In order to make the most of your space, you need to be smart with your planning
When you embark on a brand new kitchen design, the first and arguably most important step is planning the ideal layout in a way that makes the best use of the space.
Of course, every home is different, and the ideal layout for your home will be completely different to that of a house down the road, or across the town, or on the other side of the country. However, there are three or four classic layouts you may wish to use as templates. These include:
• L-shaped kitchens built into the corner offering optimum counter space
• U-shaped kitchens surrounding the cook on all sides, keeping everything in easy reach
• Single and double galley kitchens with one or two runs of continuous cabinets
The first thing you’ll need to consider when planning your new kitchen layout is what your priorities are. One of the most popular layout choices today is open plan. This creates a hub in your home for cooking, eating, entertaining and enjoying time together as a family. Are you looking for an open kitchen/dining space, or something more traditional? Who is likely to be using your space most, and will it be a leisurely space as well as a practical one?
If you are looking to create a kitchen that can be both used and enjoyed, there are several things you can consider to make the most of the space.
Installing a kitchen island is central to this idea, as this is the definition of a multitasking area. A kitchen island can act as a workstation for cooking and meal preparation, as well as an informal dining table. It can also be the social hub of your home, and a workstation for family members completing homework or working from home. Incorporating sockets and charging ports into the design can help make this multiuse island even more useful.
You can also add storage to a kitchen island in the form of wine storage or bookshelves, or even cupboards for your kitchen utensils and ingredients. This gives you more freedom to play around with the rest of your layout without having to worry about including as much storage as possible.
A bench or island will help separate an open plan kitchen into distinct zones: one for cooking and one for entertaining. Sight lines are another important factor to consider when designing your layout, especially if you are aiming to create an open plan spacious. This refers to what people see from the doorway when they enter the room — try to keep this view as clean and clear as possible.
As well as aesthetic factors, there are plenty of practical decision to make when planning your kitchen layout. No matter what kind of look you are trying to create, you should consider how you tend to use your kitchen and base your layout around this. If you cook a lot of homecooked meals, you don’t want the countertops to be far away from the fridge. Likewise, if you entertain large parties regularly you should try to keep the dishwasher and the sink near the dining table or kitchen island where you eat.
These are all factors to consider as part of the ‘golden triangle’, which refers to the three-point rule of placement between the sink, cooking area and fridge. You want to keep the most used parts of your kitchen in close proximity to each other.
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