As you can imagine, designing your kitchen can be very overwhelming and expensive. It’s also a project that homeowners try to only do once or twice in a lifetime. When you begin your kitchen remodel, it’s important to think beyond the style and focus on the workflow and function. Think about these four elements of kitchen workflow to help you along your design process.
The functionality of a kitchen will differ from homeowner to homeowner. To determine the function your kitchen will have in your home you really need to evaluate what type of space you have, and what your family will enjoy most.
If you’ve got a large family and love to entertain, create a kitchen with a larger appliances and extra counter space for sitting. If you’ve got a small space and aren’t much of a cook, a galley kitchen may be the one for you. It’s all personal preference and what style will function best in your home.
Entrances and exits are the first thing to think about when designing the traffic flow of your kitchen. One or two exits in the kitchen is rule of thumb, anything more will start to take away from your counter space and break the flow.
You can also try creating a hall through your kitchen giving you double sided work space. Rather than having a square style of all the appliances along the walls, try putting the cooktop on the island to create efficiency while you work. One thing to keep in mind when doing this is, don’t place any appliances directly across from each other.
When deciding which appliances you want where in the countertop, it’s important to start with the sink. The sink is where you’ll be spending the most time during prep and cleanup in the kitchen. Try to have between 16-20 inches of counter space on either side of the sink to be able to set down dishes while you clean.
Other areas that are important to have counter space is next to your refrigerator and oven. This is very helpful to have a place where you can set things down while you’re cooking.
A kitchen work triangle is a great rule of thumb to follow when designing your kitchen. The way work triangles work is the sink, stove and refrigerator should be from 4-9 feet from each other no matter where they’re placed in the kitchen. This will guarantee a more user friendly kitchen.
Before jumping into any renovations or re-design, really think about your needs and what will actually fit in your kitchen. Function and flow are essential in creating your most desirable kitchen that you’ll enjoy for years to come.