Top 4 Tips for the Perfect Kitchen Layout
Planning your new kitchen or renovation project is exciting. From deciding on your colour palette to choosing appliances, it’s likely you will spend a lot of time on Houzz or Pinterest earmarking design inspiration.
However, a crucial element to nail in the planning stages of your project is your new kitchen layout. Get this wrong, and even the best-looking kitchen design won’t make up for the missing functionality of a poor layout.
Here are our top 4 tips to creating a successful kitchen layout.
1. Plan around your workflow
It’s the golden rule of kitchen layouts, but positioning elements within your kitchen according to your workflow is a surefire way to end up with a layout you love.
While people have been following the ‘golden triangle’ rule for almost a hundred years (placing your fridge, cooktop and sink at each point of an invisible triangle within the kitchen), many homeowners are steering away from this configuration in favour of work zones.
A preparation zone, cooking zone, washing zone and grocery zone are just some of the key spaces our clients have mentioned they need when planning their layouts.
Replicating this in their layout – by including elements such as room at the end of the bench near the pantry to place grocery bags, a bin near the preparation area to discard scraps, and a sink near the cooktop to allow for easy drainage – makes for a better result for each client, as opposed to implementing a one-size-fits-all approach.
2. Make room for appliances
Not only do you need to know the size of your appliances to ensure they fit in your new layout, you’ll also want to ensure that they don’t impose upon other work areas.
One of the biggest layout blunders is not accounting for appliances or cupboard doors when they’re open – for example, how an open fridge might affect your ability to open a neighbouring cupboard.
Pre-selecting (and pre-measuring) your appliances before signing off on your layout will save a lot of headaches down the track and ensure a stress-free kitchen installation.
3. Work with the space you have
It seems like a no-brainer, but the space you have available for your new kitchen will play a huge role in the elements you can or can’t include.
Wishlist items like an island bench or butler’s pantry are great inclusions – when there’s the space. If these are must-haves for you, consider how they can absorb other elements to make the most of your space. For example, use your island to house both a breakfast bar and your sink and dishwasher.
When there’s not the space to execute everything on your wishlist, consider alternatives that work in your space. If a butler’s pantry is out, boost your walk-in pantry and include an appliance hutch, for example.
4. Consider your shape
This should be the first item on your list when you begin your renovation. The shape of your kitchen layout brings together your workflow and the space available in your home.
If your house doesn’t allow for an open-plan kitchen, a galley-style layout puts everything you need within easy reach.
Smaller apartments may benefit from an L-shape or straight layout, allowing for the kitchen to integrate with adjacent living areas.
Families may opt for a U-shape or integrate an island with multiple access points to keep the kids out from under your feet.
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