When you're faced with designing a new kitchen, it can seem overwhelming. Of course, you'll want a place to cook, but you'll more than likely have so much more in mind for your space. Depending on the size of the room you're working with, you might want to combine cooking and prep areas with dining and living zones in one open-plan space.
In recent years, the kitchen has become a family hub, where everyone can come together for precious family time, to enjoy a home-cooked meal or work together on homework. Everyone wants to have enough room to come together, but still, be able to do their own thing. Even if you don't have masses of space, the right layout will give you somewhere to enjoy a glass of wine with friends and be part of the conversation while preparing a great meal.
When it comes to making a room as functional as possible, having a good layout will help you make the most of available space and keep everything well organised, with most regularly used items close to hand. Though you would be forgiven for believing that the key to a good kitchen is all about storage, but it's not. Flow is an important consideration. Especially if you're working with an open-plan space or where there are several doorways or an island to work around.
The layout is also a good way to steer traffic away from certain dangerous spots of the kitchen and towards more user-friendly areas instead, such as the fridge or a seating area. This will help you to ensure that your kitchen is a practical, safe and sociable space for all its users, guests and children included.
Take a look at our handy guide, to help you design the most efficient space possible.
Starting to Plan Your Kitchen Layout
In most cases, measuring the size and shape of your room will be the key to determining the most suitable design. Combining this with the classic 'working triangle' will help minimise effort and walking distance between the sink, fridge and cooker by placing them on three points of a triangle.
Using this approach will work with most kitchen layouts, although if you have to run all the appliances and the sink along one wall, you may need to work around this and 'flatten' the triangle. To do this, position the three appliances in a line and make sure they only have a few steps to walk in between.
However, nothing is set in stone and you don't necessarily have to use this method. If the triangle works in your kitchen, that's great, but don't feel attached to it. Just make sure the layout will work for you in the long run and won't get tiresome.
The Working Triangle or Another Theory?
You may feel that the triangle is just too rigid for your kitchen and that you would prefer to envision your new kitchen in terms of zones. Another good way to lay out a kitchen is by designing a few 'task zones' and setting them out in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise route.
These tasks can include emptying the dishwasher and putting crockery back, making breakfast, preparing meals, cooking, and cleaning. Keeping all the different items that are involved in these tasks together and close to hand can help create the most convenient workflow for your day to day tasks.
How Can I Control the Flow of People in My Kitchen?
Having a workspace is, of course, crucial, but the movement of people around the kitchen space as a whole could use some careful thought, especially if you have young children. Keeping children away from dangerous parts of the kitchen and stopping guests from getting in the way could make life just that bit easier, especially when you're halfway through cooking a meal. Try placing the fridge at the threshold so that children have easy access to drinks and snacks without straying into your path.
If your kitchen has an island, this can easily be utilised as a useful shield for the cook. Positioning bar stools along the opposite side will give guests a place to perch out of the way.
What if My Kitchen isn't a Standard Shape?
Not all kitchens will be a standard cube or rectangle shape. Some have limited wall space, others will have sloping ceilings, and some will even have tricky features to work around such as pillars or numerous doorways. These can all be used in your favour, to help you split up the room into zones, dedicating one to dining or one to storage and keeping the working in another zone.
The Finished Product
When you've finished planning the layout of your new kitchen, of course, you'll more than likely want to upgrade your appliances. This is where Appliance World can help. Here at Appliance World, we are one of the leading specialists of kitchen appliances in Manchester. We stock hundreds of appliances at fantastic, highly competitive prices. With our huge team of experienced experts, we'll be more than happy to help you find the perfect appliances for your new kitchen. We are proud to stock an extensive range of big-name manufacturer brands such as Bosch, Samsung, Hotpoint and many more. So, if you're looking for new kitchen appliances around Manchester, be sure to get in contact with us today on 0161 794 3030.