Contemporary kitchens common all different sizes, designs, and even square footage. If you are thinking about expanding the kitchen in your home, or you are looking to make basic upgrades, some research should be performed on your end first. It isn’t very hard to get confused, because the average American kitchen has differing square footage measurements (some are as small as 150 ft.², while others are as big as 700 ft.², if not bigger)!
Let’s go over what the average actually is, what its relation is to a home’s size, and the reason differing figures exist, to begin with.
The Average Square Footage of the Kitchen
When kitchen size averages are being compared, you’ll need to consider a few aspects. To begin with, the size of an average kitchen has changed throughout the years. What was considered big in the middle of the 20th century might not be big enough for a contemporary home. Secondly, “average” is a term that is relative when it comes to the square footage of the home. Thirdly, the way the industry influences consumer perception plays a key role.
The Size of an Average Kitchen in the Middle of the 20th Century
Anytime you look at home layouts or photographs from either the early 20th century or the middle of it, the first thing that you’ll notice is probably a kitchen’s size. In comparison to a lot of contemporary options, kitchens that preceded them certainly look smaller. Older kitchens generally averaged out to approximately 80 ft.². The expansion of a kitchen’s size is in sync with culture changes and home sizes. Years ago, kitchens were simply a practical place to prepare food in. Today, people intentionally spend time in kitchens for reasons that don’t involve food. Some even have TVs and radios in them. Large homes come with large kitchens, and for that reason, it isn’t easy to determine what an average kitchen floor plan size is.
The Average Home Size Correlates with the Average Kitchen Size
No universal ruling exists for what a kitchen size average should be. The size of your house is the only boundary to how big your kitchen has the potential to be. On home improvement television shows, kitchens are generally the episodes’ centerpiece. That’s because all sorts of people stand to profit from people willing to spend money on kitchen remodeling projects. The figures below reveal several kitchen size averages.
720 ft.²: “Home Company” reports this number, though it is only reflective of houses that are newly constructed (which are approximately 4800 ft.²). For a visual of how big a home of this size is, check out these comparable flooring plans. Clearly, a kitchen 720 ft.² is the average size for large homes.
Between 180 and 440 ft.²: kitchens of this size are often seen in newer homes.
225 ft.²: according to Pi Consulting, a kitchen of this size can be found in the average household throughout the country.
175 ft.² to 200 ft.²: some homes combine their kitchens with their dining rooms to form a sort of common area. By doing this, the kitchen’s overall size is increased, and functionality is subsequently achieved. However, the room can’t really be called a “kitchen” since it has the addition of a dining area.
100 ft.²: this is a conventional benchmark (10 by 10) often used by those in the cabinetry industry. It’s typically used to calculate renovation project costs.
70 ft.² +: this is the average size of a small kitchen, according to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association. They are typically seen in smaller apartments, condos, and houses.
As you can see from the figures above, the term “average” is relative. The average for some homes wouldn’t be the same average for others. The average size of a home is just as important of a factor. The average house size isn’t 4800 ft.²; it is 2392 ft.². The average kitchen size (between 10% and 15% of flooring space in total) in a typical home is between 240 ft.² and 360 ft.². This figure excludes apartments and condos – in such habitats, the average kitchen ranges between 100 and 200 ft.².
When your kitchen is being remodeled, try not to be influenced too heavily by media materials released by the home improvement industry. Their purpose is to sell you on the largest and most expensive project they can. They have a financial interest in your decision to renovate, and the choices you make might not be reflective of your needs or wants. As such, you should endeavor to conduct business with someone who prioritizes your goals, as well as provides an in-home meeting for free. This will give you an opportunity to talk about the things that you want, as opposed to what somebody hopes you buy.