How To Plan Your Kitchen Layout

Ever wondered how to design your kitchen layout so that you can prepare your meals more efficiently? Unsure about the dimensions of a standard kitchen? Do not fret! Here are some suggestions you can work with to build your dream kitchen.

THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE

The kitchen work triangle is a principle that determines efficient kitchen layouts. It was designed to maximise the efficiency of a cook in a kitchen. Every cook primarily uses the sink, the refrigerator and the stove/counter top. Kitchen experts linked these three areas with imaginary lines to form the kitchen work triangle, whereby if the areas are in close proximity to each other, the cook would be able to cut down on inconsequential steps, making cooking easier and more efficient. We recommend that each line in the kitchen work triangle should be at least 1.2 metres and not more than 2.75 metres in length. The total perimeter of the triangle should not add up to more than 7.9m.

AISLE WIDTH

We recommend an aisle width of not less than 1.02 metres if only one person in the family cooks and only one side of the kitchen has cabinets or ovens. If both sides have cabinets, ovens, refrigerators or anything with doors, we recommend an aisle width of not less than 1.07 metres. If there are usually two cooks in the kitchen, and only one side of the kitchen has cabinets or ovens, we recommend an aisle width of not less than 1.07 metres. If there are usually two cooks in the kitchen, and both sides of the kitchen have cabinets, ovens, refrigerators or anything with doors, we recommend an aisle width of not less than 1.22 metres.

COOKING AREA

There should be a landing area of around 0.38 metres and 0.30 metres on either side of the stove. If the stove is integrated into an island, make sure that it extends to at least 0.23 metres from the wall. Vertically, the surface should be at least 0.76 metres from the ceiling.

KITCHEN SINK

There should usually be 0.92 metres on one side of the sink for preparing the meal and 0.46 metres on the other side of the sink for a drying rack.

REFRIGERATOR

The refrigerator can be orientated towards the cooking area but be mindful of the opening doors of the refrigerator itself, cabinets, ovens, main door etc, and make sure they do not clash.

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