Designing a New Kitchen – 10 Important Things to Consider

Designing a new kitchen can be both fun, and worth the time spent!

10 Must Have Features in a New Kitchen

  1. For efficiency of the space in the kitchen, the work triangle (the space between the sink, refrigerator, and stove) should measure 26′ or less with no single side longer than 9′, or less than 4′.
  2. In a kitchen smaller than 150 square feet… Opt for at least 13′ of base cabinets, 12′ of wall cabinets, and 11′ of counter tops. In a larger kitchen… Go with at least 16′ of base cabinets, 15 1/2′ of wall cabinets, and 16′ of counter space.
  3. For convenience, plan work aisles to be at least 42″ wide for one cook, and at least 48″ wide in multi-cook kitchens.
  4. Specify a minimum of 24″ of counter space on one side of the sink and at least 18″ on the other side.
  5. 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 standing room next to it.
  7. Provide at least 15″ of counter space nearby, for microwaves and ovens, at least 16″ deep.
  8. For optimum clearance, no entry, appliance, or cabinet doors should interfere with another.
  9. For comfort and to help avoid repetitive-motion injury, plan for work counters of different heights; between 28 and 36″ for general tasks ( higher counters accommodate taller cooks).
  10. To install a cabinet unit above the cook top, make sure the clearance is at least 24″ for a fireproof surface, 30″ for an unprotected surface.

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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