If you are thinking about designing a new kitchen, before you start consider these 10 things.
If your kitchen is smaller than 150 sq. ft, choose at least 33 cm of base cabinets, 30 cm of wall cabinets and 27 cm of countertop. If you have a large kitchen, then go with at least 40 cm of base cabinets, 38 cm of wall cabinets and 41 cm of a countertop.
For efficiency, the space between stove, sink and refrigerator should measure 66 cm or less and no single side longer than 22 cm, or shorter than 10 cm.
Get a minimum of 60 cm counter space on one side of the sink and a minimum of 45 cm on the other side.
Plan your work aisles to be at least 106 cm wide for one cook or at least 121 cm in multi-cook kitchens.
For easy cleanup install the dishwasher within 92 cm of one side of the sink and allow at least 53 cm of standing room next to it.
6. For the most accessible landing and unloading of groceries, allow at least 38 cm space from the handle side of a standard refrigerator, or on both sides if it’s a model with two sides. You can also include a landing area directly across from it but no more than 122 cm away. 7. For optimization, no entries or cabinet doors should interfere with each other. 8. When placing microwaves and ovens, put at least 38 cm counter space nearby with a depth of at least 40 cm. 9. When you install a cabinet above the cooktop, make sure you have 60 cm clearance for a fireproof surface or at least 76 cm for an unprotected surface. 10. To avoid motion injuries and for maximized comfort, plan for different size counters, on the floor between 71-91 cm because they are easier for prepping food. For general tasks and if you are taller use counters with a height between 91-116 cm.
Keep in mind that when you design a kitchen you need to know and implement these things because they can make all the difference in the final outcome. Remember, designing a kitchen is science. Do the science first and then you can use your artistic skills with the decorations.
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