Comment by The AQK Team on April 3, 2017
Kitchen Appliances: What’s The Ideal Location?
When you’re remodeling, you have a lot of things to think about. You have to choose the design direction you want to go in (Modern? Eclectic? Classic?), what to keep and what to ditch, and what contractors to use.
But the first thing you need to decide on when you plan a remodel is the layout of your new kitchen. And this means choosing where your kitchen appliances are going to go.
The kitchen is the heart of your home, so that means it’s well-used and often crowded. But when you plan out your appliance placement well, you can hopefully avoid any future collisions or traffic jams! Here’s how:
Planning your kitchen appliances placement
Placing the perfect triangle
When planning your new kitchen, you need to keep in mind the perfect triangle. The triangle is made up of the refrigerator, sink, and cooktop. You should have clear access to each point in the triangle without too much distance in between (between 4 and 9 feet).
Also, you need to make sure that foot traffic isn’t centered around the points of the triangle. A great way to do this is by using a kitchen island to divide the work space from the traffic areas.
So, make sure that your new sink and refrigerator are the building blocks that you use as your foundation. They should be easy to access and have plenty of space.
Usually, the kitchen is a pretty busy part of the home. When you’re cooking, baking, or eating, you don’t want to have to trip over the traffic of your family or any other obstacles.
The way to avoid this is to direct traffic to other directions. Think about other features of your kitchen that your family flocks to. A breakfast bar? A pantry? Place those away from the main triangle of the sink, counter, and fridge. That way you won’t have too many traffic jams.
Think about the big picture
When picking, purchasing, and planning around kitchen appliances, you need to take some time and really think about what will work best for your family. Do you really need a huge refrigerator? What about that double-over you’ve always wanted? Or the wine fridge? Are you really going to use them? Or will they just take up space?
And don’t forget about the smaller kitchen appliances like blenders and coffee makers. Plan out where everything will go, only install what you really need and will really use, and don’t forget about doors! Make sure there’s plenty of room for oven and refrigerator doors to swing open without causing traffic jams, especially if there are two kitchen appliances facing each other.
All this planning driving you crazy?
All this planning and designing is no ordinary feat for mortal men. It’s a difficult task that can feel like a fulltime job.
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