Planning a kitchen: 9 rules to follow


Do you want a future kitchen that is both beautiful and functional? Here are 9 tips to consider when designing. Your kitchen is where you perform many important daily tasks. Whether you cook, clean, eat, or entertain, the kitchen should be a place to feel good. And a well thought out and designed kitchen can help you achieve that. Whether you are planning to renovate your current kitchen or designing a new one, these rules will help you create a place that you will enjoy immensely. Follow our advice on how to organize space and use essential features for a kitchen that looks beautiful and effectively meets all your needs.

Rule 1: follow the principle of the activity triangle

The activity triangle is a concept almost a century old that is still in force today in kitchen design. It is a principle that dictates the location of three essential parts: the oven, the refrigerator and the sink. The theory is that when these three elements are close – but not too close together either, the kitchen will be easy to use and the cook will not have to take a lot of unnecessary steps. The principle of the activity triangle is an interior design concept known to all kitchen designers and kitchen design professionals. It is still relevant even if other precepts have appeared such as the zoning of the kitchen.

Rule 2: compose work zones

A more modern approach that parallels the concept of the activity triangle is that of work areas. Instead of focusing on the distance between appliances, Zone Theory asks you to divide the kitchen layout by function. Each of these areas obviously includes everything you need for the related tasks. Here is how the zones are generally distributed:

  • storing food in the refrigerator and / or pantry,
  • food preparation with hob, oven, microwave, small appliances, cutting boards, etc.
  • pots, pans and kitchen utensils,
  • cleaning and waste with the dishwasher, sink, cleaning products, garbage cans and possibly the compost bin,
  • plates, cutlery, glasses, etc.

Rule 3: consider doors and how you open them

In a kitchen, we often forget that there is not only one door at the entrance to the room – when it is not open to the main room, but indeed doors everywhere: cupboards, refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, etc. In their open position, the doors of all these elements must in no case collide. For a room that is not of sufficient size and would require interference, be sure that the overlapping doors are not used at the same time. This could for example be considered for the oven door and the dishwasher door.

Rule 4: plan work plans

Consider your meal preparation needs to guide your choice of countertops. People who love to cook need more counter space (ideally between the oven and the sink) than those who cook rarely or prepare simple meals.

Rule 5: don’t forget to install enough electrical outlets

Make sure your kitchen has plenty of electrical outlets in areas where you plan to use a kettle, coffee maker, toaster, blender, and other small household appliances. Install outlets wherever you need them. If you want to charge devices in a discreet way, you can, for example, equip a drawer with electrical outlets.

Rule 6: anticipate the function of the island

Think about how you would like to use your kitchen island before you consider its design. If you want to cook and eat there, for example, allow enough space for the hob to be sufficiently separated from the dining area for added safety. For more functionality, the island can also accommodate other items such as a sink or a dishwasher.

Rule 7: think of your kitchen as a place to meet

The kitchen is the heart of the house, a space towards which we naturally gravitate. From this point of view, the areas where we get together, those where we take an aperitif, where we nibble or where we take the meal must be independent of the activity triangle. The idea is not to disturb the person who is cooking.

Rule 8: make it easy to unpack the races

The ergonomics of the kitchen should not be limited to the fact of cooking. The way you enter your home and unload your groceries is also a consideration, although this is often overlooked. Placing the refrigerator and pantry near the entrance to the kitchen and preferably near a counter or countertop makes unpacking groceries much smoother in general.

Rule 9: create a zone to exchange messages

In an easily visible place, such as next to the refrigerator, set an area to leave messages for yourself. Place a bulletin board, chalkboard, or whiteboard on it to create a place to jot down reminders or sewing lists. Keep a calendar, notebook and writing stuff nearby.

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