Guide to a Successful Kitchen Design
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Published by TOP4 Team
The best way to design a kitchen is to take a time to study your modus operandi, especially around meal preparation and rush hour periods. Sometimes a problem can be identified but uncovering the root cause can take some time, so be patient and persistent. Here are some reminders that you should take note when designing your kitchen.
The ideal walking distance between the fridge, stove and sink travelling in an unbroken triangle is 3600mm but up to 4600mm is acceptable.
Designers generally position the sink first preferably by the window. Sinks should never face a blank wall and are not always successful when positioned overlooking a dining or living area.
After the sink, position the fridge as it is the bulkiest item in the room. Check if the position will suit the fridge door. Avoid placing it beside a passageway where access to both is disrupted.
The position of the cooking area is ideally not more than 1200mm from the sink and should have a bench next to the stove and oven to set down hot dishes. Allow at least 300mm of bench space beside the oven for placing hot ovenware. Place upper cupboards where they are readily accessible. Don’t always use to maximum advantage appliances that are stored out of sight.
The ideal size is 600-900mm wide with a depth of 500mm, although 400mm will work for a small family. Customise shelving heights to maximise storage capacity and minimise waste space. Narrow depth shelving is the key to access items. A walk in pantry may seem ideal on paper, but wall models prove quicker to access during the metal rush hour. Hang only light items on the doors, otherwise, they will tend to sag, causing closing problems.
The dishwasher should be built-in as close to the sink and rubbish disposal unit as possible. You can also have it situated close to the crockery cupboard for smooth unloading of dishes.
Store the detergent well out of reach of young children. Install additional lighting over the sink and benchtops. Power points should be located at several sites to avoid traffic jams. For example, one member of the family wants to make coffee whilst someone is trying to prepare lunches.
Ceramic tiles or hard surfaces play havoc with varicose veins and are unforgiving of crockery drops. Cushioned vinyl or new look cork are suitable alternatives.
Kitchens are a hard work zone. Efficiency and then good looks should be the design order. Determine your preferred work methodology and make adjustments to cause it to flow more smoothly. Also, consult the wishlist of others in the household. This does take time and careful observation to establish.