When you’re working on remodeling your kitchen, it can be difficult to get your layout exactly how you want it. After all, you need to be able to balance the size and shape of your appliances with the goals you have for space and functionality.
One concept you can use to create a more efficient layout in your kitchen is the “kitchen work triangle.” The three points of the triangle are the three key elements of your kitchen—the stove, the refrigerator and the sink. The general theory is that having these three elements in close proximity to each other (but not coo close) will make the kitchen easier to use. Obviously exactly how you set up your kitchen depends on the space you have available, but it’s a good theory to keep in mind.
- Size of the room. Obviously if you have a tiny kitchen you’re going to have a lot fewer options than one that’s more spacious.
- Size of the appliances. If you’re dead set on cabinets being a certain size, for example, you might not necessarily be able to fit a refrigerator or oven in a particular place, depending on their size.
- Position of the windows. Depending on where the windows are on the walls and how high they are off the floor, their location could have an effect on where you ultimately decide to place your appliances.
- Sink location. A lot of people like having their oven close to their sink so they don’t have to travel back and forth across the room between the two when cooking. So if you are one of those people, you’ll want to consider where the sink is located when deciding your appliance layout. The dishwasher should be located within 36” of the sink.
- Presence of kitchen triangles or islands. Can an appliance be built into a kitchen island? Will an appliance get in the way of your travel space between the island and countertops? These are definitely issues you’ll need to take into account when planning your kitchen layout.
- Style of the kitchen. Different kitchen styles make use of space in different ways. A modern style with a lot of chrome and straight lines is very different than more ornate traditional styles, for example.
Looking for more tips to help you as you plan out your new kitchen redesign? Contact the experts at Three Week Kitchens today, and we’ll be happy to give you plenty more tips and assistance! We look forward to working with you.