On the contrary to what you believe, managing the kitchen layouts is important. You will need to determine where you are going to drink, eat, socialize, and cook in the kitchen. Kitchens should be both functional and beautiful. If you are able to do this, you have achieved a successful stage in the kitchen management and planning. So, where should you start?
Kitchen Triangle and Its Management
Don’t forget that creating a kitchen triangle is crucial. If you don’t want to, that’s okay, but remember that it is going to affect the way you move in the kitchen and also your efficiency in using the appliances (and tools). Planning your triangle ahead during the kitchen layouts management can give you clear ideas of how the kitchen should look like – and how you are going to move.
The kitchen triangle is the area in between your refrigerator, stove, and sink. The area in between those three spots should be clear from any obstruction or hindrance. Unfortunately, many people are still making mistakes in this area. The sink is the one getting the most actions so it should be close to the stove and also the refrigerator. It also should be close to the plumbing – but most homeowners fail to address this factor, resulting in them having the plumbing in a poor area. If this happens to you, you need to hire a professional plumber to remove and relocate the plumbing.
Moreover, the size of the work triangle should be between 10 feet and 25 feet – no more and no less. If it is less than 10 feet, it would be too small and people may trip over another. If it is more than 25 feet, preparing the food can be too tiring and less efficient.
Storage Space Management
Let’s face it; one of the challenges of kitchen layouts is to plan the storage space. Even if you have big cabinets or spacious drawers, it is so easy to waste up spaces. How many of you have managed to make use even the smallest space inside a drawer or a cabinet for effective keep and storage? Such a space waste can be prevented or avoided, but you need to plan it beforehand. For instance, if you have a small kitchen, you may want to install the extra long upper side cabinets with the special moldings for the storage. You should also install the cabinets over the refrigerator because it will make use any available space. It is also a good idea to install shelves inside the backs of lower side cabinets for better management.
Kitchen Island Management
Don’t forget that the kitchen island is also important in the kitchen planning and layout. Unfortunately, if you do it wrong (you choose the wrong location or the wrong size), your island will be a burden instead of a big help. You need to make sure that the kitchen island won’t obstruct the working triangle. The island should be 4 x 2 feet in length and depth. If your kitchen is less than 12 feet long and 8 feet deep, then an island isn’t needed. That’s how you manage the right kitchen layouts correctly.