To have a nice and well-arranged kitchen, there aren’t exactly a million solutions to make everything fit. You must start with a smart layout that allows all the elements to be in the right place, at the right height. So, before you jump into the decoration, flooring, painting, or work plan, start with the layout. For a perfect kitchen, here are some golden rules to follow when mastering your layout.
Efficient Work Zone
If there is one thing that you need to remember when planning the layout of your home, it is the importance of space in terms of both movement and comfort. This rule also applies to your kitchen, but you need to allow for space in the right areas. Interior designers define a key zone: the kitchen work triangle. The points of which are the sink, the refrigerator, and the stove. These three locations are used the most, so it is normal to allow more space around them than you would for the rest of the kitchen. However, too much space would defeat the purpose and you would have to take too many steps to get food from the freezer that you want to defrost under the tap.
Along those same lines, you need to be conscious of the distance between the table and the dishwasher. In fact, you should keep the dirty items together and away from the clean zone. Before being placed in the dishwasher, plates pile up in the work zone, get cleared into the garbage and are then put in the dishwasher. For an optimized layout, place the dishwasher, the sink and the garbage close together. Also, once clean and dry, the dishes should easily reach the cupboard.
It is best if the “clean zone” is in close proximity to these three elements. Ideally, the cupboards should be close to the dishwasher. To optimize the use of the kitchen, follow this trick: before you finalize the layout, rehearse the steps of meal preparation and of cleaning up afterwards. This will allow you to have an idea of how you are going to use all elements of your kitchen, from A to Z.
A Matter of Size
The functionality of your kitchen also depends on the size of its elements. The work zone should be at the right height for it to be used properly. Therefore, it would be best to adopt a customized kitchen that is conformed to the height of the homeowner. In general, the height of the work zone should be between 85 cm and 95 cm so that you don’t need to bend over when cooking and cleaning. Similarly, at the stove, make sure there is 60cm from the top of your head to the bottom of the fan to avoid accidents. Finally, to improve the flow in your kitchen, you need a space of at least 90 cm between cabinets.
Call an Interior Designer
A great way to optimize your kitchen is to hire an interior designer. They will assist in making the plans and will be able to advise you on the best way to arrange all elements in your kitchen.
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