10 Important Things to Consider Before Designing a New Kitchen

Kitchen design is very subjective, there are few hard and quick rules. A feature or layout that is perfect for one person is far from perfect for another.

Important Things to Consider Before Designing a New Kitchen

Important Things to Consider Before Designing a New Kitchen

Here are 10 things you have to take in consideration for your kitchen design project :

  1. For efficiency, the work triangle (the space between the refrigerator, stove, and sink) should measure 26’ or less with no single side longer than 9’, or less than 4’.
  2. In kitchens smaller than 150 sq. ft., opt for at least 13’ of base cabinets, 12’ of wall cabinets, and 11’ of the tabletop. In kitchens which are larger, go with at least 16’ of base cabinets, 15 1/2’ of wall cabinets, and 16 1/2’ of the tabletop.
  3. Specify a minimum of 24” of counter space on one side of the sink and at least 18” on the other.
  4. For convenience, plan work aisles to be at least 42” wide for one cook, and at least 48” wide in multi-cook kitchens.
  5. To create the most accessible landing for unloading groceries, allow at least 15” of counter space on the handle side of a standard refrigerator; on both sides if it’s a side-by-side model. Or include a landing area directly across from the refrigerator, but no more than 48” away.
  6. For cleanup ease, install the dishwasher within 36” of one edge of the sink and allow for at least 21” of the standing room next to it.
  7. For ovens and microwaves, provide at least 15” of counter space nearby, at least 16” deep.
  8. For the comfort and to help avoid repetitive-motion injury, plan for work counters of different heights; between 28 and 36” off the floor (easier for chopping and seated-use access), and between 36 and 46” for general tasks (higher counters accommodate taller cooks).
  9. For optimum clearance, no appliance or cabinet doors should interfere with another.
  10. To install a cabinet unit above the cooktop, make sure the clearance is at least 24” for a fireproof surface, 30” for an unprotected surface.
A feature or layout that is perfect for one person in the kitchen

A feature or layout that is perfect for one person in the kitchen

Designing a kitchen is as much a science as it is an art. Knowing the recommended measurements to use when planning the project can make all the difference in the final outcome.

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