The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in any home, whether it is a manufactured home or a traditional one. How much you enjoy using your kitchen will depend on how functional and inviting it is.
- Does the layout help you work efficiently?
- Are your appliances in good working order?
- Do you have sufficient storage space?
- Does your kitchen have the finishing touches to make it an aesthetically pleasing space?
If you’re answering “No” to any of these questions, then a mobile home kitchen remodel may be just the thing to do.
But, wait! Before you spring into action, here are a few things you should consider.
How big is your mobile home kitchen remodeling job going to be?
When planning for the remodel, try to include all the details of what you want to get done. This will help to ensure you get the desired results instead of something that looks sloppy and haphazard. It will also prevent the cost of your project from snowballing out of control.
Remember that any remodeling that affects the structure of your mobile home is best done by a qualified and certified contractor.
How much space do you have to work with?
The amount of space will depend on the size and model of your mobile home. Single-wide mobile homes generally have less kitchen space than double-wide mobile homes. Single-wides tend to have eat-in kitchens while double-wides often have a separate dining area.
For a single-wide mobile home kitchen remodel, you will have to take its smaller, more cramped kitchen space into consideration. For a double-wide mobile home kitchen remodel, working with more space means you will need more material – paint, tiles, etc. You will have more options, however, as to what you can include in your kitchen.
Laying out your mobile home kitchen for success
Every kitchen has a work zone, sometimes called the work triangle. It’s the area between your kitchen’s three most important stations – its sink, stove, and fridge. Laying out your kitchen for maximum efficiency means having a work zone that lets you move unhindered from one of the three stations to the next. Your remodel should aim to improve the efficiency, not reduce it (e.g. inserting an island into the middle of it). Also keep in mind that changing layout too drastically could require replumbing or rewiring — a significant expense.
Choosing the right mobile home kitchen features
Changing out and even upgrading some of your kitchen appliances can give your kitchen a brand new, updated look. For instance, replacing a stained, chipped, and battered old sink with a shiny, new, stainless steel sink can make a world of difference.
If a completely new sink isn’t in your budget, then how about simply upgrading the faucet? Star Mobile offers several faucets with sprayer options that fit well into any décor.
Also, your budget may not be able to cover getting a new stove or fridge as part of your mobile home kitchen remodel. You could squeeze them in, however, if you go with scratch-and-dent options. Depending on where they are placed, you can actually hide their flaws and have a “cheap” scratch-and-dent item looking totally pristine.
One place you won’t want to cut corners, however, is with your range hood. It serves a much-needed safety function, ventilating your mobile home kitchen. If yours needs replacing, go with a solid brand – like the Ventline selections you can get at Star Mobile.
Budgeting Tip: If you are changing out some of your appliances, consider selling the ones that are still in good condition. You could make a little extra cash to go toward how much you can spend on the remodel.
Other features that will affect your mobile home kitchen remodel
The sink, stove, and fridge are the basics in every kitchen. There are several other features, however, that help to make your kitchen a more user-friendly space. How important each one is to you will depend on how you use your kitchen.
If you have plenty of pots, pans, and utensils, then you will likely need lots of storage space. Installing a hanging pot rack or adding open cabinet end shelves could make up for having fewer cabinets in a single-wide mobile home, are two awesome ideas.
Your kitchen will definitely need to have sufficient seating, especially if it’s an eat-in kitchen in a single-wide mobile home. Stationary or swivel stools, chairs with or without padding — the possibilities are almost endless.
Adding handy, new appliances is a great way to improve the efficiency of your kitchen. You can find many common kitchen appliances in designer looks to complement your personal style and your kitchen’s décor.
Smart appliances are another option to consider and they aren’t only for the tech-savvy. Many are easy to control with downloaded apps on your smartphone. They are super convenient and may not be as expensive as you think!
Adding those finishing touches
There are plenty of low-cost remodeling ideas that can help to give your kitchen the look and feel of a major remodel. Here are a few suggestions:
- Add more lights to brighten the space for food prep and eating.
- Install under-cabinet lighting. They are chic, energy-efficient, and inexpensive.
- Give walls a fresh coat of paint – sometimes it’s all the remodeling you need!
- Add an accent color, whether with tiles, paint, or new trim.
- Install new light switch covers and new outlet covers.
- Change the knobs or pulls on cabinets and cupboards.
Budgeting Tip: For things that are still structurally sound, consider leaving them in place rather than replacing them. Your kitchen cabinet, for instance, could look brand new and upgraded with a good paint job and new knobs/pulls.
Mobile Home Kitchen Remodeling with Star Mobile
The kitchen is a great place to show off your personal style. Remodeling your mobile home kitchen lets you do just that. However, your kitchen should be more than just stylish. It should also be functional, regardless of its size.
Star Mobile offers a variety of sinks, faucets, range hoods, and other kitchen fixtures that are both functional AND stylish. We also carry a wide range of parts and accessories for installation, maintenance, and repair to help make your mobile home kitchen remodel a success.
Who knows - with the confidence you gain from remodeling your mobile home kitchen, sprucing up the bathroom could be next!