It doesn’t take a great kitchen to make a fantastic meal. But working in a well-designed space can certainly make it more enjoyable. It’s important to consider the layout, countertops, storage and lighting.
The kitchen triangle refers to the placement of the sink, stove and refrigerator in relation to each other. Regardless of a kitchen’s size, these items should be in close proximity and create the points of a triangle, creating an efficient workflow. The dishwasher should also be near the sink.
The layout must allow room to open doors freely—those of appliances, cabinets or pantries. The oven door shouldn’t bump into the dishwasher door if both are open. A walking path of at least 42 inches between appliances, cabinets or islands is sufficient, but increasing this some will better accommodate multiple cooks.
Ample counter space between each aspect of the triangle will support prep work and finished foods. Only two often-used small appliances should remain on the countertops for easy clean-up. Countertop materials should be selected based on the use of the surface. For example, someone who works with fresh dough frequently may prefer a natural surface that remains cooler.
It would be rare to find complaints of too much storage. Thus, even potentially dead space should be optimized. What seems to be an unused corner of a cabinet can be cleverly designed with purpose. Vertical space can also be used creatively. Most important to remember, keep those items that are used often easily accessible.
Quality lighting is also essential. Natural light during the day is wonderful, but high hats, pendant lights and under-cabinet lighting will illuminate the workspace at all hours.
Keeping these aspects in mind when designing a kitchen or picking a new home can make cooking much more enjoyable.
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