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10 Important Things to Consider Before Designing a New Kitchen
Here are 10 important guidelines for your kitchen design project.
1. For efficiency, 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 kitchens smaller than 150 sq. ft., opt for at least 13� of base cabinets, 12� of wall cabinets, and 11� of countertop. In kitchens which are larger, go with at least 16� of base cabinets, 15 1/2� of wall cabinets, and 16 1/2� of countertop.
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.
5. To 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. For microwaves and ovens, provide at least 15 � of counter space nearby, 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� off the floor (easier for chopping and seated-use access), and between 36 and 46� 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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