A century ago, kitchens were relegated to the back of the house. A kitchen far removed from the social areas of the home was a sign of affluence. Yet today, many Americans recognize the kitchen as the true heart of family gatherings and design the room accordingly.
A recent study by the Electrolux group found that kitchens are being used for much more than food preparation. Nearly nine in 10 Americans (86%) are involved in some sort of activity in their kitchen besides cooking or eating, and more than two-thirds of adults (67%) say they use their kitchen to socialize and entertain guests.
Kitchens are used to pay bills, work on hobbies or crafts, play games, read, watch TV, or simply sit and talk. The multipurpose kitchen—or as Electrolux calls