WHEN PLANNING A NEW KITCHEN, CREATING THE PERFECT FLOW IN YOUR LAYOUT IS ESSENTIAL FOR MAKING YOUR EVERY DAY TASKS EASIER.
There are four vital zones that help create a natural and efficient flow to a kitchen; cooking, food preparation, the sink and storage. However, as the heart of the home, kitchens can be used for a wide range of activities and every space is unique.
Does your kitchen need to cope with your busy family life? Are you a keen baker or cook? Do you like to entertain? These are all questions you need to ask yourself when planning your kitchen layout, to make sure your kitchen is designed to work perfectly with your lifestyle.
We’re sharing our top tips for creating the perfect flow in your kitchen, so your space can be just right for how you choose to live your life.
The Kitchen Triangle
The primary tasks in your kitchen are carried out between the hob, the sink and the fridge. The triangle that connects these 3 areas defines what kitchen experts call an ‘efficient kitchen layout.’
The triangle is the shortest, most effective way to tread between these three areas and should be considered when choosing your kitchen design. Is your hob currently too far away from the fridge, making cooking a longer process than it needs to be? Do you need to cross the room with a pan full of boiling water to drain your pasta in the sink?
These things may seem trivial right now, but the triangle can help to make cooking and tidying, easier and more enjoyable in the long run.
Group similar functions
Consider grouping the functions of your kitchen and planning your storage accordingly. There’s no point in placing a spice rack, or the drawer that stores your pots and pans, metres away from the hob, just as it would be silly to store cutlery away from an integrated dining area or breakfast bar.
To improve flow, plan where you will be storing most of your kitchen essentials, then choose your smart storage solutions (see our full range here) accordingly.
The perfect serve
Try to imagine where you’re most likely to serve up your meals. This is a great place to store your cutlery (or next to integrated dining/a breakfast bar), plates and bowls.
Why not take advantage of our wide range of drawer inserts and modular dividers, to help make meal times quicker and with everything kept conveniently to hand.
Don’t be afraid of heights
Many British homes enjoy high ceilings, so utilising this extra space should be a priority when planning how you can maximise storage in your new kitchen. Why not consider doors that open upwards? Or, consider shelving that can be brought down to an easily accessible height whenever needed.
Check out our smart storage solutions, like the Kesseboehmer iMove unit, which allows you to bring the contents of high cupboards down to eye level.
HAVE WE INSPIRED YOU TO CONSIDER THE FLOW OF YOUR NEW KITCHEN?
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