kitchen design layout
How to Plan a Kitchen Layout
Deciding to remodel your kitchen? Take a look at some of these ideas that will aid you in making the right choice.
- The Corridor Kitchen: This particular shape is identified by parallel worktop counters; one of the sides will house the refrigerator and the cooking range or sink.
- The U-shaped: Similar to the corridor counterpart, this has an additional countertop that connects the parallel worktops.
- The L-shaped: As the name suggests, the countertops are placed in an L-shape that uses a corner. The refrigerator also fits into the L-shape. If spacious enough, this kitchen can house a small breakfast table.
- The Island Kitchen: An island counter is one that is placed in the center of this room, with the other countertops running in any of the above-mentioned shapes. If you are working on a layout with an island counter, then ensure that you have adequate space around it for easy movement.
- Any side of the triangle should not exceed the length of nine feet, neither should it be any less than four feet.
- The triangle should be formed in an area of uninterrupted workspace. No cabinets or other appliances should be placed in its path.
- Its perimeter should not exceed 26 feet, neither should it be any less than 12 feet.
- In the case of a layout with an island counter, ensure that the work triangle is within the space between the island and the regular countertop.
- Cooking Range/Countertop Stove: Ensure that there is counter space on either side of the cooking range for preparation and serving. It can also be placed on an island counter. Never place a cooking range in a corner.
- Refrigerator: It is a bulky appliance and should be placed in the corner and not between counters.
- Dishwasher: This goes below the counter, ideally, next to the sink, and will reduce lower cabinet space.
- Microwave: If possible, you can create a tall cabinet with a space for a microwave oven, in order to save counter space. The maximum height at which it is placed should not exceed 4 feet.
- Electric Oven: Similar to the space for the microwave, it can be placed above or below the microwave oven, as per your convenience. The height should be adequate for you to be able to operate, and keep a watch on the oven with ease.
- Food Processor: This appliance requires counter space.
- Toaster: It does not require much space and can be easily tucked into one corner on the counter.
- Hand Blender: This can be placed on a stand on the wall and does not require any separate counter space.