19Nov/133

Planning Perfect Kitchens – Points to Consider

Whatever space you have in your kitchen there are basic kitchen design rules that you should always follow to create perfect kitchens. These are some of the points you should consider when you are creating a new kitchen design.

Kitchen Storage Options

Keep pans near the cooker and preferably in large drawers so you can find the one you want easily.
Try to install a larder cupboard or a tall fridge against a kitchen worktop so you have some where to place your shopping before you unpack it. Keep your crockery near the dishwasher for easy unloading, these are best stored in large drawers or wall units.

Your kitchen design should have adequate large drawer storage for items that require more space.

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Take advantage of the wide range of internal kitchen storage units available which includes pull out storage and le-mans corners.

Kitchen Appliance Options

Kitchen appliances need to be positioned so that there is room for 2 people to work together, this will make the kitchen design more sociable. The ideal dishwasher location is between the sink and the cooking area but keep it away from a corner as it will be more difficult to access. Where possible fit kitchen appliances at body level so you don’t need to bend down to use them.

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Ensure you have sufficient kitchen worktops around the hob and the kitchen sink and also between them to ensure there is sufficient convenient worktop for preparation.

Kitchen Design Points

Consider room lighting carefully and ensure that the kitchen worktops are well lit by under wall unit lights. These are now mostly available in LED which are very cheap to run and long lasting.
Make sure that the kitchen unit doors open in ways that keep the flow running correctly in the kitchen. This will make the working arrangement much easier. Take full advantage of your ceiling height by fitting kitchen units that are the maximum size to fill your space.

Ensure you have enough space to move around the kitchen safely without danger of tripping over objects or children.

Allow space for open shelving to help lighten up the room and this is also a very useful feature for items that are best to be readily accessible.

Keep tall units together at the end of a run or as a separate bank of tall units. These can be an attractive feature with good kitchen design advice.

Mixing materials for kitchen doors in perhaps 2 different sections will give the kitchen design more interest and will enhance the kitchen perspective.

Consider varying worktop heights in the kitchen design to make tasks easier, it can be useful to have a lower area for preparation and the hob while a higher area can be good as a server or a breakfast bar.

Galley kitchens are fitted in narrow rooms and need clever design to maximise their potential. The major issues to consider are storage, workspace and functionality however you need to do this with aesthetics in mind.

U-Shaped kitchens are usually fitted in small square rooms with 3 runs of units in a U shape. The conventional working triangle is readily designed into this kitchen design keeping the sink, cooker and fridge positioned with equal space between them.

L-Shaped kitchens have 2 runs of units along adjacent walls forming an L shape. The spare wall makes an ideal location for a kitchen table or a peninsula breakfast bar.

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Island kitchens need plenty of floor space and the island can be used for extra storage, additional workspace, somewhere to eat and for housing built under appliances. Creating the island using a different colour of units and worktops can be very effective. Islands need about 1m to 1.2m of space around them.