The most important part of your kitchen plan and where should you start your design, is with the work triangle. The triangle is made up of the three most common work sites in a kitchen; the sink, the stove, and the refrigerator. You need these zones to be an efficient distance apart with minimal traffic running through them. If you place these too far away from each other you waste a lot of steps when preparing a meal. If they are too close to each other you have a cramped kitchen without any place to work.
Kitchen Work Triangle Basics
- Each leg of the triangle should be between 4 and 9 feet
- The total of all three legs should be between 12 and 26 feet
- No obstructions (cabinets, islands, etc.) should intersect a leg of the work triangle
- Household traffic should not flow through the work triangle
Once you have laid the foundation of the triangle, you work in other cabinets like a puzzle. Consider your biggest needs like storage, counter space, and flow.
Storage: Almost everyone needs more storage in their kitchen. Although a pantry is an ideal source for storage, not everyone has the space for these large cabinets. In this case, try and work in large pot drawers. These make the best use of a base cabinet and they aren’t just for pots! These are a great place to put plastic storage containers, countertop appliances, serving pieces and even your dishware.
Counter space:When planning your kitchen, try to have large chunks of countertop instead of several small pieces. The larger the length of countertop, the more functional it will be.
Flow: Use your logic when designing your space. Think through your movements in the kitchen and how they will flow together. For example, you don’t want your garbage 8 ft away from your sink so you drip along the floor as you are trying to reach it.
Kitchen designers are experts in this area and can help you create a kitchen that makes the best use of your space, combining function and beauty.