Tetris Kitchen Design


tetris blocks, kitchen blocksKitchen Design, Cabinet Layout

After going cross-eyed from working on a kitchen design, I have decided it is time for me to finally take my turn at this thing called blogging.  In an earlier blog post, Mary told you the kinds of questions we ask when tackling a kitchen project.  I thought I would share how an unlikely childhood activity gave me practice on how to process these answers to create a kitchen design.

Have you seen the recent outbreak of gamers clicking away at their handheld game systems?  People young and old are playing on their phones, their PSP’s, their Nintendo DS’s, and an array of other devises.  And they are playing everywhere, like in waiting rooms, on trains, waiting in line at the grocery store, anywhere there isn’t anything better to do.

This phenomenon has been evolving for decades.  When I was a kid, I got my brother’s hand-me-down gameboy with a collection of games to choose from.  The main game I latched onto was Tetris.  If you’re not familiar with the game, the basic idea is fitting together a series of different shaped blocks that fall from the top of the screen.  You can move the different shapes to fit together very well, or it can all become a big mess and stacks up on top of each other.  It’s a pretty addictive game to the point that you start seeing the same shapes in the tile pattern in a bathroom floor or in brick buildings.

Now I am not a serious gamer by any definition, but my amateur experience with Tetris has actually given me practice for working on kitchens.  With the answers to your questions, I am presented with a series of “boxes” or cabinets and appliances, and I put them together to relate to one another.  Appliances have to be positioned so that they have a relationship with one another, but still have functional workspace between them.  I also have to take into consideration existing obstacles in the space like the placement of windows, doors, electrical outlets, and plumbing lines.

Playing Tetris and laying out a kitchen has trained my brain to continue to look for those same patterns and configurations in my surroundings.  Kitchen design is truly addictive for me.  But luckily I think it’s a good thing for me to take my work home with me.

Have you ever had an unexpected link between your professional and personal life?  Or maybe even between your childhood and future career choices?  Comment below and tells us about your connections.


  1. Autumn Wenger says:

    My goal is to never truly grow up. So far, so good. Mary and I both keep a pretty good eye on Paul most of the time. Sorry he slipped off our radar last night 🙂

  2. Patsy says:

    You’re still a kid, Autumn !! Great post. Try to keep PS under control. he turned up in my neighborhood last night !

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