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KITCHEN DESIGN : 10 Tips on your design

When you design a functional kitchen, there are a lot of factors to consider. A kitchen is the heart of the home, a place where people spend a large amount of time, whether in the preparation of food, eating and socializing. Thinking deeply during the kitchen design stage is vital to a successful kitchen.

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Here are a few good points to assist you during your planning stage.

1) Working Triangle in Kitchen Design

The working triangle is the area between the stove top, the fridge and the sink. If your kitchen design is going to be as functional as possible, try to direct people away from this triangle. This is particularly important if you are utilising an eating space within your kitchen. You wont want people sitting directly where you need to work.

2) Appliance Planning in your Design

By knowing the size of your fridge, stove or other appliances, you will be able to create your measurements around them and make the appliances look built in. This does not mean that you have to buy the appliances first, but rather know exactly how large they are, will really assist you in the kitchen design phase. It might be possible to have a a cupboard built around your appliance. Let our design team know and we will help you make it happen.

3) Create Working space.

Placing a stove in a corner is generally a no-no owing to the fact that there is little space to work. You might also not be able to move the pot handles to the side, to keep little hands from pulling on them. Also it may be harder to provide space for useful cooking ingredients such as a spice rack or storage for pots and pans.

4) Consider Height during Kitchen Design

If your kitchen is small, yet has a large vertical space, then consider taller wall units. This enables more storage space vertically which can be a great benefit. Of course considering the height of the users might affect what you would like to store in the upper shelves.

5) Watch for corners

Consider the corners during Kitchen design. Make certain that all units are able to open easily, as well as appliances and that they wont be impeded by doors or other units. Planing space for door opening is vital to a convenient and easy to use kitchen. You can even consider having a door open from the right hinge rather then the left, to cope with complexities. Corner units, part of our Systomatic range, are particularly designed to cope with the difficulty of corners.

6) Find the right height of the microwave

Choosing the right height of a microwave is an important consideration in Kitchen design. The recommended height for adults is about 40cm above the working surface. If you are designing your kitchen to be kid friendly, you might find placing a microwave in a floor cupboard, to be more suitable for your children as they are able to place items and remove items easily from the microwave

7) Kitchen Islands and their function

If you are planning a kitchen island that will also be an eating area, then plan so that the kitchen preparation area is separated from the dining area. Overlapping them too much might cause inconvenience. Planning seating room is also of vital importance.

8) Landing Space

Some of the worst accidents occur in a Kitchen, when removing a hot item from an appliance or a cold item from the fridge and there is no space to place on the worktop effectively. Plan landing spaces next to your appliances for those ‘this-is-too-hot’ emergencies. Space is a vital part of all kitchen design. Chefs often require more space than maybe the cooking beginner, so take this into consideration.

9) Power Points during Kitchen Design

Often neglected, have you considered where you are going to plug your appliances in, as well as where you would like to place the kettle. Kettles placed directly under a wall cupboard, may create steam, which over time may create damage to the unit above it. This can be remedied by careful planning or placing a protective board just above the kettle to protect the unit above it

10) Window position

Your windows are already part of the landscape when designing your kitchen, so using them wisely during your Kitchen design is vital to making a pleasant cooking environment. Kitchen sinks are often placed below windows to make the chore of cleaning a more pleasant one.
Consider also the doors of the Kitchen. Are you going to have a door, and how is it going to open if you have cupboards right next to the door way.

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