A kitchen layout will affect its functionality, though the choice of layout may be constrained by the size of your room. Traditionally kitchen layouts have been thought in terms of a triangle, with the ‘points’ being the sink, the oven/hotplate and the fridge as they were considered the most frequented areas.
Along with this traditional thinking there was a special formula about the acceptable number of footsteps between each triangle point. Well, we think that’s all old hat. The triangle idea was developed back when kitchens were stand alone rooms with only one person cooking in them.
Open plan living has had an influence on kitchen design. These days there’s also the dishwasher and the walk in pantry to think of. Not to mention the island bench were you may be entertaining guests, supervising homework and cooking at the same time. Plus you may have your oven (or ovens) in different places to that of your hob.
The most common kitchen layouts are L shaped, U shaped, galley and even a G shaped. When considering your own triangle / pentagon / hexagon consider whether you’ll need separate areas for preparation, cleaning/washing, cooking, making tea/coffee and eating.
Whatever kitchen design layout you choose don’t under estimate how much storage you’ll need.
Hard to access areas are still worth turning into storage, especially for items you use sporadically – like an ice crusher that gets used only in summer.
You’ll also need to consider style and appearance. Are you a hide appliances away person or do like your bright red KitchenAid or your Gaggia espresso machine on display. Then consider how much bench area you have leftover for preparation.
An island can perform double duty as a kitchen benchtop above with storage underneath. But an island could also restrict the flow of traffic through the kitchen. The wrong placement can turn your island into a hindrance rather than a help.
Another thing to consider when you design a kitchen plan is light. Do you have a window? Does it allow direct sunlight or is it south facing? Light will affect your choice of bench top and cabinet colours. Dark surfaces in dark rooms will need more direct task lighting.
We could go on with loads of other things you need to consider. Whether your designing a layout for a home or a commercial kitchen, Rosemount are experts. Come into one of our showrooms as there’s nothing like standing in a full size kitchen to give you some inspiration. Bring in your wish list, your mood boards and your magazine clippings and we can help you bring your kitchen dream to life.
We can design a kitchen in any style: contemporary, traditional, classic, modern, french provincial, kosherand handle-less.
And we’re a proud member of the HIA and Cabinet Makers Association of Victoria.
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