How To Plan Your Kitchen
Good planning will help you get the most out of your kitchen.
Here are few simple things to think about.
You should be able to move quickly and easily between the cooking area, the fridge and the sink. This is sometimes called the working triangle.
The shape of your kitchen will usually be dictated by the shape of the room but just because your existing kitchen is in one shape, it doesn’t really mean that your new kitchen will be the same.
Here are few layout options;
- Line kitchen: which is good for small kitchens but not so good for bigger rooms if you have the space you can add an island which not only give you more storage but can also be a serving area, a hangout and a room divider.
- L Shaped kitchen: creates a good working triangle and gives you a lot of storage space.
- U-Shaped Kitchen: gives you lots of storage and worktop space but you’ll need a big room.
- Parallel Kitchen: gives you two work and storage station on opposite walls it doesn’t need that much space and works really well in room with doors or window at the end.
When it comes to worktops, space on both side of the hob will give you somewhere put your hot pans, but if you short on space prioritized the space between the sink and the hob.
In a parallel kitchen, make sure there’s room for two people to work without bumping into each other, a distance of at least 120cm will let you open drawers and doors on both sides at the same time.
Place wall cabinets at a height that won’t be blocked the view of countertops.
Make sure you follow manufacturers recommendation when it comes to the height of the fan above the hob.
Placing your oven at an eye level means less bending and keeps the oven out of reach of the kids.
Counter space beside the oven will give you somewhere to put hot trays.
Keeping your cooking utensils, and pots and pans close to the hob means there always be within reach whenever you need them.
Storing your glasses, cutlery and plates closed to the sink and dishwasher will make loading and unloading the dishwasher easier.
Leave space for filler between the last cabinet and the wall this will give you enough room to fully open the door which is especially important if you have pull out wired basket.
Here are some thing to avoid
- Putting your oven or dishwasher in the corner will blocked the adjacent doors and cabinets.
- Placing a sink next to a wall will disrupt your workflow and reduced your counter top space.
- Placing the oven next to a wall will exposed the wall to heat and grease spell.
- Placing drawers in the corner will block the adjoining cabinet and may damage its door or handle.
Seem like a lot to think about?
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