Designing a kitchen for your home is rarely an easy task. There are thousands of custom home design magazines, books and websites with millions of ideas, making it almost impossible to pick the things that are just right for you and your family. While there can be a lot to choose from, there are a few things that you need to consider for the layout of any kitchen. While picking colors and materials is a personal matter of taste, these ideas will make your kitchen more functional.
Keep Your Dishwasher Close to the Sink
Make sure to keep your dishwasher close to the sink. The farther apart these two essential items are, the more likely it is that you’ll drip water and food across your kitchen floor. Separating this fixture and appliance will also make it more expensive to construct your new kitchen since an extra water line will most likely need to be run.
Where Will the Garbage Can Go?
Placing the garbage can in an out-of-the-way location might make the kitchen look good in pictures, but it will be much harder to use and clean the kitchen. Instead, think about using a pull-out drawer to hide your bin at the end of an island or inside a cabinet near the entrance of the kitchen. Don’t forget to include space for a compost and recycling bin as well.
Avoid Corner Appliances
Dishwashers and ovens shouldn’t be placed in corners because it limits your ability to access the dishes inside. Corner appliances are also notoriously difficult to work on and replace. If you have the room, place these appliances in a kitchen island so that you can access them from as many sides as possible. If you must place them along a wall, try to put them at the end of a row of cabinets.
If you like the idea of storing your small appliances out of view, then you’re going to need to put electrical sockets into your cabinets so that these appliances can be plugged in without you moving them across the kitchen. To this end, you may also want to consider building extra tall cabinets at eye level to accommodate these appliances.
If you’re putting in an island or more than one row of counters, be sure to leave yourself at least forty inches of room between the edges of the countertops. This will give you enough room to move around and open cabinet and appliance doors without bumping into things.