The kitchen is the most challenging and expensive room to remodel or build. But this is where everything happens, from cooking to talking to scheduling. Thus, it is crucial for you to make this space comfortable, attractive and functional. Ensuring your kitchen’s functionality takes more than just choosing beautiful finishes. You should also make smart design decisions to achieve an accessible and safe space.
So when given the opportunity to design your new kitchen for your home, here are some planning tips and kitchen design aspects you need to consider.
1. Consider Logistics
Logistics is a crucial part of designing a kitchen. You have to decide where everything must go. Start designing your kitchen by taking exact measurements of the floor space and then placing the basic elements.
Use the following guidelines:
The work triangle is one of the important design concepts that will improve the functionality of your kitchen. It helps cut the walking distance between the refrigerator, primary cooking surface, and the sink. For safety and comfort, the sum of these three distances must not be over 26 feet, and every stretch of the triangle must measure between 4 and 9 feet.
Reputable interior contractors and designers suggest that a kitchen must include a minimum of 159 total inches of usable countertop, which include islands. Make sure to have a countertop next to your sink for prep work, on both sides of the cooking surface, and beside the refrigerator’s handle side.
The doorway to your kitchen must be over 32 inches wide. Also, make sure that swinging doors won’t interfere with cabinets, appliances, and other doors. If you want a small kitchen, consider hang doors so they’ll swing out instead of going in to avoid any clearance problem. As for passageways, it must be more than 36 inches wide. Within the work areas, walkways must be more than 42 inches.
2. Install Proper Lighting and Ventilation
Your kitchen should have at least one wall-switch-controlled light – the switch should be at the entrance. Also, have task lighting over each work surface. Most importantly, 8% of your kitchen’s total square must be windows or skylights.
For the cooking surface appliances, make sure to have an outdoor-venting ventilation system installed. Also, install range hoods above your stove.
3. Ensure Safety
The kitchen is one of the high risk areas in your home. Harmful injuries can happen with the dangers of cuts, falls, fires, and scalding. Thus, make sure to protect your family by having an accessible fire extinguisher. Test it every six months and ensure that everyone in the household knows how to properly use it.
Furthermore, do not place the cooking surface under operable windows and do not use flammable window treatments over the stove top and oven. For your countertops, you must choose rounded or clipped corners instead of sharp edges because these are safer.
4. Tailor Storage
Have a list of all the things you want to store in your kitchen, from table linens to pantry stables to roasting pans. Estimating the measurements of these items will help you determine the amount of storage space you will need. From there, develop a cabinet plan that keeps the objects near where they will be often used.
5. Direct the Eye
Consider placing noteworthy elements on the walls of your kitchen. Position seating and sinks in a way that diners and dishwasher can have window-framed views, especially if your property is located in an environment with excellent outdoor views. Behind the range, consider having a focal point backsplash and install some open shelves to display your unique and colorful collections.
When you are given the opportunity to design your kitchen, thoughtful planning is crucial. This will result in a kitchen layout that will meet your cooking, eating, and gathering needs. Use some, if not all, of these tips to have a safe and easily traversed kitchen layout that places key elements exactly where they are most needed.