Important Guidelines When Designing a Kitchen

Designing a kitchen from scratch can be one of the most exciting projects in a home. While building a kitchen, homeowners have the opportunity to add their special touch to this wildly important room. But before you jump into the process, we want to share six important guidelines. These general requirements are important to consider when planning out your new kitchen. Plus, they are all approved by The National Kitchen and Bath Association. Let us get started! 

 

Guidelines for Your Kitchen’s Layout

No. 1: The Doorway

When designing your kitchen, you want your doorway’s opening to be at least 34 inches wide. This standard doorway will fit a two-foot by ten-inch door. After your door is installed, you want to make sure that nothing blocks the doorway. This will help you and your family’s safety in case of an emergency. 

No. 2: Work Area.

    • The Aisle: The aisle where you will be working in should be at least 42 inches. While working out the 42 inches, be sure to include the space that your cabinets and appliances will take. 
    • The Walkway: Your walking area’s width should be at least 36 inches. This measurement will help provide enough space for you to comfortably move throughout your kitchen.

No. 3: Meal Preparation

The sink in your kitchen should be located across from your main cooking surface and refrigerator. This will help during your meal preparation. 

No. 4: Clean-Up.

To help make cleaning up easier, your dishwasher should be no more than 36 inches from your sink. 

No. 5: Counters

When buying your countertops, opt-in for clipped or rounded corners to prevent injuries from sharp corners. Also, you want the total length of your countertops to be 158 inches with the depth being 24 inches. Be sure to have a 15-inch clearance between your countertops and upper cabinetry. 

No. 6: Oven.

You will want to provide a 15-inch countertop area next to your oven. This will provide a space to place your freshly cooked meals. Also, be sure to purchase an oven that is appropriately sized for your kitchen’s walkway. You will want to take into consideration its measurements for when the oven’s door is opened. 

 

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