columns at the end of kitchen counters for a more cohesive look. However, when homeowners decide to DIY a decorative column, there’s so much that can go wrong.
An Explosion of Color
The right color scheme can help make a room feel warm and welcoming. Kitchen experts say white, gray and blue are popular color choices. But some homeowners have a difficult time picking the right colors, and the struggle shows in the results.
What Happens When You Forget to Use a Tape Measure
Taking careful measurements is an essential step in the kitchen design process, especially for large appliances like the fridge and oven. When homeowners forget to measure their space carefully, they set themselves up for disaster.
Let’s Stick to One Color
One easy way to freshen up your kitchen is to change the color scheme. While professional designers recommend choosing several complementary colors to refresh the space, not everyone follows this advice.
The Problem with Open-Concept Kitchens
Another large appliance that needs to be planned for is the oven. If homeowners don't map out the layout of the kitchen before buying an oven, they may struggle to find the best spot. These homeowners decided the perfect place for their oven was in the middle of the kitchen.
Even Safe Choices Can End in Disaster
Any kitchen remodel comes with some degree of risk. There’s a lot that can go wrong. You might think that a popular material like pine will look great in your home, but you could also be wrong about that. Just because something looks great on Pinterest doesn’t mean that it’s going to work in every home.
Don’t Look Outside
We don’t need to explain the value of having windows to your home. Windows can provide a room with fresh air, natural light and a welcome view of the outdoors. A lack of windows can make a room seem smaller than it actually is.
What’s the Fridge Doing There?
Sometimes, homeowners and professional designers forget about the fridge. How could that happen? We have no idea, but it does! In those cases, you must improvise the best way you can. The people responsible for this kitchen didn't try hard enough to make the fridge fit in at all.
Bathroom Within Walking Distance
Having a bathroom near the kitchen is convenient because it's a short walk away. Putting a toilet in the kitchen is a different story. This is wrong on many levels. How do you explain the toilet while you're entertaining guests or trying to impress a date?
Let’s Put Our Wedding Pictures in the Kitchen
Many couples display their wedding pictures in the bedroom, living room or hallway. One couple thought printing their wedding photos onto the kitchen wall was the best choice. We do believe the photos' location is hard to ignore.
Pillow Fight in the Kitchen
How much do you love the upholstery on your fancy throw pillows, couches or seats in your car? These homeowners' love for upholstery inspired their kitchen renovation.
“Good” Sink or Haunted Sink?
Homeowners often store their formal dinnerware or "good" china in cabinets. On special occasions, they bring out the fancy plates. Well, these homeowners think their sink is special enough to put in a cabinet too. Do you think they're only allowed to use the "good" sink when guests are over?