The start of designing your kitchen can seem like a daunting process but we have the guide of things you need to consider to make the initial steps easier. Having the knowledge of these ideas before you meet with your design consultant, will give you a better understanding of your overall space.
1. Consider the working triangle for the optimal functional design.
There is a method to consider when designing a kitchen; placing elements wherever you see fit is not going to work unfortunately. This is why the working triangle was introduced, it is a design formula based on the placing of the sink, fridge and stove. Thoughtful placement of these three elements creates a good flow within the kitchen area. The aim is to make sure the triangle does not interfere with the traffic that goes through the kitchen in order to avoid crowding.
The optimal working triangle functions so the cook takes minimal steps between the sink, fridge and stove and doesn’t interfere with thoroughfare traffic through the kitchen (or as little as possible). The elements should be between 1.2m and 1.8m and a total of 4 to 8m apart. It is important that each element has proper bench space around it otherwise moving appliances and food around the kitchen will become that much harder.
2. Consider the functionality of your existing kitchen and what aspects you wish to bring into your new kitchen.
At this point, we suggest you grab a pen and paper and stand in your current kitchen. Make a list of the parts of your kitchen you like, the parts you don’t like and the parts you would like to change. It’s important to review every aspect of the kitchen in order for you to start creating your new design. This can come down to the usability, colour, design etc.
You should also write down what things would be beneficial to add to your new kitchen. Things to think about are storage solutions for inside your drawers and cupboards too, these can make them more organised and ergonomic.
You now have your design list for your new kitchen. It is a great start for you to visualise the kitchen that you’ll be in love with.
3. Consider what shaped kitchen would work best in the space allowed.
The choice may be limited when it comes to the shape of your kitchen, as it depends on where the walls are and the available space you have to work with. It is important that you work with the space you have to create a clever and ergonomic layout that maximises the whole area.
It is important to consider the overall use of the room, is it going to be more of an open-plan dining and living situation or is this room solely for the kitchen. If you are tight on space, there is always the option to make a breakfast bar behind an island or peninsula benchtop to act as your ‘dining’ area.
There are 6 main options when it comes to the layout of your kitchen.