Sliding Partitions for Open Kitchens

By Dan Gregory

Translucent sliders help divide kitchen from living area in this design by Jensen Architects, adding flexibility.

If the kitchen is open to the great room there may be times when you don't want to see the clutter of a great meal, or when you are entertaining. That's when sliding partitions can be helpful, as illustrated by the example above by Jensen Architects. These sliders are translucent so they can hide clutter without blocking the light.

What to look for

If flexibility is important, pay particular attention to the kitchen layout when you're browsing floor plans. For example in Plan 437-56 -- shown here --  

the dotted lines on either side of the cooking island are where sliding screens or barn doors could go.

A pair of sliding doors would work between the kitchen and the great room in Plan 21-313, below. You could even frame the opening with elegant curtains, which would add a note of theatricality to any kitchen performance!

In some designs the kitchen is partially separated from the living area by a fixed partition that has openings, 
as here in Plan 460-3. One possibility here would be to treat the cooktop peninsula as a large wood and glass

cabinet, as shown here in an elegant design by Richard Williams Architects. The tall doors cover storage areas while allowing partial glimpses through to the kitchen (photo credit: Bob Narod, via Custom Home Magazine).
To browse our collection of great kitchen floor plans click here.

Thu Oct 23 00:00:00 PDT 2014