Whether you have a small galley kitchen where you cook meals for two or a large, open floor plan kitchen that’s designed for entertaining, your kitchen layout will be integral for your overall design. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, think about the following helpful tips for improving the efficiency of your room layout.
Direct Traffic Flow
The kitchen is a multi-purpose space in any household, so you should plan for outside traffic to move through the room even when someone is cooking or cleaning. Make key points like the refrigerator, pantry, and sink easy to access while cooktops are more out of the way.
Include Landing Spaces for Workstations in the Kitchen
Modern kitchens will feature many workstations and appliances, including the stove, oven, warming appliances, dishwasher, and prep areas. In addition to these features, you’ll also want to account for landing space for foods and dishes coming out of each workspace. For example, the sink and dishwashing area should include space on the counter for drying larger dishes or placing a dish rack. Ideally, you’ll also have about 15 inches of countertop space available on either side of the refrigerator and various cooking appliances.
Consider Countertop Height
Kitchen layouts accommodate for how your kitchen will be used and how people will move through the space. However, it’s easy to forget details that will ultimately affect how you fit into your kitchen. Countertop height is often neglected as a consideration in kitchen layouts, but it can dramatically impact how efficiently you can prepare foods and keep the space clean. Opting for multi-level countertops can allow families to work together in the kitchen and make baking prep easier.
Southwest Kitchen & Bath will help you account for every detail of your kitchen remodel, including your ideal layout. Contact our team in Tucson at (520) 531-9187 to start planning your renovations.