Kitchen Designing

Kitchen Designing

LETTING YOUR IDEAS TAKE SHAPE

Kitchen designing is when your dreams and ideas take shape. There are lots of things to think about, but wih the list of  your kitchen’s must-haves from the kitchen planning stage feeding in, it’s a matter of where to place everything you need to best utilise the space you have. If you want some expert advice, our specialist kitchen consultants are available to call, visit or email and ready to help you.

THE KITCHEN WORKING TRIANGLE

When working on kitchen designing, always keep in mind the ‘working triangle’, which is the distance between the three most frequently used work areas in a standard kitchen. For example:

 

A. Food Storage and Preparation

 

B. Cooking and Dishing Up

 

C. Washing Up.

 

Remember that reducing the size of your triangle will save you time and effort in the kitchen. However, if they are too close together you will have a very cramped kitchen without adequate nearby workstations.

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KITCHEN DESIGNING – MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU

Picture yourself in your shiny new kitchen, cooking a meal for some friends. How does it feel? Does the journey from the cupboard to the preparation area seem smooth? Is there room to put the dishes somewhere while you join your Friends at the table? These kinds of questions are exactly the kind to ask now. Because ultimately, this step will define how efficiently your kitchen works.

 

Hopefully, you looked for lots of inspiration back at step 1, and you’ve been gathering some more along the way, because this is where you can let your creativity run wild. Current trends show that kitchens are no longer a separate area, they are part of open plan living spaces that flow into the rest of the house. Consider the style of your home when you’re designing your kitchen. It should all feel part of one, big, super-stylish whole.

Kitchen Layouts

With regards to the layout of your kitchen, in most cases it is the size and shape of your kitchen space that dictates which one you should choose. However, some of the more common layouts work well in both small and larger kitchen spaces. Below are diagrams and images of the six most common kitchen layouts, which show the most ideal working triangles to choose.

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One of the most common layouts, the L-shaped kitchen is a flexible design that suits a large variety of spaces. It is also a particularly useful layout if you plan on including a table for dining within your kitchen.

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The U-shaped kitchen is best suited for larger spaces and offers maximum cabinet and worktop space. It is perfect for families and can also provide an efficient and functional working triangle.

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This layout is featured in many homes, as it provides two opposing working and storage areas. It allows for plenty of preparation space and moving between activity areas can be as simple as just turning around.

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This option generally relies on a reasonable amount of space – so it is a good choice for open plan living. The island can be used to house an under-counter fridge or a sink. Alternatively, if you have the room, it can be a dedicated food preparation space.

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The single-wall kitchen floor plan is ideal for smaller homes. However, due to the work zones all being against one wall the working triangle does not apply in this case.

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This layout is basically very similar to the U-Shaped Kitchen except it has an additional part-row of cabinets on the fourth wall. Therefore, it has workspace and storage options that surround the cook on all three sides of the working triangle.

With your measurements & layout done you’re all set for the next step!