The right layout will make the most of your space and ensure your kitchen meets your needs. To achieve your perfect layout, measure up first and take some time to work through all the possible options to be clear about what will work.
In doing so, ask yourself these questions:
This is the golden rule of kitchen design. It’s used to ensure your space works efficiently by checking the flow between the three main appliances in your kitchen: the cooktop, sink and refrigerator. See the diagrams below for popular interpretations of this.
If you’ve got the space, a u-shape kitchen will do the trick. It’s the largest of the kitchen styles and provides you with the most bench and storage space.
A galley is often the best choice for smaller spaces or apartments. It is highly functional, streamlined and make fantastic use of vertical space.
For a social and interactive kitchen, an Island layout is the popular choice. It works well in open plan areas as it creates a natural division between spaces.
An L-shape kitchen is the ideal layout to incorporate your kitchen and dining spaces in an open plan space. It’s an informal, European inspired design with a focus on communal use of space.
When you’re thinking big, it’s easy to overlook the details. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your new kitchen.
When installing wall cabinets, make sure there is a 600mm clearance to allow space for appliances and any tiling you want to install.
If you’re planning to have cabinets opposite each other in your kitchen, be sure to check that the width between them allows for the doors to open fully at the same time. We’d recommend around 1200mm if space permits.
Cabinets should never be flush to the wall as the door or drawer won’t have enough room to open fully. Leave a 50mm clearance between the wall and cabinet to prevent this problem.
It’s best to keep kitchen drawers away from corners, as when placed here they obstruct and bang into the adjacent cabinet.