There is more to kitchen design than beautiful countertops and state-of-the-art equipment. It is important that your kitchen be designed for a seamless workflow, from food preparation to storage. Here are 10 rules to a well-planned kitchen!
Rule #6: Keep kitchen ergonomics in mind
Plan your cabinets and equipment such that they are comfortably accessible. Consider the height and depth of counters; for example, you will need to hunch if the countertop is too low or tiptoe if the wall cabinet is too high. The recommended width between two parallel counters is at least 100-119cm, as cabinet doors take up space when opened.
Rule #7: Keep it accident-proof
Keep flammable items such as dish towels and curtains away from the stove or heaters, and ensure rugs are anti-slip. For a child-friendly kitchen, use drawer locks to keep knives and harmful detergents out of reach and place corner bumpers on sharp edges.
Install ovens at a safe height of 91cm from the floor to prevent curious kids from placing their hands on the door or opening it when it’s hot.
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Rule #8: Organise your storage
The interior fittings of your storage units should be planned with commonly used items in mind. Consider a basket drawer that pulls out to reach sauce and seasoning bottles easily. If you have an L-shaped kitchen, corner solutions help utilise unreachable spaces. Don’t forget rails for pots and hooks to hang your pans from, as these save countertop space.
Rule #9: Pick materials that are easy to maintain
A glass backsplash is easily wiped down, and a granite worktop is hardy and heat-resistant. Although tiles are prone to a grease build-up, you can clean it easily by scrubbing the surface with warm water and powdered bleach. Stainless steel is another durable and easy-to-maintain material.
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Rule #10: Think ahead
Save money in the long run by investing in durable worktops and cabinets, and smart storage systems. Avoid building structures and compartments that are not versatile in function and size, as you might need to replace current appliances with larger-sized ones.
A well-maintained and neat kitchen also adds value to your home. Whether or not you are intending to sell your home, “flexibility and functionality in the kitchen, to ensure maximum usage of space and storage, is imperative,” says Andrew Ching, chief designer of interior design firm D5 Studio Image.