While deciding your kitchen layout, you have to consider several aspects such as adequate light, ventilation, and most importantly, functionality. More than the colors of the tiles, or the cabinets, or the countertops, what is important is the ease with which you can, or should be able to, function in that room.
Here are some helpful tips to make this favorite place of yours functional first, and beautiful later.
The Shape and the Available Space
There are essentially four types of kitchen shapes or layouts that are possible. These plans play an important role in determining the placement of various appliances and storage spaces in that room.
The Work Triangle
The most important factor to be considered while planning your kitchen is the work triangle. This is essentially meant to reduce unnecessary movement from the sink to the refrigerator and the cooking range. Ideally, the three of these should be placed in a triangular fashion, in order to provide easy access to the most important areas of this place.
Important rules regarding the work triangle are:
- 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.
Enlist all the appliances you would like to incorporate in your kitchen. Sometimes, its size may not be adequate to fit all appliances. In such a case, give preference to the ones that you require more often than the others. Here is a list of appliances that are usually placed in this room.
Once the location of these electrical appliances has been finalized, ensure that you have suitable electrical outlets for each of these, which do not come in the way while you are working.
Determine your storage requirements and accordingly, allocate space for the same within your kitchen layout. You can accommodate storage in the form of cabinets above the countertops, except for spaces where there is a window, or to accommodate a chimney above the cooking range.
Storage can also be incorporated in the form of cabinets below the counter, except for the space required for the dishwasher. In some cases, an island counter can also be used to increase storage below the counter. If possible, the tall unit that houses the microwave and the oven can also be used for storage, above and below these appliances.