Double Up!

Thinking about design details in general, the typical designer go-to is putting things together in odd numbers. For example when accessorizing an open shelf, designers will include 3 or 5 items rather than 2 or 4. When it comes to functional design though, pairs are often the most functional and can be very aesthetically pleasing.

While touring the recent Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando last week I started noticing some fantastic “pairs” that inspired this post. It started with a couple of displays featuring duel range hoods.

This first display was designed in the popular Farmhouse style. It included an open base cabinet, finished in stained wood and a solid surface backsplash fabricated to echo wood slats. The slats provide ease of maintenance and blend in with the painted upper cabinetry. The focal point of the vignette however, was the double chimney styled extractor hoods. Made from a matte grey metal they echo industrial smoke stacks and add a very unique element to the space.

This second display was decidedly modern and featured two rectangular columns that function as duel exhaust hoods. The design worked perfectly with the modern streamline kitchen design and each one could be operated independently. If the cook is using only one side of the cooktop, only one hood column would need to be turned on. For more robust cooking both of the units could be engaged.


After seeing these examples I began to think about other items that could be doubled up in the kitchen to increase functionality and design appeal.

Double ovens have been an upgraded option for many years and allow cooks a lot of flexibility in the kitchen. The options available to consumers today are immense. Stacked units are the most popular but purchasing two single ovens and installing them side by side can be a great option.


Double refrigerators are also a good option for some homeowners. For people who entertain a lot, doubling up on basic refrigeration and specialty refrigeration are great options. In the examples above, full height single door refrigerators were installed in a large B & B while the double beverage centers in the other example fill all the needs of a homeowner’s lower level entertaining space.


The ultimate luxury for some homeowners is duel dishwashers. How great would it be to be able to load all of the dishes, pots & pans from prepping the meal into one dishwasher and then be able to load in all of the plates and serving items into another. No more waking up to a kitchen full of dirty dishes in the morning after a large dinner party! In the examples above Vestabul designers used duel stainless steel dishwashers in one example and two sets of paneled dishwasher drawers in the other.


If double dishwashers don’t work into your kitchen design, an alternative could be extra large double sinks. The options above are “commercial” sized and would handle any clean-up job. Including double drain boards increases the functionality even more.


Doubling up on pantry storage is one of the most functional things that can be included in a kitchen design. The floor to ceiling storage of a cabinet pantry allows the most accessible storage. There are countless ways of incorporating a pantry and above are two of Vestabul designer’s favorite installations. The first is “book-casing” the refrigerator with two double door pantries. If the refrigerator is built in and paneled this type of installation produces a furniture look. Another favorite technique is to specify 15″ deep pantries on the end of a run. This installation eliminates the need for additional rollout shelves since all items can easily be accessed.  In this example there was room to double them up which doubled the storage!


As you can see doubling up appliances and storage can add functionality and style to your kitchen design. It is worth exploring what items could be “doubled” in your kitchen design.

Check in over the next few weeks to see what other Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) displays are inspiring us at the moment.

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