Arguably the most important room in the home, your kitchen is where life happens. Where you grab a quick snack on the way to work. Where you sit down with your family to share a meal. Where you catch up over coffee with friends. Where you plan the comings days, months and years. The kitchen, whilst needing to feel like a beautiful space, needs to be highly functional, making meal prep simple, cooking enjoyable and homework less of a chore.
We’ve collated five of our favourite kitchen design tips that bring equality to form and function in the heart of the home.
A good kitchen is an organised kitchen. By being smart with your storage you can find a place for everything, resulting in a kitchen that is clutter-free and easier to clean. Smart solutions such as hanging racks for stemware, hooks for mugs and a magnetic knife strip above the prep area can bring order to untidy drawers and cupboards. Storage hacks such as using the inside of cupboard doors to store flatter items such as chopping boards and pan lids can save ample space too. When you design your kitchen yourself, you can position everything in the right zone, for example pots and pans near the cooker.
Keeping your family (and yourself) fed is a full-time job that requires a lot of effort. Wherever you can cut down on exertion you should. For this reason it’s important to minimise steps around the kitchen to save on time and effort alike. Create stations for often-used utensils and items, such as keeping your kettle and coffee stash near the sink, so you’re not moving around the room too much to simply pour yourself a hot drink. The same goes for positioning your food preparation area near the fridge and pantry. The Golden Triangle comes into play here: to create the perfect kitchen layout your sink, fridge and stove should ideally be positioned at each point of the triangle, making it easy to move between them. As a rule of thumb, each side of the triangle should measure from 1.2m to 2.7m, with a perimeter that is no less than 4m and no more than 10m, with an uninterrupted flow between each. This creates a practical, comfortable work space, and minimises time spent walking between each of these key points within the kitchen.
There are generic rules that result in the ideal measurements for kitchens. The following are the perfect heights and widths of elements of your kitchen. These also align with the rules followed within the Golden Triangle (the distances and positioning between the fridge, sink and cooker). All height measurements are from the floor up, if not stated otherwise.
Walkways/ aisles (within the cooking zone): 1m wide for one-cook kitchens, 1.2m wide for two cooks
Walkways/ aisles (paths through the kitchen): 1m wide
Kitchen counter: 0.8m – 1m high
Kitchen island: 1m high
Kitchen island stools: 0.6m – 0.8m high
Above worktop kitchen cabinets: base at 1.4m above the floor
Open shelves: 0.5m – 0.6m above the counter
Kitchen table: 0.7m high
Sink: 0.9m from the floor
Whilst plug points are the responsibility of the electrician, the initial positioning of them sits with the kitchen designer. Consider creating ‘stations’ that make your kitchen experience easier. For example, add a plug for your smoothie maker near the fridge and fruit bowl, and your toaster next to the bread bin.
Draw attention to a focal point in your kitchen. This can be done in a number of areas, such as a bright splash back behind the cooker, statement patterned counter tops, colourful cabinets, a stunning kitchen island for friends and family to gather around, or a beautiful sink area. We recently installed a bespoke hanging stemware rack that hung above a sleek kitchen island, which drew eyes upwards and provided a centre piece for the room. Once you’ve decided on your focus point, keep the rest of the kitchen minimal and muted to compliment the feature.
We offer bespoke kitchen design created to our customers exact needs. Given your dimensions, we can make custom kitchens that meet personal requirements, making your home work for you. Get in touch to discuss functional, unique kitchen design by Coast Creative.