3 Essential Kitchen Layout Rules You Need To Follow

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When you’re designing a new kitchen, the layout is the most important thing. It’s a very busy area of the house and if you’ve got people in the kitchen while you’re cooking or you’re entertaining guests for a dinner party, you need to make sure that everything is in the right place so people aren’t always on top of each other. It’s also important that you set it up in a way that makes cooking easy, so everything that you need is in reach and you aren’t constantly walking back and forth. 

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A lot of people put all of their efforts into choosing the right appliances and decor but they don’t think about the layout enough and the finished kitchen ends up being frustrating to use. If you’re designing a new kitchen, you need to make sure that you don’t make the same mistake and you follow these essential layout rules. 

The Kitchen Triangle 

The kitchen triangle is the most important concept in kitchen design. The three corners of the triangle are the stove, the refrigerator, and the sink. These are the parts of the kitchen that you use the most when you’re cooking and it’s important that you have an easy passage between all 3 without any obstructions between them. For example, if you have the stove and the refrigerator on one side of the kitchen but the sink is over the other side with a big breakfast bar in the way, you’ll constantly be walking all the way around. It’s important that everything is close enough, however, you also need to make sure that it’s not too close, otherwise, you’ll be tripping over each other if there is more than one person cooking. In general, you should try to make the total distance between all 3 points somewhere between 10 and 25 feet and make sure that there are no major obstructions in the way. 

Keep Storage Near The Stove 

Storage is obviously important because you need somewhere to store your ingredients and equipment. It’s also important that you put that storage in the right place. You need to have plenty of kitchen cabinets close to the stove so everything is within reach. You don’t want to burn your food because you have to walk back and forth across the kitchen to get some salt and pepper. 

Separate The Dining Area And Cooking Area 

If you have a dining area that is attached to the kitchen, it’s important that you place it well so it doesn’t disrupt cooking. Most importantly, you need a clear path to the refrigerator that doesn’t pass through the cooking area. If you’re hosting a dinner party, for example, people are going to want to get drinks or maybe some snacks while they wait for dinner. If they have to squeeze past you while you’re cooking every time, it makes it more difficult for you. It’s important that you separate the 2 areas properly so people aren’t in your way while you try to cook. 

If you don’t follow these kitchen layout rules, your kitchen won’t be optimal for cooking and entertaining guests in, so make sure that you follow them to the letter.


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