Your kitchen houses a wide variety of important daily tasks, so you have to work hard and look good. Whether you’re cooking, cleaning, eating, or entertaining, the kitchen should be a space you love to be in, and a well-thought-out kitchen layout can help make that happen. Whether you are planning a kitchen remodel or planning a new kitchen, these tips will help you create a space that you will love. Follow our tips on planning, organization and essential features for a beautiful and functional kitchen for all your needs.
1. Eliminate wasted steps.
When organizing a kitchen, think about how and where you normally use items. Store breakfast foods and bowls near the breakfast table. Keep wrappers and plastic containers in a place near a work surface to wrap up leftovers. Place dishes and cutlery near the dishwasher to facilitate the unloading process.
2. Design wide hallways.
Make sure your kitchen plan includes enough space between the cabinets and the island to easily move around the space. As a general rule of thumb, pathways in a kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Aisles within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a single pot and 48 inches wide for a two-cook setup. When planning, adjust kitchen islands and peninsulas accordingly.
3. Direct traffic through the kitchen.
Traffic flow is a key consideration when designing a kitchen. For a kid-friendly kitchen layout, keep the cooktop out of traffic areas so that children don’t grab the handles and cause spills when passing. Also, make the refrigerator accessible to both passersby and people working in the kitchen and cleaning areas.
4. Stay away from corners.
Pay attention to the corners when deciding where to place furniture and appliances. To make the doors of cabinets and appliances fully functional, plan the space for the distance from the door and the direction of rotation in the kitchen layout. Keep electrical appliances away from corners and make sure that the doors do not hit each other when they are opened at the same time.
5. Find the right height for the microwave.
The correct height and location for a microwave oven will vary depending on the chef or the nature of the children’s kitchen. For adults, 15 inches above counter level is a good microwave height. If children will be using the appliance, an undercounter configuration may be safer and more suitable.
6. Determine the function of the island.
When it comes to kitchen islands, form follows function. Think about how you would like to use the island within the space before considering the layout. If you want to cook and eat on the kitchen island, for example, plan enough space for the hob to be safely separated from the dining room. The island can also accommodate other items like a sink or dishwasher for added functionality.
7. Plan the landing space near appliances.
Landing space around appliances provides a place to put items while cooking or preparing ingredients. When designing the kitchen, leave 15 inches of countertop on each side of the stove and refrigerator. The landing space is also important near the microwave and other small appliances, such as a coffee maker or toaster.
8. Consider the countertops.
Think about your meal prep needs to guide your work plan choices. Chefs who like to cook need more counter space (ideally between the stove and the sink) than those who cook infrequently or prepare simple meals. Additionally, the addition of two countertop heights can simplify cooking and help children involved in meal preparation.
9. Double your kitchen appliances.
If you have a large family or extensive kitchen needs, consider duplicating the appliances you use most often. A second microwave oven and mini fridge or fridge drawer positioned at the edge of the kitchen work center, for example, can distribute the workload and keep snacks out of reach of the cook. Add a snack bar with stools for an after school seat for the kids.
10. Organize your reach area.
Plan to store important kitchen essentials in the space directly around the stove. Place a shelf beside or behind the stove to keep cooking oils, utensils, and spices close at hand.